Today my friend Gayle (not to be confused with my cousin Gail) and I went to the Cleveland Museum of Art.
We went to see a special exhibition of Japanese art called "Shinto - Discovery of the Divine in Japanese Art".
The exhibit contains painted scrolls and screens, clothing, sculptures, offerings and religious objects related to the Shinto religion of Japan. The collection included works from numerous museums in the United States as well as many from Japanese museums and shrines. Some of the objects have never left Japan before and are designated as "Important Cultural Properties" by the Japanese government. Cleveland is the only city where this exhibit is being shown because, I suspect, our museum has one of the largest collections of Oriental art outside of Asia.
Since many of the pieces are actively worshipped in Japanese shrines today, out of respect, photography was strictly prohibited. However, here are a few pictures taken from the Cleveland Museum of Art's website...