Ishiyama-dera Picture Scrolls Get CG Anime Adaptation

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Anime will depict 1st illustration in scrolls showing founding of temple

The Ishiyama-dera temple in Ōtsu announced that the temple's Ishiyama-dera engi emaki scrolls will get their first CG anime adaptation as part of a "Ishiyama-dera Digital engi emaki Project." The anime will depict the first story in the first scroll (shown below), which illustrates the Hira Myōjin deity appearing before temple founder Rōben in the form of an old man, and giving him an oracle to construct the Ishiyama-dera.

The Ishiyama-dera engi emaki are a series of seven scrolls depicting 33 illustrated stories set in and around the temple, including a scene depicting the moment when Murasaki Shikibu allegedly was inspired to write The Tale of Genji while viewing Lake Biwa from the temple. The scrolls are considered an Important Cultural Property, and were first displayed together for the first time in 2012.

The anime will screen on September 9 in the temple's Rennyo Hall, projected onto a sliding paper door, with a narrator explaining the illustration. The temple will also show the anime during the temple's yearly "Light-Up Festival" in fall.

Source: Sankei Shimbun, Kyoto Shimbun

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