Kyoto Shimbun 2007.6.11 News

Introducing Funeral Ceremonies of Edo Period Emperors
Exhibition at Sennyuji Temple Museum

A special exhibition, which traces the transitions of the Imperial Family's funeral ceremonies, is being held at Sennyuji Temple's museum in Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto. During the Edo Period, all emperors' funeral rites took place at the temple, and the exhibition introduces a glimpse of the temple where generations of the Imperial House's family are enshrined.

From the Kamakura to Edo Periods, funeral ceremonies for 24 emperors were conducted at Sennyuji Temple. Until then, other dominant temples had been reserved for imperial funerals. After the passing of the Emperor Shijo in 1242 however, his maternal grandfather, Michiie Kujo, used his authority to have services moved to Sennyuji Temple.

There are about 30 exhibits on display, including writings recording imperial funerals. The program of ceremonies for the Emperor Gokomyo in 1654 became the model for later funereal ceremonies. Articles related to the deceased of the Imperial House are also on display. The exhibition will continue until September 23. The museum is closed on the 4th Monday of every month. There is an entrance fee.

(translated by Galileo, Inc.)

Photo= Exhibition at Sennyuji Temple's museum (Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto)