In early April, the Cleveland Museum of Art opened at new show called Shinto: Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art, dedicated to the Shinto veneration of deities called kami. It features paintings, costumes, sculptures, lacquerwork, and works on paper, silk and wood from collections in both the U.S. and Japan to explore how this form of worship evolved from the ninth through the 19th century. It’s view through Sun 6/30.
To celebrate the opening, the museum is presented a Shinto dance performance in its atrium of the ancient art of Tsukushi Mai, performed by Miyajidake Jinja Shrine. The dance represents a prayer to the Shinto kami of the natural world, the human relationship to land and the lifecycles of Earth.
View the PHOTOSTREAM here.