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Museums in Japan: Six of the Best
- Japan, with its world-renowned architecture and design, is well known for its appreciation of art. Some of the best museums in the world are in Japan, featuring both domestic and foreign artists. The close vicinity to nature creates a new experience for museum goers as they take in the culture. From surrealist photography to Edo period architecture, Japan truly has all culture covered, as it’s museums are some of the best designed buildings in the country. Ken Domon Museum of Photography Ken Domon Museum of Photography Located in Yamagata’s Sakata, the Ken Domon Museum of Photography is dedicated solely to the realist photography of resident Ken Domon. Over 70,000 works have been donated by Domon himself. In addition to the photographs, friends of Domon contributed their own artwork, to round out the atmosphere of the museum. The interior of the museum is spacious and provides ample space to reflect upon Domon’s photojournalism. The outside of the museum connects Yamagata’s nature with the contemporary design of the museum. Towada Art Center Towada Art Center The Towada Art Center in Aomori Prefecture focuses on contemporary, interactive art. The permanent exhibition has large works that invite the viewer to experience art on a three-dimensional scale. The sculptures outside the museum are gargantuan and playful, creating a new sense of modern art, with their popping primary colors and playground-like atmosphere. The museum building was designed with clear glass, creating an airy space visible from the outside. All of the pieces are unique and were designed specifically for the Towada Art Center. Towada Art Center Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography The Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography in Tottori celebrates the local photographer, Shoji Ueda. It is a small museum surrounded by nature. Ueda’s photographs combined realist, daily life pictures with a hint of surrealism, creating a sense of distrust. The museum reflects Ueda’s style, with the grey, cubist exterior contrasting with the natural elements of Tottori that surround the building. Over 12,000 works are exhibited in the museum. One of these is a large camera, with the world’s largest lens, with which visitors can endlessly watch footage of the neighboring Mt. Daisen. Shoji Ueda Museum of Photography Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum Hidden in Tokyo’s western suburbs in Koganei, the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum is the perfect place to spend a clear day perusing the architectural history of Tokyo. Take a walking tour back in time through these relocated buildings, which once stood on the now metropolitan streets of modern Tokyo. Preservation is the goal of the museum, to remind visitors what Tokyo looked like prior to its Western-influenced modernization. The museum is all outdoors and set up like a small town. There are thirty buildings, which range from traditional bathhouses to residential shops, from the Edo period to the Showa period. Edo-Tokyo Open Air Museum Miho Museum Miho Museum Literally located inside a mountain range in Shiga, the Miho Museum combines nature and ancient art to create a tranquil space. The museum was designed by renowned architect, I.M. Pei, best known for the Louvre’s glass pyramid. The design, entitled “Shangri-La,” was inspired by the neighboring forests and mountains to create a balanced harmony between a concrete building and the surrounding organic flora. The museum houses ancient artifacts and artworks from Japan and the Middle East, and was built inside a mountain to preserve the artifacts from damage by sunlight. Miho Museum Hakone Open Air Museum Hakone Open Air Museum Located in the onsen village of Hakone, the Hakone Open Air Museum has sculptures made domestically and overseas as well as a Picasso exhibition room. The museum takes advantage of Hakone’s greenery, merging contemporary sculptures with green mountains and hills. It’s large, with hundreds of sculptures in the permanent exhibition. The museum is set up more like a botanical garden rather than a museum, with the sculptures acting as the main attraction rather than the flora. All of the art pieces are out in nature, fighting or agreeing with nature’s forces and erosion. The Open Air Museum invites viewers to study the relationship between humans and art, as well as nature and the Anthropocene effect. It also has an exclusive Picasso exhibition hall, featuring paintings, sculptures, and other ceramic works by the artist. Hakone Open Air Museum ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
Towada Art Centre
- Opened in 2008 by the Arts Towada Project, the Towada Art Centre has become a must visit location for those spending time in the Aomori area. Located between Hachinohe and Lake Towada, the Towada Art Centre is a sprawling, multifaceted mini art metropolis. Since its opening the Centre has reinvigorated the local and national arts community, showcasing some of the most exciting and groundbreaking contemporary art in the country. Towada Art Centre Monolithic and stark white, architecturally the space is a work of art in itself. Built with the concept of creating an ‘art city’ the Towada Art Center is technically a series of small individual rooms connected by glass corridors, giving visitors the opportunity to explore the area’s indoor and outdoor works simultaneously. Architect Ryue Nishizawa designed the gallery with its collection of commissioned works in mind. Many of the permanent pieces are housed in their own individual rooms, described as ‘art houses’ that were specifically crafted to give viewers the optimal space in which to experience the works. Towada Art Centre As well as housing iconic pieces within its walls, the surrounding grounds of the museum are dotted with sculptures and outdoor installations ready for exploration. Situated around the gallery grounds, on the streets and in the park across from the museum, the Centre has art is literally spilling onto the street. Towada Art Center is more than just a gallery space. Their facilities also include a collaborative hub for artists, a cafe, shop, and other community spaces that are home to cultural programs and connect the local residents with the greater art community. Towada Art Centre ©NAVITIME JAPAN. Travel Info Check out our travel tips to make your trip better!
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The Towada Modern Art Museum is one of the very unique art museums and a hidden gem in the city not so well known. I happened to have an opportunity to visit it on the day arriving at Hachinohe. Its...
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この1月に出かけた際には改装中で未遂。 今回も雪中行軍だったが、宇一の他にもいろんな作品を愉しめた。 更に、七戸の小中学生の展覧会も併設され、じっくり見て回った。 近頃の小学生も極めてレベル高いんですねぇ。
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Centuries-old stories of samurai at Kakunodate and the remains of millennia-old archaeological sites including the likes of Isedotai invite history buffs to delve into Aomori's fascinating history. As the most northern prefecture on the Japanese mainland, Aomori enjoys a cooler climate, which makes it a welcome escape from the southern cities for combining castles, art galleries, and summer festivals with the great outdoors.
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