Izu Chohachi Art Museum

Izu Chohachi Art Museum


2017.11.07

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Izu Chohachi Art Museum

The unique criss-cross plaster designs of Chohachi are ubiquitous in the Izu region and have gained recognition not only in Japan but around the world. The Izu Chohachi Art Museum follows the story from back when it all started in the small town of Matsuzaki in the 19th century.

  • Izu Chohachi Art Museum

    Izu Chohachi Art Museum

    Plastering is a word we usually associate with mundane house decoration which was also the case when Chohachi Irie became a plastering apprentice at the age of 12 back in the early 1800s. However, the combination of the young boy’s knowledge of plastering and his artistic eye resulted in the creation of an innovative use of this unremarkable material transforming him into a prominent artist around Japan.

    Izu Chohachi Art Museum

    Izu Chohachi Art Museum

    Found along the west coast of Izu Peninsula just south of Nishi Izu, the Chohachi Art Museum is an award-winning white structure designed by architect Osamu Ishiyama. Taking inspiration from the Spanish Alhambra Palace, Ishiyama created a style that fuses elements of 21st century architecture with those of Edo era Japan. Tucked away just off the coast in Matsuzaki, the building makes a bold statement against the contrasting nature, somewhat symbolic of Chohachi’s impressive feat making it big as an artist despite his modest upbringing in a small town.

    Izu Chohachi Art Museum

    Izu Chohachi Art Museum

    Home to fifty of Chohachi’s works of art, the museum displays plaster forms of dragons as well as exhibiting the tools and dyes he used which give a fascinating insight into the simplicity of the tools he used to create such detailed works. Some of Chohachi’s masterpieces are made up of such intricate designs that magnifying glasses are provided in the museum to get a closer up look.

    Izu Buntei

    Izu Buntei

    Chohachi’s signature white crocheted wall design is made using mortar in a relief-making technique known as namako kabe. The museum provides an in-depth look into how this pattern is created with the help of a cross-section of the namako kabe’s many layers. This specific design is found not only at the museum but also in the architecture all around the area from bridges and shrines to buildings, including the Izu Buntei, an old kimono trading company down the road from the museum which is free to explore.

    The Chohachi design is also present in Tokyo as the artist spent much of his time in the capital, known as Edo at the time, helping with the design of Sangaku-ji Temple in Takanawa and Yoriki Shrine in Shinagawa.

    Izu Chohachi Art Museum

    Izu Chohachi Art Museum

    For those wanting to get their hands dirty, the museum holds plaster production workshops in March, April, July, and August which will set you back just 1,000 yen. The museum is best reached either by car or via the Tokai bus which goes from Shimoda Station arriving at Chohachi Bijutsukan bus stop in around 50 minutes. Entry is 500 yen for adults and the museum is open all year round from 9am until 5pm.

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