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For this meetup, we will check out AnimeJapan 2019 "The world’s largest anime industry event targets everyone from fans to artists to producers. This massive event is held at Tokyo Big Sight and separated into three zones: Exhibition Area, Business Area and Family Anime Festa (Mar 23, 24). The programme is packed with performances, gigs, seminars and much more. The Exhibition Area also features booths from leading Japanese anime companies and organisations, plus sales of limited-edition merchandise." [from TimeOut Tokyo (https://www.timeout.com/tokyo/things-to-do/anime-japan)] #Location# Tokyo Big Sight (http://www.bigsight.jp/english/) #Exhibition to see:# AnimeJapan 2019 #Meeting Time# 01:00PM (13:00) #Meeting Spot# Around the ticket gate of the Kokusai-tenjijo-seimon station on Yurikamome line (http://www.yurikamome.tokyo/route_guidance/u-11/) #Museum Admission Fee# ¥2,200 (Advanced Ticket: ¥1,800) Check the page below for details http://www.anime-japan.jp/en/ticket/outline_inside/ #Information about the exhibition# http://www.anime-japan.jp/en/ #Chat session during the meetup# Let's take a break during the meetup and have a chat over coffee.
For this meetup, we will check out an exhibition that showcases treasures from Toji temple, including 15 sculpture from the famous 3 dimensional Mandala produced by Kukai. In this exhibition, we will be able to see those amazing works of art individually from all sides. We definitely should not miss this rare opportunity. We also check out cherry blossoms on the way to museums. Hopefully, the trees will be in full bloom by then. "Following the relocation of the capital to Kyoto, To-ji temple (Kyo-o-gokoku-ji temple) was established alongside Sai-ji temple as a state-sponsored institution meant to ensure divine protection for the country. Around this time, the Japanese priest Kukai travelled to Tang-dynasty China to study the newly-established teachings of Esoteric Buddhism. In 823, Emperor Saga granted Kukai control of To-ji following his return from China. Kukai made this temple the focal point of Shingon Esoteric Buddhism, with the year 2023 set to mark the 1,200th anniversary of the establishment of this influential religious sect. The objects of Esoteric Buddhism associated with Kukai are also of immense artistic quality, with their rich variety and expressiveness holding an exceptional position among the Buddhist art of Japan. This comprehensive exhibition will present cultural properties handed down at To-ji, with a focus on the numerous treasured articles associated with Kukai himself. The Lecture Hall of To-ji houses Kukai’s sculpture mandala, a three-dimensional representation of the pantheon of Shingon Buddhism. This exhibition will feature an unprecedented 15 of the mandala’s 21 sculptures, including 11 National Treasures and 4 Important Cultural Properties. Other magnificent sculptures and paintings, as well as works of calligraphy and decorative art representing the pinnacle of artistic expression in Esoteric Buddhism will also be displayed. We invite you to witness these priceless objects, passed down together with the teachings of Kukai for nearly 1,200 years at To-ji temple." [from the museum site (https://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=1938)] #Location# Tokyo National Museum (https://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=113) #Exhibition to see:# National Treasures of To-ji Temple; Kukai and the Sculpture Mandala #Meeting Time# 03:00PM (15:00) #Meeting Spot# Around the Park Exit of JR Ueno Station (http://www.jreast.co.jp/e/stations/e204.html) #Museum Admission Fee# ¥1,700 #Information about the exhibition# https://toji2019.jp/en/index.html #Chat session after the show# As usual, let's have a chat session at the end of the event. When we meet up before the exhibition, let's decide where we go after the show.