Taro Okamoto’s Tohuku
In a nutshell
Photographs from the avant-garde artist’s travels to northeastern Japan, the Tohuku region, in the 1950s and 60s. These black and white photos offer a unique glimpse into the daily life and festivals of rural Japan. Per the museum handout, this experience influenced the direction of Taro’s art and directly led to his most famous creation, the Tower of the Sun from the 1975 Osaka World Expo.
Taro Okamoto Memorial Museum is the former home and studio of the artist. It’s a two story building with a sculpture-filled garden in front. The artist’s studio and the gift shop are on the ground floor and the exhibition space is on the first floor.
English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)
The exhibition handout has an accompanying English translation and the wall text is in both English and Japanese. The museum website has quite a bit of information about the artist and his work in English.
The photos of rural Japan are visual journey back in time, quite a contrast from modern, urban Tokyo.
The colorful sculptures in the museum and garden, which are located on a quiet side street, offer a nice break for art lovers and families. The exhibition’s photos are great for those interested in Japanese history.
How far out?
About a 10 minute walk from Omotesando metro station or a five minute walk from the Minami Aoyama nana-chome bus stop.
How much time?
About half an hour.
How much money?
¥620 for general admission
Until October 9, 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
Worth a stop when you’re shopping or dining in Minami-Aoyama.