Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Dhṛtarāṣṭra (Jikoku-ten) : One of Four Heavenly Kings, National Treasure of Japan, 8th century
Tōdai-ji Kaidan-dō (Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity —

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Cintāmaṇicakra Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva(Nyoirin Kannon)
Important Cultural Property of Japan, 8th century, Okadera Temple (Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Eleven-Headed Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of Infinite Compassion(Jūichimen Kannon)
National Treasure of Japan 8th century, Shōrin-ji Temple (Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Rectangular clay relief image of a Buddha triad: unearthed from Kawara-dera Urayama Site
late 7th century, Collection of Asuka Village Board of Education (Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Replica of restored clay relief image of Buddha with guardian deities (original clay: late 7th century) Nikō-ji Abandoned Temple
Collection of the Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture (Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Takamatsuzuka Tumulus west mural depicting women
Porcelain panel painting (replica: the original is a National Treasure of Japan around early 8th century)
The Museum, Archaeological Institute of Kashihara, Nara Prefecture (Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Kaijū Budō Kyō (Bronze mirror with design of sea-dragon and grapes)
unearthed from Takamatsuzuka Tumulus
Important Cultural Property of Japan, early 8th century, (c) Asuka Historical Museum
Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties (Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Artefcats unearthed from Takamatsuzuka Tumulus, Important Cultural Properties of Japan,
early 8th century, (c) Asuka Historical Museum/Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties(Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Takamikura Throne (Daigokuden Hall), reconstructed in 2010
Nara Place Historical Park(Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Life-size display of Gigaku performance
Nara Prefecture Complex of Man’yo Culture (Man’yo Museum) Photo by Miro Ito

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Bugaku mask Chikyū, Important Cultural Property of Japan, Heian/Kamakura period dated 1185(Photo by Miro Ito)

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Noh play Okina by Hodaka Komparu, Komparu school Noh actor
Important Intangible Cultural Property Holder of Nōgaku Theatre
(UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage) Photo by Miro Ito

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.

Digital Silk Road Museum
Digital Silk Road Museum
— honouring a road of wisdom to tolerance and solidarity—

Digital Silk Road Museum is a cultural initiative presented online that seeks common ground connecting the ancient Silk Roads of the Eurasian continent to Nara, Japan — the easternmost terminus of the Silk Roads— with its abundant World Cultural Heritage, National Treasures and Important Cultural Property.

In the context of the surviving spiritual traditions that came to Nara throughout the last 1,400 years, we seek to redefine the Silk Road as a road of ancient Eurasian culture and a trail of wisdom reaching as far as Japan.

While seeking to preserve, share and pass down culture for posterity, we appeal for unity through our “Media = Art + Message” initiative to foster tolerance and solidarity: indeed, we all are one.


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