150th Year Commemorative Special Exhibition - Sakamoto Ryoma

Sakamoto Ryoma, Japan's favorite hero, has his grave in Kyoto along with other members that he had fought for the nation's future with.

*Photo: Sakamoto Ryoma, ambrotype, around 1866-1867, owned by Kochi Prefectural Museum of History

Sakamoto Ryōma (1836–1867) is one of Japan’s most beloved historical figures. As a loyalist to the Emperor, he played an essential role in the overthrow of Japan’s feudal Edo period shogunate, paving the way towards the establishment of the modern Meiji government. This special exhibition to commemorate his death, 150 years ago, will focus on his charisma and the historical movements of his time through various art crafts and cultural items.

Of the 120 letter that he is said to have left behind, 72 will be exhibited here including some that has recently been found. The exhibition is planned to change few times during the period so in order to see all the 72 letter, fans may need to visit accordingly.

Many of his belongings that had been left behind and that is not included in the other traveling exhibitions to Nagasaki, Tokyo and Shizuoka, will also be shown in Kyoto. 

The exhibition explores on his personality that allures people until today, through his letter, sword, and his establishments.

*Photo: The Hokushin Itto-ryu Style and its Full Mastership" (partial), 1858, preserved at Kochi Act Land Ryoma Historical Museum

Sakamoto Ryōma: Japan's Favorite Hero
Venue: Kyoto National Museum, 527 Chaya-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto
October 15 (Sat) - November 27, 2016 (Sun)
Closed: Monday, closing day of the Museum, if Monday falls on public holiday it will be open and the following day closed
Hours: 9:30-18:00 (Friday and Saturday until 20:00, last admission 30 minutes before closing)

For more detail please visit Kyoto National Museum

*150th year commemorative special exhibition 'Sakamoto Ryōma: Japan's Favorite Hero' will be held during Oct. 15 - Nov. 27 2016. It will then travel to Nagasaki, Tokyo and Shizuoka respectively.