24jun(jun 24)10:00 am17mar(mar 17)5:00 pmCannabis Japonica: Shinto & the Spirit of 麻Hemp Museum, Amsterdam - Temporary exhibition

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What does the Japanese kanji (sign) 麻 mean? Its ambiguity actually reflects the versatility and long history of fibre hemp in Japanese culture. 麻 may refer to the cannabis plant itself. For thousands of years, hemp has been used in Japan as a raw material for textiles, food and medicine. However, it may also refer to ritual objects made with hemp fibres used by Shinto priests. Shinto is seen as the spiritual heart of Japan, closely linked to the country’s national identity and history.

The exhibition Cannabis Japonica: Shinto & the Spirit of 麻 (24 June 2023 – 17 March 2024), created in collaboration with guest curator Yuko Ogino, shows how hemp holds a special spiritual position in Japan to this day.



June 24 (Saturday) 10:00 am - March 17 (Sunday) 5:00 pm(GMT+02:00)

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