December Hours: Open Thursdays–Mondays, 10 AM–5 PM. Late Thursday nights will resume in January.

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San Francisco, CA 94102
415.581.3500
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Video

Installing a Japanese Temple Bell

Preparators at the Asian Art Museum install a 2100-pound bronze bell for the Bell Ringing Ceremony on December 31. In this annual tradition at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, visitors, led by a Buddhist priest, mark New Year by ringing a 2100-lb., sixteenth-century Japanese bronze bell originally from a temple in Tajima Province in Japan. Now part of the museum’s collection, the bell will be struck 108 times with a large custom-hewn log. According to custom in several Buddhist cultures, this symbolically welcomes the New Year and curbs the 108 mortal desires (bonno) which, according to Buddhist belief, torment humankind.

GRADE LEVEL: Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12), College and Beyond