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The Four Heavenly Kings – Magnificent Figures Epitomising Valour at the Todai-ji, Toshodai-ji, Daian-ji and Kofuku-ji Temples in Nara: Japanese National Treasures from the Tenpyo to the Kamakura Era (20 mins)

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Commissioned Work by Nara Prefecture
Presented by Nara Prefecture (2021)
Language: Japanese
Support by Tōdai-ji, Tōshōdai-ij, Daian-ji and Kōfuku-ji Temples
Editorial Consultant: Kosei Morimoto, PhD, Abbot Emeritus of Tōdai-ji Temple


Gigaku: Roads of Masks (7.5 mins)

Commissioned Work by the Tōdai-ji Temple
A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Presented by Tōdai-ji Museum (2011)
Languages: Japanese/English

Performers: Mannojo Nomura V., ACT.JT, Ethnos
Gigaku masks:Collection of Tōdai-ji Temple (Important Cultural Properties of Japan/Nara Period)
ShinGigaku masks (produced by Mannojo Nomura V)
Music : Sukeyasu Shiba (Gigaku Gyōdō-ranjō, Gigaku Karura)
Editorial consultant: Kan’ichi Kasagi, Art & Music Director of Nanto-gakuso Gagaku Troupe
English editor: Andreas Boettcher
Editor/CG Creator: Yusuke Shigeta


Life of Masks -- Bugaku: Kasuga-Taisha Shrine and Kasuga Wakamiya Onmatsuri Festival (11 mins)

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Presented by Canon EXPO Tokyo 2010, Nara Prefecture (Association for Commemorative Events of the
1300th Anniversary of Nara Heijō- kyō)
Languages: Japanese
Editorial Consultant: Kan’ichi Kasagi (Art & Music Director of Nanto-gakuso Gagaku Troupe)
Music & Performing Arts: Nanto-gakuso Gagaku Troupe
Editor/CG Creator: Yusuke Shigeta


The Great Buddha Lives!  (7 mins)

A Miro Ito Film/Produced & conceived by Media Art League
Presented by Canon EXPO Tokyo 2010, Nara Prefecture(Association for Commemorative Events of the 1300th
Anniversary of Nara Heijō- kyō)
Languages: Japanese
Editorial Supervision: Tōdai-ji Temple
Music Composer: Yasuhiro Morinaga
Editor/CG Creator: Yusuke Shigeta

As an integral component of the Four Guardian Kings Symposium at The Nara Otateyama Festival, Miro Ito’s new short film was premiered at the Nara Otateyama Festival on 30th – 31st Jan 2021 (in Japan); The Four Heavenly Kings – Magnificent Figures Epitomising Valour at the Tōdai-ji, Tōshōdai-ji, Daian-ji and Kōfuku-ji Temples in Nara: Japanese National Treasures from the Tenpyō to the Kamakura Era (20 min).

Photo: Zōchō-ten (Virudhaka), National Treasure of Japan, 13th century, Central Golden Hall, Kōfuku-ji Temple