The National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) is a research center for ethnology and cultural anthropology.

Mandala Deities in Tibet and Nepal

The Mandala used to be an altar of Buddhist Tantrism; its meaning has changed with the times to indicate the universe in microcosm. In this special exhibition, the Mandalas from Tibet, Nepal and Japan are displayed to clearly explicate their history and structure through Mandalas and sculptures.
Psychosomatic diseases have been one of the social problems, and we would like to point out the fact that the Mandala is, in a sense, an equilibrator of people’s minds.
We would like to explore its significance for today’s world.

Exhibition Date

March 13, 2003 - June 17, 2003
Opening Hours: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Entry permitted up to 4:30 p.m.)
Closing Days: Wednesday

Admission Charges
Adults: ¥420 (Individual) / ¥350 (Group)
Students (Senior High School and College): ¥250 (Individual) / ¥200 (Group)
Children (Elementary and Junior High Schools): ¥110 (Individual) / ¥90 (Group)
*Students of elementary, junior and senior high schools can enter the museum for free on Saturday.
*No admission fee is charged on March 16 and May 5.

Exhibition Structure
[First Floor]
   Left Side: Mandalas and Buddhas
   Center: Vajradhatu Mandala
   Right Side: Dharmadhatu Mandala, Bhutanese Mandala
[Second Floor]
   “Healing Spot”: Relax and enjoy with sound and illumination.
   “Coloring-in Mandala”: It has been attracting attention for being able to find a clue to understand your hidden state of mind. You may able to peek in.

Source of Articles on Display
Collection of National Museum of Ethnology (360 articles including the sample collection of the 2002)