The historical museum of Hanazono University (花園大学歴史博物館)

The historical museum of Hanazono University was established in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto City, in 2000. This is the first museum established by a Buddhism-based university.

Hanazono University has used the museum for exhibitions and educational activities as a core facility used not only for education, but making the materials accumulated through its research activities open to the public.

Although the museum is mainly operated by history teachers in literature department, volunteers centered on undergraduate and graduate students also participate in activities, like exhibitions, providing students aiming at becoming curators an opportunity of learning practical curators' work through in fact handling real artifacts and documents.

The museum is open:
10: 00 to 16: 00 (until 14: 00 on Saturdays)
Basically, the museum is open during class hours.

Facilities

The first exhibition room (for permanent exhibitions)
The second exhibition room (for special or planned exhibitions)
A curator room and a room for preparing exhibitions
A special storage room

The exhibition rooms are on the fourth floor of Musho-kan Hall.

In the first exhibition room, there is a system to aid visitors viewing exhibitions, made by combining QR codes and cell phones, has been developed and installed mostly by students from the information history sub-course in of the literature department.

Exhibitions

Permanent exhibitions

Materials collected in the four departments of archaeology, ethnology, art and zen-culture, history and documents are exhibited.

Major items include the following (note that all of the collected items are not exhibited):

Haniwa (unglazed terra-cotta cylinders and hollow sculptures arranged on and around the tomb mounds [kofun]) unearthed from the second Ogontsuka tumulus (from the end of fourth century), Momoyama-cho, Fushimi Ward, the largest keyhole-shaped tomb mound in Kyoto City. They include a shield-type haniwa with a line drawing of a shaman-like human being. Relics excavated in an academic investigation of the Nijo-Sanbo site of Heian-kyo.
The premises of Hanazono University

Ethnic materials collected in village communities in Ouda-cho Town, Nara Prefecture.

Indian-ink drawings by Ekaku HAKUIN
"Jurokurakan-zu" (Sixteen arhats) drawn by Saizan (in Yuan era in China)

Documents of the Mataga family
The Mataga family was a family of a gokenin (a retainer under direct control of a shogun) in Iwami Province. 22 items of documents from the period between 1236 and 1468.

Special exhibitions and planned exhibitions

Ordinarily, two special or planned exhibitions are held once in the spring and once in the autumn.

A special exhibition commemorating the opening of the museum, 'Look, read, and reach a deep understanding: HAKUIN, a great priest, and his followers' (November 14 to December 9, 2000).
With the cooperation of The Institute for Zen Studies
Special exhibition in the spring of the fiscal year 2001, 'Youthful Japanese paintings: poster selections' (April 4 to June 30, 2001)
Planned exhibition in the autumn of the fiscal year 2001, 'Painting of Kansai MORI and his followers: Kansai, Sosen MORI, Shuho MORI, Tetsuzan MORI and Ippo MORI' (October 9 to December 1, 2001)
With the cooperation of The Yamaguchi Prefectural Museum of Art
An exhibition planned by the Japanese department, 'A collection of books by Takeji TOKI' (December 6 to December 14, 2001)
Planned by the literature department, Hanazono University
A planned exhibition commemorating the establishment of the information history sub-course of the literature department, 'A reproduction of Heian-kyo Capital: Pictures depicting the former capital site based on original pictures of Toshio KAJIKAWA' (April 3 to July 6, 2002)
With the cooperation of Toshio KAJIKAWA
Special exhibition in the autumn of the fiscal year 2002, 'Fine articles owned by Seiken-ji Temple, a noted temple in the Tokai region: Korean mission to Japan and art in zen temples' (October 28 to December 21, 2002)
With the cooperation of Seiken-ji Temple
Planned exhibition in the spring of fiscal year 2003, 'Kyoto in every age: paintings of famous spots in Kyoto, Heiantsushi (a book on Kyoto history compiled by Kyoto City) and a world of panoramic maps' (April 3 to June 7, 2003)
Planned exhibition in fiscal year 2003, A public program concerning knowledge on Kyoto, a plan related to an open campus policy, 'Literature in the Heian period: A collection of books by Takeji TOKI' (July 29 to August 2, 2003)
Special exhibition in the autumn of fiscal year 2003, 'A newly collected Jurokurakan-zu' (October 20 to December 13, 2003)
Special exhibition in the spring of fiscal year 2004, 'A fantastic conflagration story in Kyoto: a turbulent Kyoto in the era near the end of the Edo period' (April 3 to June 12, 2004)
Special exhibition in the autumn of fiscal year 2004, 'HAKUIN, zen paintings and Indian-ink drawings: newly found Ryuun-ji Temple collections' (October 25 to November 27, 2004)
With the cooperation of Ryuun-ji Temple
Planned exhibition in the spring of fiscal year 2005, 'Chic linings of haori (half-coats): collections of Kunikazu YAMANA' (April 2 to June 25, 2005)
With the cooperation of Kunikazu YAMANA
Planned exhibition in the autumn of fiscal year 2005, 'The eyes of Shoshian: small-sized Japanese paintings' (November 7 to December 17, 2005)
Planned exhibition in the spring of fiscal year 2006, 'Beauty of foil, products of Yasushi NOGUCHI: foil as a painting material, approaching the problem of which of gold foil and gold powder is used in red and white Japanese plum painting by Korin OGATA' (April 3 to June 24, 2006)
With the cooperation of Yasushi NOGUCHI
Planned exhibition in the spring of fiscal year 2007, 'The world of illustrations: publishing culture in modern times' (April 11 to June 29, 2007)
Planned exhibition in the autumn of fiscal year 2007, 'Uji dolls: the world of dolls made of tea trees' (October 22 to December 15, 2007)
Planned exhibition in the spring of fiscal year 2008, 'Myoshin-ji Temple, a temple related to Ksuga no tsubone (a woman famous as a host mother of a shogun during the Edo period)' (April 2 to June 28, 2008)

Other

This university is participating in the Kyoto Community Museum "Historic Corridor" Project.