Photo/IllutrationThe main gate of the Konkai-komyoji temple in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward contains the artwork “Banryu-zu,” a painting depicting a colossal dragon. (Yoshiko Sato)

KYOTO--Rarely seen Buddhist statues and paintings with a colossal dragon thrown into the mix will be shown at 19 temples and shrines in Kyoto Prefecture this spring.

The event aims to highlight "hidden treasures" in the storied province and is organized by the Kyoto Heritage Preservation Association.

It announced Jan. 23 that its 73rd biannual event, sponsored by The Asahi Shimbun, will be taking place from April 27 to May 6.

This year's exhibition marks the 150th anniversary of the Meiji Restoration of 1868 and the start of the Boshin civil war (1868-69).

It will feature items related to those events, including military uniforms and weapons.

However, ancient Buddhist statues and “fusuma” (sliding door) canvases painted by legendary artists might steal the shows.

One of the most unusual items is a huge gate that will go on public exhibition at Konkai-komyoji temple in Kyoto’s Sakyo Ward.

The temple was used as the military headquarters of the warrior lord Matsudaira Katamori, who fought against the anti-Tokugawa shogunate powers in the twilight years of the samurai era.

Katamori was the lord of Aizu Domain, which was famous for its loyalty toward the Tokugawa government.

On the entire ceiling of the gate building is a picture named “Banryu-zu.” It depicts a colossal dragon.

Exhibits include government-designated national treasures and important cultural properties.

The exhibitions will take place at sites including Kamigamojinja shrine, Shimogamojinja shrine, Chionin temple’s Ohojo, Kohojo and Hojo gardens, and Toji temple’s five-storied pagoda in Kyoto. Also Iwashimizu Hachimangu shrine in Yawata, Kyoto Prefecture, the only one outside of the city, will participate.

Admission is 800 yen ($7.30) for adults and 400 yen for junior high and high school students per site. The prices might vary and the entrance fees will be used for restoration and preservation of cultural properties.