Dedicated high-definition reproductions of the national treasure “Wind God Thunder God Map Folding Screen” to Kenninji Temple in Kyoto Prefecture in the “Tsuzuri Project” that inherits Japanese culture to the future

As the 14th work of the “Tsuzuri Project” (official name: Cultural Property Future Succession Project) jointly undertaken by the Kyoto Cultural Association (hereinafter referred to as the “Kyoto Cultural Association”) and Canon Inc. (hereinafter referred to as “Canon”), we produced a high-definition reproduction of the national treasure “Fushin Raijinzu Byobu” (written by Tawaraya Sodai), and on November 5, 2021, the Rinzai sect Daihonzan Kenninji Temple (*) in Kyoto Prefecture (hereinafter referred to as “Kenninji Temple”) I will dedicate it to the .

National treasure National treasure “Wind God Thunder God Map Folding Screen” (Written by Tawaraya Sotatsu)


  • High-definition reproduction of the national treasure “Wind God Thunder God Map Folding Screen” produced with the latest technology and equipment

The national treasure “Wind God Thunder God Zu Folding Screen” owned by Kenninji Temple is said to be the masterpiece of Tawaraya Sotatsu, the founder of the Rinpa school, and is one of japan’s representative cultural properties. From the viewpoint of the protection of the work, it is currently deposited in the Kyoto National Museum, and the opportunities to be open to the public are limited.
The reproduction of this work has been produced in the fourth phase of the Tsuzuri Project, and the high-definition reproductions dedicated to Kenninji Temple in 2011 have been appreciated by many people in Japan and overseas. In this fiscal year, we are creating a new high-definition reproduction that more faithfully reproduces original cultural assets using the latest technology that has evolved over the past 10 years.
In the production, we photographed original cultural assets with the high-performance full-size mirrorless camera “EOS R5”, and realized the acquisition of high-resolution data with a total pixel count of about 4.2 billion pixels. By combining Canon’s latest digital imaging technology with the techniques of kyoto traditional craftsmen, it faithfully reproduces everything from detail to the details of black clouds, pigment particles, fine lines, etc., expressed in shades of ink on gold. Furthermore, by improving the accuracy of our proprietary color matching system, we have achieved high-precision colors in a short time, reducing the burden on original cultural properties as much as possible, and producing more faithful high-definition reproductions.

  • Permanent exhibition dedicated to Kennin-ji Temple

High-definition reproductions produced using the latest technology will be dedicated to Kenninji Temple on November 5, 2021. The dedication works are exhibited at Kennin-ji Temple, and worshipers can appreciate them at any time (admission fee is required separately).

In the Tsuzuri Project, while preserving original cultural properties with limited viewing opportunities in a better environment, we will create opportunities for many people to come into contact with Japanese cultural assets through high-definition reproductions.

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