Friday, September 20, 2019

Picturesque Matsumoto (7) – The Bizarre World of Yayoi Kusama –

At the forefront of the artistic avant-garde movement stands Matsumoto-born artist Yayoi Kusama. She has had many successful exhibitions abroad but her permanent museum is in Matsumoto City. Born on March 22nd 1929, Kusama started painting...

Sailor Moon Exhibition at Roppongi Hills

The exhibition is open until June 19th. The “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon” exhibition is being held at the 52nd floor (Tokyo City View observation deck) of Mori Tower in Roppongi, Tokyo. This popular Manga series which...

Yamagata Sakura Matsuri

During the sakura blooming season, Yamagata shows two sides. During the day you see colorful "pompom"-like tufts of flowers and at night you are transported to a flowery fairy world. Here are some of...

Ohara Museum

  The Ohara Museum of Art in Kurashiki City, Okayama Prefecture, was the very first museum in Japan that exhibited Western and modern art. It is a private museum founded by Ohara Magosaburo to commemorate Kojima...

Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni

Are you familiar with beni? Beni is the red color pigment extracted from benibana (safflower) petals, which have only 1% of red pigment. Benibana is said to have its origin in the Nile River Valley of...
Bamboo street in Nezu Museum

Bamboo street in Nezu Museum

  Nezu Museum was founded to conserve and exhibit the collection of pre-modern Japanese and East Asian art created by Nezu Kaichiro (1860-1940). This bamboo-lined path leads to the entrance of the museum. Information Nezu Museum [googlemaps https://www.google.com/maps/embed?pb=!1m18!1m12!1m3!1d3241.5992841993248!2d139.71490381525817!3d35.66224318019879!2m3!1f0!2f0!3f0!3m2!1i1024!2i768!4f13.1!3m3!1m2!1s0x60188b63fb3c4ec5%3A0xd0ca2110e541cb1c!2z77yI6LKh77yJ5qC55rSl576O6KGT6aSo!5e0!3m2!1sja!2sjp!4v1456120919456&w=700&h=300] ACCESS: 8-minute walk...

Secret Stone Statues

We found these hidden stone statues in Aoyama at the back entrance to the Nezu Art Museum. Curious why they're here? This entrance is used for special guests, such as ambassadors from foreign countries, and...

Taro Okamoto Museum of Art

  Taro Okamoto (岡本太郎) is one of the most well-known Japanese artists and sculptors, known for his iconic, cartoonish and somewhat surrealist large-scale public sculptures. But many people don't know that his former house is located in...

The Takaoka Doraemon Tour

For fans of Doraemon, a pilgrimage to Takaoka, where Fujiko F. Fujio created the futuristic blue robot cat, is a must. And though you may not have a Dokodemo door—one of Doraemon's handy gadgets—to...

Matsumoto Must See Sights

Matsumoto City is probably most well-known overseas for its historic castle, the Matsumoto Castle, which is over 400 years old and a National Treasure of Japan. Nagano's second largest city also has lots else...