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Mibu Temple Cultural Properties Exhibition Hall (Mibu Temple History Library)

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The temple has some 190 Kyogen masks from the Muromachi period through to the present day, and some of these are on display

A temple closely associated with Mibu Kyogen and Shinsen-gumi

The origin of this temple dates back to 991 when the monk Kaiken of Mii-dera Temple enshrined a Jizo-Bosatsu image (Bodhisattva who watches over children, travelers and the underworld) at this site. Later, the temple hall was lost in a fire, but this was restored by Taira-no-Masahira in 1295. And, then, in 1300, whilst attempting to rid the city of a plague using the Jizo form of Buddhism, the monk Egaku Shonin started using mime and gestures to pass Buddhist ideology on to the masses, which increased worship of Jizo-Bosatsu and sowed the seeds for “silent plays”, synomous with Mibu Temple, and now known as Mibu Kyogen.
The temple has a treasure room. Here, visitors can see materials related to Mibu Kygoen as well as a folding screen painting (Important Cultural Property) by Tohaku Hasegawa, a Heian-period sculpture of the 11-faced Kannon Bosatsu, an Edo-period sculpture of Jizo-Bosatsu, and Muromachi-period masks (ancient wood-carved masks used in the Kyogen plays). There are also spaces where temple history, Kyogen and the Shinsen-gumi (the shogunate police connected to Mibu-dera) can be learned about.

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photoAn ancient Mibu Kyogen mask

An ancient Mibu Kyogen mask

Address Bojo-dori Bukkoji-agaru, Nakagyo-ku
TEL 075-841-3381
FAX 075-841-4481
URL http://www.mibudera.com
Hours Cultural asset exhibition room is usually closed and is only open in spring (29/4-5/5 9:30~16:30), History room: 9:30~16:30
Closed None
Adm Cultural asset exhibition room: Adults ¥600, Junior high and high school students ¥400/History room: Adults ¥200, Elementary to high school students ¥100
Access A 10-min walk from Hankyu Omiya Stn/A 10-walk from Randen Shijo-Omiya Stn/A 4-min walk from Mibudera-michi Stop of City Bus

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