“Treasures of Todai-ji’s Omizutori Ritual”

Nara National Museum

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The famed Omizutori, Water Drawing Ceremony of Nigatsu-do,Todai-ji is a historic Buddhist ceremony welcoming in the Spring, said to have been introduced by the Priest Jicchu in 752. Renowned for its fire display, this ritual marks an offering of prayer of repentance to the Juichimen Kannon Bosatsu (Kannon Buddhisattva with eleven faces) and entreats for good harvests and protection from harm. Overcoming the ravages of war and disaster this annual ceremony has been realized to date 1262 times and while the main ceremony takes place in middle of night on 12th March, rituals are enacted throughout a period of 1 month from 20th February. To coincide with this year’s ceremony this exhibition showcases implements from this rite of Spring, including historic documents, paintings and artifacts deepening our understanding of this notable religious event.



from February 08, 2014 at 9:30 to March 16, 2014
Closed on 17th and 24th February (Open on 10th February, 3rd and 10th March), Until 20:30 between 8th-14th February, Until 19:00 on 12th March, Until 18:00 between 1st-11th, 13th, 14th March



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