Marking 1,300 years since the creation of the Nihon Shoki – the first full official history of Japan – this exhibition presents a group of manuscripts, sculptures and other artefacts that together shed light on the two narratives contained in the Shoki: that of Izumo, sacred realm of the Shinto gods, and that of Yamato, where humans first dwelt. Find out more from the Tokyo National Museum’s website.
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The Chronicles of Japan (Nihon Shoki), Volume 2 (1375–77), Aichi, Japan. Courtesy Tokyo National Museum
Carving, purportedly depicting Healing Buddha Yakushi Triad (7th–8th century), Nara, Japan. Courtesy Tokyo National Museum
Ritual bell (dotaku) (2nd–1st century BC), Unnan City, Japan. Courtesy Tokyo National Museum
Cosmetic box with deer in autumn field (13th century), Shimane, Japan. Courtesy Tokyo National Museum
Jikokuten (Dhrtarastra) (7th century), Nara, Japan. Courtesy Tokyo National Museum