Asuka Historical Museum

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Asuka Historical Museum
飛鳥資料館
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Asuka Historical Museum
Asuka Historical Museum is located in Japan
Asuka Historical Museum
Location of Asuka Historical Museum, Asuka, Nara Prefecture, Japan
Established 1975
Location Okuyama, Asuka, Nara Prefecture, Japan
Coordinates 34°29′04″N 135°49′30″E / 34.484504°N 135.824962°E / 34.484504; 135.824962
Type Historical museum
Director Keiji Matsumura
Curator Shinji Katō
Public transit access By bus from Kashiharajingū-mae Station, Asuka Station, Nara Sakurai Station, or Yamato-Yagi Station
Nearest car park On site (no charge)
Website Asuka Historical Museum
飛鳥資料館(Japanese)

The Asuka Historical Museum (飛鳥資料館 Asuka Shiryōkan?) is a historical museum in Okuyama, Asuka, Nara Prefecture, Japan. The museum was founded in 1975 and is a unit of the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties.[1]

Collections[edit]

The Asuka Historical Museum primarily preserves and exhibits materials from the 6th to 8th centuries, specifically from the Asuka period (538–710) of Japanese history. Its collection also includes materials from the late Kofun period (250–538) and Nara period (710–794).[2] Unlike other regional museums which house well-known materials from the early periods of Japanese history, Asuka Historical Museum exhibits materials from recent, local excavations.[3] The Asuka Historical Museum is a repository of materials excavated by the Department of Imperial Palace Sites Investigations of the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. Its collections center on materials from the Asuka, Fujiwara, and Heijō palaces.[2]

Exhibits[edit]

The Asuka Historical Museum houses regular exhibits in two halls. Exhibit Hall 1 focuses on materials associated with the Asuka Palace and the Soga clan, along with Asuka-dera, Kawara-dera, and the Takamatsuzuka and Kitora tumuli.[2] Exhibit Hall 2 features excavated materials from the Yamada-dera cloister, which was built by Soga no Kurayamada no Ishikawamaro (d. 649), a grandson of Soga no Umako (551?– 626).[4] The gardens of the museum house reproductions of large-scale rock carvings and statues from the Asuka period. Special exhibits are held in the spring and fall, and the museum has a small library.[2]

Facility[edit]

The museum facility is a concrete structure built in the sukiya-zukuri Japanese residential architectural style.[1] The museum, along with other institutes and historical sites related to the Asuka period, is included in the 60 hectares (150 acres) of the Asuka Historical National Government Park.[5]

Publications[edit]

Like other units of the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, the Asuka Historical Museum publishes exhibition catalogs and technical reports on museum research.[1] The museum has published the monographic series Asuka Shiryōkan Zuroku (飛鳥資料館図錄?) since 1973, prior to the official opening of the museum.[6]

Transportation[edit]

The Asuka Historical Museum is accessible by bus from numerous train stations:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Asuka Shiryōkan (飛鳥資料館)". Kokushi Daijiten (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Asuka Historical Museum". Nara, Nara Prefecture: Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  3. ^ "Asuka Historical National Government Park". Asuka, Nara Prefecture: Asuka Historical National Government Park. c. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Soga no Kurayamada no Ishikawamaro". Nihon Daihyakka Zensho (Nipponika) (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 
  5. ^ "Facilities, Asuka Historical National Government Park". Asuka, Nara Prefecture: Asuka Historical National Government Park. c. 2012. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  6. ^ Nara Kokuritsu Bunkazai Kenkyūjo, Asuka Shiryōkan (1973-). Asuka Shiryōkan zuroku (飛鳥資料館図錄) (in Japanese). Asuka, Nara Prefecture, Japan: Nara Kokuritsu Bunkazai Kenkyūjo, Asuka Shiryōkan. OCLC 499759890.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ "Kōtsū Annai" [Transportation Guide] (in Japanese). Nara, Nara Prefecture: Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-29. 

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