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Kanazawa Bunko (金沢文庫?) is a private museum located in Kanazawa Ward, Yokohama, Japan. This museum features a private collection of traditional Japanese and Chinese art objects, which is made accessible to the general public.
The Kanazawa Bunko was originally a library, which it still is today primarily, but its collection also includes Japanese and Chinese art objects. It was one of the two most important centers of learning in medieval Japan, with Ashikaga Gakkō being the other. The library was opened in 1275 by Hōjō Sanetoki (1224–76), a grandson of Hōjō Yoshitoki, second regent of the Kamakura shogunate.
The art collection of the Kanazawa Bunko includes Kamakura portraits, calligraphy,[disambiguation needed] Chinese and Japanese classics, Buddhist sutras, and Zen writings. It is housed in a building in the precincts of the temple Shōmyōji, though in a new building. The collection includes an eleven-headed Kannon (Goddess of Mercy), a Miroku, a map of Japan, and other images designated as Important Cultural Properties.
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