Kamakura Museum of National Treasures, Kamakura

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The Kamakura Museum of National Treasures or Kamakura Museum or Kamakura National Treasure House is a museum located on the grounds of Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū in Yukinoshita, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. The museum houses around 4800 objects from the Kamakura region including sculptures, paintings and industrial art objects. Most of these works originate from the Kamakura and Muromachi periods, spanning from the 12th to the 16th century. Some of the items were produced in China and imported to Japan.NameThe term "National Treasure" in the museum's name refers to "old" National Treasures of Japan, term which denoted all the state-designated Cultural Properties of Japan before the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties came into force on August 29, 1950. All of the old national treasures became Important Cultural Properties and some of them have been designated as (new) National Treasures since June 9, 1951. From a current perspective the name refers to a museum housing both Important Cultural Properties and National Treasures.HistoryThe Kamakura Museum of National Treasure was founded in April 1928 to protect important art works after the 1923 Great Kantō earthquake. The building, which was constructed in the same year, was modeled after the Shōsōin treasure house of Tōdai-ji, Nara. During World War II, in June 1945, part of the collection was evacuated to Kushikawa in Tsukui District in the northwestern part of Kamakura, and the museum was temporarily closed between August and October 1945. The items which had been moved returned in May 1946.
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  • This little museum has some great sculptures. Unfortunately photos were not allowed, so I can't share them with you. I guess you will just have to see for yourselves.  more »
  • Entry in the local history society of friends, a group of 35 people, with a detailed description of the curator could take 10 minutes. Was impressed by paying the entrance fee is 10 minutes worth of heritage related to mobile content. Hand, as well as through the Buddha of Kamakura age, glass may look impressive. Statues on the idle I statues were built long time ago is not understood well, 10 minutes are worth a look.
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  • The Museum simply potrjasajushaja a collection of statues, including a very lively Jenmu-Dai-about. It was also a wonderful exhibition of dolls at the Imperial Court. The museum itself is located in a great location. Just don't forget everything closes early, up to half of the fifth.
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  • This museum is a great place and located inside an amazing park/temple/shrine area.
  • Good collection and location. Need some more English explanations in the exhibits.
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  • You can visit the Buddha is nearly impossible to worship and pilgrimage to the temple, worshipping, but deposited in the Kamakura national treasure house for various reasons. Magnificent 12 divine generals is Yakushi-Sanson. And the statue of the twelve heavenly generals leave 10 cm, let me see your face really seeing. Remember Temple after I went, so drunk on the power of the 12 divine generals.
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  • Recommended here. It is indeed feeling Kamakura. Hachiman customers indeed. After exploring, not just the front full of charm.
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