An ancient Shinto belief that the unpredictable, calamitous forces of nature are animated by tormented human spirits (onryō) underlies the legendary origin of the Kitano Tenjin shrine, dedicated to Sugawara Michizane
Shōtoku at Two Years ca. Wood, crystal, and pigments Kamakura period Japan. Over many years a devotional cult arose around the figure of Prince Shōtoku born in 572 as protector of Japan, the Imperial Family, and Buddhism.
Hanging Iron Lantern, Kamakura Period, (Dated 1319) Donated by Mr. Soichiro Suzuki Important Cultural Property EK 48 Kyoto National Museum. From the openwork inscription, it is known to be the oldest dated hanging lantern in Japan. This lantern was made by Sadasumi of Owari Province, and was formerly owned by Choryoji temple in Hakusan.
Yabusame is a type of mounted archery in traditional Japanese archery. An archer on a running horse shoots three special "turnip-headed" arrows successively at three wooden targets. This style of archery has its origins at beginning of Kamakura period.