Museums and Galleries

The second edition of this art festival in Yamagata Prefecture took place in 2016, with the Tohoku University of Art and Design campus and the Yamagata Cultural Center at the center of operations. The festival invited artists of various mediums, both local and new, to explore the area through fine arts, music, fashion, food, poetry, as well as nature. The third installment of the Biennale is scheduled to take place in 2018.

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Ryuichi Sakamoto + Daito Manabe, "Sensing Streams - invisible, inaudible", 2014, at Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 04

ART AND MUSIC

Sapporo International Art Festival, the first of its kind in the region, launched in 2014 with musician Ryuichi Sakamoto as its Guest ...
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DESIGN MEETS ARCHEOLOGY

The museum is situated next to the excavation site of the Sannai-Maruyama ruins from the Jomon Period (10,000 - 300 BC)...
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WHITE CUBES

Occupying an entire block on the city's main avenue, Towada Art Center is comprised of 16 white cubes interconnected by glass...
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FOUJITA’S MASTERPIECES

Centrally located in Akita, this museum designed by Tadao Ando houses Masakichi Hirano’s collection of significant works by ...
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SEE THE WORKS OF JAPANESE MODERN MASTERS

Opened in 2001 within Morioka City’s Chuo Park, the Iwate...
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A PHOTOGRAPHER & HIS FRIENDS

Ken Domon (1909-1990) is perhaps one of the most prolific 20th century photographers, having worked in a wide range of fields...
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GET IN TOUCH WITH YOUR SENSES, DISCOVER MORE

Opened in 2000, visitors of all ages come to the Kankaku...
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TO NEW BEGINNINGS

Located in a renovated 19th century sake brewery, the Yoshiji Takehara-designed Hajimari Art Center is a unique art brut...
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PRE-MODERN ASIAN ART IN A MODERN JAPANESE CONTEXT

Nezu Museum was founded in 1941 to conserve and exhibit...
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CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE ART

This leading contemporary gallery specializes in photography and has a branch in New York. Taka Ishii lists dozens of Japanese...
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JAPAN’S LEADING ARCHITECTURE GALLERY

Among the founding members of TOTO GALLERY·MA in 1985 were design luminaries such as Tadao Ando and Ikko Tanaka...
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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN MECCA

The establishment of this space was realized by the Japanese design world’s dream team: initiated by Issey Miyake, architecture...
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KUROKAWA’S STATE OF THE ART MUSEUM

The National Art Center, Tokyo, opened in 2007, boasting one of the largest exhibition spaces in Japan. It doesn't have its own...
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ART IN THE SKY

Mori Art Museum, a contemporary art museum founded by real estate developer Minoru Mori in 2003, has come to be an...
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ART HISTORIES 101

The MOMAT, Japan’s first national art museum, boasts one of Japan’s largest art collections of more than 13,000 works, and...
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MEIJI RESTORATION

Located in the center of a bustling business district, Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo offers an escape from the rush of...
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HOUSE OF TOMORROW

Jiyu Gakuen Myonichikan was built in 1921 as the main building of a private all-girls’ school established by publishers Motoko...
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FOR ALL MINGEI ENTHUSIASTS

Tucked away in a quiet residential neighborhood is a museum with a traditional wood and stone structure, dedicated to the folk art...
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WESTERN ART IN JAPAN

Situated at the main entrance of Ueno Park, the National Museum of Western Art is a symbol of French-Japanese cultural relations...
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TREASURES FROM THE 7TH CENTURY

The dramatic approach to The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures foreshadows the equally dramatic use of space and lighting...
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PUTTING FUN IN SCIENCE

NMNS is the nation’s only state-administered comprehensive science museum, as well as the largest, with over 4.4 million specimens...
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ART IN THE PORT CITY

The Kenzo Tange-designed Yokohama Museum of Art opened in 1989 in one of the pavilions built for the Yokohama Expo that...
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GLOBAL ART DISCOURSE

Since its inauguration in 2001, the Yokohama Triennale has become a staple destination in the international art exhibition circuit...
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ART UNDER NATURAL LIGHT

Hakone has more to offer than just hot springs, and the unique Open-Air Museum takes typical art viewing out of the box...
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THE CITY’S SYMBOL

Art Tower Mito, a multi-art complex designed by Arata Isozaki consisting of a theatre, a concert hall, and a contemporary...
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ART FOR ALL SEASONS

Architect Hiroshi Hara (Kyoto Station, Sapporo Dome) decided on pure geometric shapes, exposed concrete, and lavish use of...
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BAUHAUS EXPERIMENT

Rihei Hyuga was a successful businessman who made his riches supplying match factories in Japan with phosphorus...
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PHOTOGRAPHY AND PEACEFUL GARDENS

Izu Photo Museum opened in 2009 to explore works of photography and film. Since then, it has organ...
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ART IN THE ALPS

The first Japan Alps Art Festival is slated to take place from June 4 to July 30, 2017, with the p...
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STEEP YOURSELF IN ZEN

Daisetz T. Suzuki (1870-1966) was a Buddhist philosopher who was crucial to the spread of Zen teac...
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TIPPING POINT

Located at the very tip of the Noto Peninsula on the northern coast of Japan, the small city of Su...
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ART OF ICE

Dr. Ukichiro Nakaya (1900-1962) is renowned for his research on snow, and for being the first to c...
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A MERCHANT’S HOME

The Yoshijima Heritage House, a nationally designated Important Cultural Property, was built in 19...
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MERGING ART & ARCHITECTURE

Designed by the Pritzker Prize winning architect team SANAA (Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa), th...
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BACK TO EARTH

The area around Tajimi City has the country’s largest production output of mosaic tiles, so it com...
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CONNECTING VISUAL HISTORIES

MOMAK was established in 1963 to link traditional arts and crafts to 20th century ideas and vision...
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MINGEI HOUSE

The potter Kanjiro Kawai (1890-1966) was one of the central figures of the Mingei movement, which ...
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JEWELBOX OF A GALLERY

One of Kyoto’s best-kept art secrets, this residential gallery opened in 2012 near the Tofukuji Te...
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KYOTO’S NATIONAL TREASURES

The Yoshio Taniguchi-designed Heisei Chishinkan wing of the Kyoto National Museum opened in 2014. ...
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GET SCHOOLED IN MANGA

Kyoto International Manga Museum opened in 2006. Its main role is to record, preserve, and present...
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SCHOOL’S OUT

In 2000, Kyoto Art Center opened as a means to bring artists of all genres, from traditional to co...
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WHEN IN NARA…

The Western-style structure of the “Nara Buddhist Sculpture Hall” is representative of the Meiji E...
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UNDERGROUND ART MUSEUM

First established in 1977, the museum was relocated to its current space in 2004, and the César Pe...
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THE WORLD’S SHARPEST KNIVES

600 years ago, when Kyoto was still the imperial capital, nearby Sakai City in Osaka was where the...
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ART SHANGRI-LA

This private museum was opened in 1997 to house close to 2,000 pieces of art, from Ancient Greek to Roman, and Middle Eastern...
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ZEN GARDENS

With structures dating back as early as the Kamakura Period, the Shinshoji Zen Museum and Gardens ...
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AWARD WINNING GARDEN

The Adachi Museum of Art was founded by local businessman Zenko Adachi in 1970, in the hope of sha...
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PEOPLE LIVING WITH ART, ART LIVING WITH PEOPLE

Inujima is a remote island of Okayama in the Seto Inland Sea...
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HOME FOR WIND, LIGHT AND WATER

Teshima Art Museum is a concrete shell in the shape of a waterdrop. Two oval openings allow wind, ...
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INOKUMA-SAN’S LIFE & WORK

Artist Genichiro Inokuma (1902-1993) is known for his paintings and drawings of animals and people...
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ART ISLAND HOPPING

Set against the scenic waters of the Seto Inland Sea, the Setouchi Triennale first launched in 201...
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THE STUDIO THAT NOGUCHI BUILT

Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) first visited Kagawa in 1956 on a trip to sou...
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PLACE OF PILGRIMAGE FOR ITO FANS

Imabari is the hometown of Japan’s great postwar architect Kenzo Tange, so when Pritzker Architect...
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ART EXPERIENCE IN A SHOPPING MALL

MITSUBISHI ESTATE ARTIUM is an art gallery on the 8th floor of Inter Media Station (IMS), a giant ...
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GATEWAY TO ASIA

Fukuoka Asian Art Museum is a unique institution which focuses its collection and exhibition progr...
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JAPAN AND ASIA

Seeing and walking into the impressive structure is worth the slight hike from the station. Set ag...
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LOCAL CULTURE CENTER OF GLOBAL SCALE

This public multi-purpose town cultural center, designed by Kengo Kuma, was opened in 2013 to prov...
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SCENIC COEXISTENCE

Located at the edge of the Nagasaki Seaside Park, this Kengo Kuma and Nihon Sekkei-designed instit...
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MUSEUM FOR THE CITY AND ITS PEOPLE

Located in central Kumamoto, CAMK is one of the few contemporary art museums in Kyushu. Opened in ...
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ART AND NATURE IN ITS FULLEST

Situated on a hillside 700 meters above sea level, the Kirishima Open-Air Museum is host to many s...
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OKINAWA’S HISTORY IN A GUSUKU

This museum complex in Naha has an expansive programming geared at preserving and researching its ...