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Face-To-Face With Buddhist Deities in Nara

Learn How To Appreciate the Temples and Their Surroundings. Come take a virtual journey to the ancient city of Kyoto and Nara! The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles will present two virtual lectures focusing on Buddhist Deity sculptures in Buddhist temples in Kyoto and Nara.

Michael VanHartingsveldt will present a brief history for four temples in each lecture and then highlight specific and noteworthy sculptures visitors might want to see within their precincts. 

Kay Allen from the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) will then suggest unique and interesting experiences that can be found in the general vicinity of each temple.

Kyoto: February 11, 7pm – 8:30pm RSVP HERE
Nara: February 25, 7pm – 8:30pm (This Event) RSVP HERE

Each lecture will run for 1 hour and then 30 minutes for Q&A.

This series is part of a virtual lecture series “Who’s Who of Japanese Deities” designed to help future tourists to Japan identify the different deities they might encounter at temples and museums. By looking at physical appearances and hand gestures, as well as clothing and implements, attendees came away with the ability to visually distinguish between Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Wisdom Kings, and Celestial Beings. You can watch these lectures again at https://www.jflalc.org/ac-lecture63

About Lecturer: Michael VanHartingsveldt

He currently studies Japanese art history at the University of Kansas. He has particular interest in Buddhist sculpture from the Heian and Kamakura periods. As a former Research Scholar of Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), Michael co-curated the exhibition Japanese Paintings: A Walk in Nature with Curator of Japanese Art Hollis Goodall. He has also delivered lectures and curated exhibitions for the Japan Foundation, Los Angeles, and most recently the Catalina Island Museum.

Co-hosted by Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO)

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