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The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

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1: to see works of oriental art
2: to see the Japanese atmosphere in Main Building

The museum that we can see the world of Soetsu Yanagi

If you visit The Japan Folk Crafts Museum, you can see oriental art crafts.

It is an art museum of oriental art.

Art crafts that are collected by Soetsu Yanagi (1889-1961), the first director of this museum are displayed. There are the collection of about 17,000 items including art crafts in Japan and Asian countries. In particular, Tetsue Ashimon Tsubo of Karatsu Pottery is selected as Important Cultural Property of Japan. The beauty of art crafts, that were made by artisans and were used in the daily lives of citizens, is focused on.

Special exhibition and joint exhibition are simultaneously held. Exhibition rooms are located in the 1st and the 2nd floor of the traditional Japanese-style main building. Soetsu Yanagi played an important role in designing the old part of the main building. The open ceiling space with stairs near the entrance is wonderful. Also, it is impressive that wooden shelves are well harmonized with art works and architectural building. It has a handmade feel in the main building.

Special exhibition "Tea and Beauty -Soetsu Yanagi and The Way of Tea-" (from January 10, 2014 (Friday) to March 23, 2014 (Sunday)) showed tea utensils including tea bowl of oido type named "Yamabushi." In particular, the hanging-scroll of "Darumadaishi" was great. It was wonderful to see the replicated living room in old house of Soetsu Yanagi that has a musical scores of Gregorian chant and rectangular slipware in the Japanese atmosphere.

For information, there is the West Building at the opposite side of the main building.

It opened in 1936. It is a middle-sized private art museum at residential area in Komaba, Meguro City, Tokyo. Its nearest station is Komaba-Todaimae station.

Event Information

"West Hall (Soetsu Yanagi Residence) Open"
The second Wednesday and Saturday, the third Wednesday and Saturday during each exhibition

"Shiko Munakata and Mingei in Tohoku"
from October 1, 2021 (Friday) to November 23, 2021 (Tuesday, National Holiday)

"New Works Competition and Exhibition 2021"
from December 11, 2021 (Saturday) to December 24, 2021 (Friday)

"The Standard of Beauty -Creation by Yanagi's Aesthetic Eyes-"
from January 10, 2022 (Monday, National Holiday) to March 20, 2022 (Sunday)

Finished Event Information

"Special Exhibition: The Beauty of Letters -The World of Craft Letters-"
from January 10, 2015 (Saturday) to March 22, 2015 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Precious Forms Mingei -selected by Director Naoto Fukasawa"
from March 31, 2015 (Tuesday) to June 21, 2015 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Animal Motifs in Crafts and Paintings"
from June 30, 2015 (Tuesday) to August 23, 2015 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Serizawa Keisuke -the 120th anniversary of his birth"
from September 1, 2015 (Tuesday) to November 23, 2015 (Monday, National Holiday)

"New Works Competition and Exhibition 2015"
from December 12, 2015 (Saturday) to December 24, 2015 (Thursday)
*West Hall will be closed on December 12, 2015 (Saturday).

"Special Exhibition: The Dharma Gate of Beauty -the concepts of beauty by Soetsu Yanagi"
from January 9, 2016 (Saturday) to March 21, 2016 (Monday, Substitute Holiday)

"Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the foundation: The Beauty of Korean Crafts -from the museum collection"
from April 2, 2016 (Saturday) to June 12, 2016 (Sunday)

"Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the foundation: Crafts of Okinawa -from the museum collection (with Prewar Okinawa Photograph by Manshichi Sakamoto)"
from June 21, 2016 (Tuesday) to August 21, 2016 (Sunday)

"Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the foundation: Soetsu Yanagi/Path of His Collection -focusing on Crafts of Japan"
from September 1, 2016 (Thursday) to November 23, 2016 (Wednesday, National Holiday)

"New Works Competition and Exhibition 2016"
from December 11, 2016 (Sunday) to December 23, 2016 (Friday, National Holiday)

"Commemorating the 80th anniversary of the foundation: Soetsu Yanagi and Artist-Craftsmen of the Mingei Movement"
from January 8, 2017 (Sunday) to March 26, 2017 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: The Golden-age of MINGEI -life and beauty in Edo period-"
from April 4, 2017 (Tuesday) to June 18, 2017 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: IROE -porcelains of overglaze enamels-"
from June 27, 2017 (Tuesday) to August 27, 2017 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Windsor Chairs -British chairs admired by Japanese-"
from September 7, 2017 (Thursday) to November 23, 2017 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"New Works Competition and Exhibition 2017"
from December 10, 2017 (Sunday) to December 23, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday)

"Special Exhibition: Shiko Munakata and Soetsu Yanagi"
from January 11, 2018 (Thursday) to March 25, 2018 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Dyeing Textiles of Samiro Yunoki -patterns and colors-"
from April 3, 2018 (Tuesday) to June 24, 2018 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Books as Crafts -collection and creativity from Yanagi's Library-"
from July 3, 2018 (Tuesday) to September 2, 2018 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Joseon White Porcelains"
from September 11, 2018 (Tuesday) to November 23, 2018 (Friday, National Holiday)

"New Works Competition and Exhibition 2018"
from December 9, 2018 (Sunday) to December 23, 2018 (Sunday, National Holiday)

"Special Exhibition: Direct Perception by Soetsu Yanagi"
from January 11, 2019 (Friday) to March 24, 2019 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Indigo Shibori -the works of Motohiko Katano-"
from April 2, 2019 (Tuesday) to June 16, 2019 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Japanese Tableware"
from June 25, 2019 (Tuesday) to September 1, 2019 (Sunday)

"Special Exhibition: Soetsu Yanagi and Old Tamba"
from September 10, 2019 (Tuesday) to November 24, 2019 (Sunday)

"New Works Competition and Exhibition 2019"
from December 14, 2019 (Saturday) to December 25, 2019 (Wednesday)

"Special Exhibition: Forms with Prayers -focusing on Okinawa burial urns-"
from January 12, 2020 (Sunday) to March 22, 2020 (Sunday)

"Western-style Painting in the Edo Period"
from June 9, 2020 (Tuesday) to September 6, 2020 (Sunday)

"Forms of Life -Mingei Inspiration-"
from June 23, 2020 (Tuesday) to September 6, 2020 (Sunday)

"The Beauty of Ainu Handiwork"
from September 15, 2020 (Tuesday) to November 23, 2020 (Monday, National Holiday)

"New Works Competition and Exhibition 2020"
from December 12, 2020 (Saturday) to December 25, 2020 (Friday)

"The Standard of Beauty -Creation by Yanagi's Aesthetic Eyes-"
from January 10, 2021 (Sunday) to March 21, 2021 (Sunday)

"Renovation Celebration/Masterpieces from Our CollectionⅠ -Korean ceramics, Mokujiki sculptures, Okinawa textiles, and more-"
from April 4, 2021 (Sunday) to June 27, 2021 (Sunday)

"Renovation Celebration/Masterpieces from Our Collection II -Masters of Modern Japanese Crafts-"
from July 6, 2021 (Tuesday) to September 23, 2021 (Thursday, National Holiday)

Necessary Time
It is estimated that it is about 1.5 hours in a regular pace, about 1 hour in a hurried pace, and about 2 hours in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
This museum opens from 10:00 to 17:00 (last entry: 16:30).

Closed Day
This museum is closed every Monday, change of exhibition period, and year-end and new year holiday. Also, it temporarily closes. In case that Monday is either an national holiday or a substitute holiday, this museum opens on Monday and closes on the following weekday.

Admissions Fee
It is 1,200-yen for adults, 700-yen for high school students and university students, 200-yen for elementary school students and junior high school students.

It takes about 7 minutes from Komaba-Todaimae Station on foot. It is in the residential area while there are Komaba Campus and Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology in the University of Tokyo.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Komaba-Todaimae Station (Keio: Inokashira Line)
○ Higashi-Kitazawa Station (Odakyu: Odawara Line)

Fellow Travelers
◎ Alone
◎ With Friends
◎ With Significant Other
◎ With Family
○ With Children

Name in English
The Japan Folk Crafts Museum

Name in Roman Letters
Nihon Mingeikan

Name in Japanese

4-3-33, Komaba, Meguro City, Tokyo, 153-0041, Japan

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Purpose: Architecture

Purpose: Art

Purpose: Oriental Art

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