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Upcoming exhibition "Art and Calligraphy of the Bonbori Lantern: 1938-2017" 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 82nd 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 have ever been dedicated to the shrine. In this exhibition, we pick up and introduce some Bonbori from different 5 ages (1938-1940, 1941-1950, 1951-1960, 1961-1989 and 1990-2017) to contrast the difference of social conditions in each age.

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Date: Fri. 10th July ~ Sun. 6th September

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

                           Close on Mondays except Mon. 10th August

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

Last admission: 30 minutes before closing

Admission fee: Adult ¥600

                        Child (15 and under) ¥300

※Closed until 9th July for preparation for the next exhibition.

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