The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
In a nutshell
The Japanese House is introduced using a large collection of photographs, drawings, models and videos. Covering the time period of 1945 until present day, the exhibit highlights changes in Japanese homes, combining Japanese styles with Western architecture. Different home building techniques and materials, such as prefabrication and textured concrete, are included. Don’t miss the groovy video about the state-of-the-art Nakagin Capsule Tower.
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo is a four-story building that currently has the Japanese House exhibition on the first floor and selections from the museum’s permanent collection on the 2nd-4th floors. The ticket price includes the permanent collection and the Crafts Gallery down the street. A nice feature of many Tokyo museums is sitting rooms with outside views, offering visitors a visual palate cleanser. This museum’s views include the Imperial Palace.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
All of the information is in Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean. An English audio guide is available for the permanent collection.
Seeing the photographs and models of the beautiful, open architecture of Japanese homes is entertaining and informative.
A must-see for architect and design lovers. Interesting and visually appealing enough to engage others as well.
How far out?
A five minute walk from the Takebashi metro station. The crafts gallery is a good five to ten minute walk from the main museum.
How much time?
An hour for the exhibition, more if you read all the wall text. The permanent collection and the crafts gallery would add an hour or more if included.
How much money?
¥1,200 for general admission
Until October 29, 2017
Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art
Make a special trip if you’re an architecture buff and worth seeing if you’d like to learn more about Japanese homes.