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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

The art of Buddhism, Shingon-style

Photos by Bruce Asato • The Honolulu Advertiser

Above: Rev. Taiken Akiyama (second from left) of the Haleiwa Shingon Mission performed a purification ceremony yesterday at the entrance to the "Sacred Treasures of Mount Koya" exhibit at the Honolulu Academy of Arts. The exhibit has 91 pieces — paintings, sculptures, textiles and printed works — dating from the Heian Period to the Showa Period, described by the academy as part of Japan's Shingon Buddhist tradition.

Right: Mannichi Kobo Daishi, the founder of Shingon Buddhism, greets visitors at the entrance to the art exhibit. The piece is from the Muromachi Period.