Kamakura period

The shoguns (military leaders) gradually gained power over the nobility during this turbulent period.

1185–1333 C.E.

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What is the Kamakura period?

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Kamakura period, an introduction
Kamakura period, an introduction

During the Kamakura period, the confluence or syncretism of Buddhism and the indigenous Shintō deepened.

Prince Shōtoku at Age Two
Prince Shōtoku at Age Two

Discover what was found inside this 13th-century sculpture.

Jizō Bosatsu
Jizō Bosatsu

This boyish bodhisattva reminds us that through humble bearing, we can spiritually blossom—like a lotus flower.

<em>Night Attack on the Sanjô Palace</em>
Night Attack on the Sanjô Palace

Complete mayhem! The violent scenes of this remarkable handscroll meld grisly horror with morbid humor.

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