All in Museums

Asakura Museum of Sculpture

This museum is located in the house and workshop of the sculptor, Fumio Asakura . Many of Asakura’s sculptures are placed around the house in addition to his books and furnishings. His workshop has high ceilings and a lift to move the sculptures. Cat lovers can see several cat sculptures on the third floor, which formerly served as an orchid room.

teamLab Borderless

If you’re in Japan and on any social media, it’s hard not to know something about teamLab. The imminently Instagrammable digital art museum is designed for selfies to share. There are rooms filled with projections of flowers, strings of beautifully flashing lights, small lanterns of changing colors, and a room that’s great for moving around, especially with kids, called the Athletics Forest.

Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art, Ibaraki

If you’re interested in learning more about nihonga, Japanese paintings created with traditional materials and techniques, the Tenshin Memorial Museum of Art in Ibaraki is an ideal place to visit. The museum provides historical information about the life of Okakura Tenshin, a founder of the Nihon Bijutsuin (the Art Institute of Japan), which is dedicated to nihonga and promoting the art form through a biennial exhibition called Inten. Tenshin moved from Tokyo to the Izura coast with several Japanese artists, including Yokoyama Taikan, to focus on nihonga. This museum is one of several venues in Japan that exhibits paintings from the Inten exhibition and awards one of its most prestigious prizes. The photo above, Wild Geese Fly North by Yoshinori Tani, is a Tenshin award recipient.

Toguri Museum of Art

Do you like Japanese porcelain and want to learn more about it? This museum’s collection highlights Imari ware created in Arita (formerly Hizen province) beginning in the 1600s. Of the museums three gallery spaces, one is dedicated to explaining the different styles/stages of Imari ware. The other two rooms are exhibition spaces, usually focusing on one specific stage or themes that run across stages, such as flower and plant designs.