Japan Trip – Nezu Museum

By , June 19, 2010 1:54 pm

May 19 (Wed)
This morning, my parents and I went to the Nezu Museum in Omotesando to see Korin Ogata’s painting “燕子花 (Kakitsubata) – Iris ”. Iris is a painting on a folding screen and considered a national treasure in Japan.

The exhibition was on until 23rd of May. The museum was so crowded because it was close to the end of show.

Admission fee adult: 1,200 yen per person.


“燕子花 (Kakitsubata) – Iris ” has not been exhibited in four years, it is rarely seen.
The painting is missing many gold leaves originally applied to the screen.
I wanted to see the painting from a distance, but too many people crowed in the front and I couldn’t see well.
There were many other folding screen paintings from the Edo era. They were also beautiful.

We went to other floors and saw various exhibits. Most of the exhibits were from China.
I expected more interesting landscape in the garden. I was a little disappointed. The irises had almost finished blooming and the garden did not have many flowers. There were several tea houses but we couldn’t get inside.

The museum opened at Kaichiro Nezu’s private residence in Aoyama in 1941. It is set in a spacious traditional-style garden with a pond surrounded by several tea houses. Nezu was an enthusiastic practitioner of the way of tea. The Nezu Museum is considered especially strong in arts related to tea.
Architect Kengo Kuma designed and supervised the rebuilding of the museum building. The new museum has been opened since October 2009.


There were statues everywhere in the garden.

The Japanese-style museum building itself is beautiful. It would be better, if it wasn’t so crowded.

Nezu Museum
6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku
TEL :03-3400-2536

We took the same street back to the station. On the way we had lunch at Blue Brick Lounge (YokuMoku Aoyama). We waited over 30 minutes.
I had a set of sandwiches for lunch. The tartar on shrimp sandwich was okay. The nuts and chocolate mousse cake was delicious. It was nice of them give us some of their famous cookies.


Blue Brick Lounge (YokuMoku Aoyama)
5-3-3 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku Tokyo 107-0062

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