Mt. Fuji and Hagoromo Legend

Jan 20, 2022 - Mar 02, 2022

About Exhibition

Miho-no-Matsubara, a pine grove on the Miho Peninsula, well-known by its Hagoromo legend, is located at Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka city in Shizuoka-prefecture. Noh titled as "Hagoromo" combines two legends: the story regarding the origin of Suruga-MaiSuruga dance, and the descent of a Tennyo, a heavenly woman or nymph, onto the beach. Miho-no-Matsubara stretches 5 kilometers long with about fifty thousand pine trees along the beach. With blue sea, white wave spray, and beautiful Mt. Fuji views, the scenic spot attracts tourists all over the world. Every October, Miho-no-Matsubara Takigi-Noh Play, Noh play by firelight, is performed in front of the pine trees, on which the Tennyois said to have hung her feather mantle.

The Miho-no- Matsubara Hagoromo legend had a significant influence on the culture of Japan. Musical performance and dance by Tennyo have been considered the initial Japanese work in the Gagaku, a piece of classical Japanese court music, and is still being played in the imperial court and some other places like shrines. Unchu-Kuyou-Bosatsu, 25 singing and dancing Statues of Bodhisatva, in Byodoin Temple is considered to express the thought on the world of music and dance. "Hagoromo" is currently being performed as the typical play of the Noh. Tennyo hovers in Miho-no-Matsubara's beautiful scenery and Mt. Fuji and rises high up to fade away in the fog.

  "Fuji-Shinko, which regards the mountain itself as a god, is the animism that perceives Mt. Fuji has some spiritual value and power. However, it has a history of prayer asking for quieting the repeated large-scale eruption seems to have turned into mountain worship. Mt. Fuji was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List in 2013 as "Sacred Place "and "Source of Artistic Inspiration." Miho-no-Matsubara conveying the beauty of Mt. Fuji is also added to the UNESCO World Heritage Site List as "Artistic source for Poetry and Paintings."


We are proud to introduce 34 paintings and photos of Mt. Fuji and Tennyo concerning the Hagoromo legend of Miho-no-Matsubara. 


Exhibition Artworks

① 19 of paintings related to Mt. Fuji and Hagoromo Legend

② 8 of "Unchu Kuyo Bosatsu" in BYODOIM

③ 7 photos of Mt. Fuji by photographer, Hirotake Yamakita

Organized by The Nippon Club

Supported by the JCC. Fund

(Philanthropic Fund of Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in New York)


In cooperation with:

Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art, Akita Museum of Modern Art, Shigyo Soshu Collection, 

Shizuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 

Shizuoka City Miho no Matsubara Culture and Creativity Center-Mihoshirube,

Shizuoka City Tokaido Hiroshige Museum of Art, Tokyo Fuji Art Museum,  

Nagashima Museum, BYODOIN, Fujiyama Museum


Director: Yui Morita

Curator: Shoko Hayashi