Vol.179:Uji City, associated with Murasaki Shikibu

It’s getting warmer day by day.
We would like to introduce Uji City as a spot to go out this spring.
Uji City is famous for the World Heritage Sites of Byodoin Phoenix Hall and Ujigami Shrine.
Uji City is also famous for its connection with Murasaki Shikibu, the author of “The Tale of Genji”.
In January 2024, NHK’s historical drama “Hikarukimihe”, based on the Tale of Genji, has begun.
The historical drama exhibition will be held in Uji City from March 11.
Why don’t you enjoy sightseeing in Uji while viewing cherry blossoms?

Museum of the Tale of Genji

“The Tale of Genji” has been handed down for more than 1,000 years and is still widely loved today.
It has been remade into a lot of manga, dramas, and movies, and is the subject of this year’s historical drama.
The Tale of Genji is a love story created by Murasaki Shikibu, who served at court during the Heian period, and consists of 54 chapters.
The hero of the story is Hikaru Genji, who is a playboy in the glamorous social circles of the Heian period.
Hikaru Genji is talented and plays an important role in politics.
In the last ten chapters of the story, the protagonists are Kaoru, son of Hikaru Genji, and his grandson, Saginomiya, and the story revolves around Uji City.
The last ten chapters are called “Uji Jujyo”.

The Tale of Genji Museum in Uji City is also known as a location for popular TV dramas.
The museum, which reopened in the fall of 2018, you can enjoy and learn about the story.
In the newly installed interactive exhibit area, you will experience the glamorous world of the Heian aristocrats.
Specialist curators will guide visitors, so even those unfamiliar with “The Tale of Genji” can enjoy the museum.

Information of Museum of the Tale of Genji

Hours of operation:9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Admission until 4:30 p.m.)
Closed:Mondays (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday), Year-end and New Year holidays
Admission Fee:Adults 600 yen、Children 300 yen
Access:a 8-minute walk from Keihan Uji Station、a 15-minute walk from JR Uji Station

The exhibition based on NHK’s historical drama

The exhibition will be open at Historical Park of Green Tea and Uji Town.
The exhibition will be held from Monday, March 11, 2011 to Monday, January 13, 2025 (national holiday).
Not only will there be an exhibition on the historical drama, but there will also be an exhibition on the historical facts of Uji.

Information of the exhibition based on NHK’s historical drama

Date and time:March 11, 2024 – January 13, 2025
       9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (last entry 4:30 p.m.)
Venue:Tea and Uji Town Exchange Center “Chazuna”
Admission fee (historical drama exhibition only):Adults 500 yen、Children (elementary and junior high school students) 250 yen
access:a 4-minute walk from Keihan Railway Uji Line “Uji Station”、a 12-minute walk from JR Nara Line “Uji Station”

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