There are two Amida Triad statues at Ninna-ji, one set is enshrined in Kon-do and the older set made in the Heian period is kept in Reiho-kan. Reiho-kan is currently closed, which made for good timing to lend the older set to an art exhibit in Tokyo.
Tokyo is a bit of a drive from here, so some careful packing was necessary before the trip began.
After being wrapped in lots and lots of a tissue paper, each piece was finally loaded into special trucks and the journey to Tokyo began. We hear that they have arrived safely!
The Triad should be back before Reiho-kan is open for the fall, but if you would like to see the Triad before then, you can go see it in Tokyo! The exhibit is entitled “Kukai’s World: The Arts of Esoteric Buddhism” and begins on July 20th at the Tokyo National Museum. There is information about the exhibit available in both in Japanese and in English.