An special exhibition about Zen Buddhism was held at Tokyo National Museum in Ueno park in Tokyo Oct.18-Nov. 27 (http://zen.exhn.jp/en/).
This exhibition is “The Art of Zen~ from mind to form” ,commemorating some historical zen monks birth anniverssaries. Zen Buddhisim is one denomination of Mahayana Buddhis which prevailed 6~12 centuries in China and introduced in Japan in 12 century. The essential idea is purifying your spirit to find out simple and fundamental yourself through meditations. The concept was welcomed and accepted by Japanese especially Samurai warriers in the Kamura Period (1192-1333) mainly due to the similarity between Zen and the warriers’ Bushiod or Japanese chivalry. So, Zen has given huge influences on generatiosn and developments of Japanese culture and art, such as tea ceremony, pottery, Indian ink paintings, dry landscape gardens and so forth.
Tokyo Metro hosted a mystery rally event of quiz concerning Zen in collaboration with the exhibition at its subway stations during the same period.