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Upcoming exhibition "Art and Calligraphy of the Bonbori Lantern: Birth of the Bonbori Festival 1938-1955" at Tsurugaoka Museum, Kamakura

From the day before Risshu (the first day of autumn in Japanese calendar) to 9th August, Bonbori Festival is annually held at Tsurugaoka Hachimangu. This year will be the 81st time for the festival. Art and calligraphy, dedicated by the notabilities around Kamakura such as artists, calligraphers, poets etc., are displayed as Bonbori at the shrine ground during the festival. When shrine maidens light Bonbori in the evening, the whole shrine is filled with fantastic and mysterious atmosphere.

Today, the festival is one of summer features in Kamakura. In 1938, when the festival was held for the first time, about 150 art and calligraphy were dedicated by the nobilities in Kamakura. Recently, however, more than 400 art works have been dedicated every year. In its 80-year history, it is more than 20,000 art works that had ever been dedicated to the shrine. In this exhibition, we pick up and introduce some Bonbori from different 4 ages (1938-1940, 1941-1945, 1946-1955 and at present) to contrast the difference of social conditions in each age.

      Date: Thu. 1st August ~ Sun. 25th August

      Opening hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

      Close on Mondays except Mon. 12th August

      Closed 6:00 p.m. from 7th August to 9th August

      Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

      Admission fee: Adult ¥300   Child (15 and under) ¥100

      ※Closed until 31st July for preparation for the next exhibition.

Dawnload leaflet >> https://tsurugaokamuseum.jp/tanoshimu/pdf/20190801chirashi.pdf

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