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September 8, 2013

Nezu Museum is famous for its unparalleled collection of Japanese and other Asian pre-modern arts. This museum was established in 1940 to preserve and exhibit the personal collection of Kaichiro Nezu, a former president of Tobu Railway, on his private residence in Aoyama.

At the beginning, the number of the art works was 4,643, and today the museum boasts 7,414 works of fine arts, which include 7 national treasures of Japan, 87 important cultural properties, and 94 art treasures. World-famous masterpieces are the folding-screen painting, “Irises,” by Ogata Korin, Buddhist works such as “Dainichi Nyorai (Mahavairocana)” and the “Kongokai (Diamond) Mandala,” and the group of ancient Chinese bronzes.

In addition, this museum is well-known for its collection of hanging scrolls and utensils for tea gatherings like Chinese celadon flower vases in the 13th century, Japanese Seto tea caddies, and Korean ido tea bowls.

Not all the collection is exhibited constantly, and different exhibitions are held seasonally, so it would be advisable to check out the exhibition schedule on the website in advance.

 

nezu museum 2The new museum building, whose renovation was completed recently, is designed by Kengo Kuma, a leading architect representing contemporary Japan. It is characterized by the big roof which has an atmosphere of a traditional Japanese house. In contrast to its traditional Japanese-style design, the building is built by using modern technology, for example, the earthquake-proof structure, solar panels on the roof, and LED and fiber spotlight illumination.

 

 

 

Outside the museum building, there is a Japanese-style strolling garden of 17,000㎡ (20332yd) which has 4 tea-ceremony houses, a small shrine and a lot of intriguing stone sculptures. It’s a good place to spend a relaxed time enjoying a strolling garden.

 

Shrine

Shrine

Tea house

Tea house

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stone sculpture

Stone sculpture

stone sculpture

stone sculpture

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Irises by Ogata Korin (National Treasure)

Irises by Ogata Korin (National Treasure)

 

For the detailed information about Irises,

please refer to Collection Highlights : click here.

 

Nezu Museum is located in Minami-Aoyama, Minato Ward, Tokyo.

It’s about an eight-minute walk from Exit A5 of Omotesando Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza, Hanzomon and Chiyoda subway lines.

Nezu Museum website : click here.