Are you serious about learning about Japanese culture? Going to national museums in the country is one of the best ways to fully understand the formation of Japanese culture within Asian history. You won’t go wrong if you head to the latest national museum in the country which was founded in 2005.
Kyushu National Museum looks striking with its wood and glass building structure sitting on top of a scenic hill. It creates a modern impression as a major conservation center in western Japan.
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Kyushu National Museum strives to be a museum that is at one with the local citizens. It is directed by Shimatani Hiroyuki. There used to be only three national museums in Japan located in Tokyo, Kyoto, and Nara.
Kyushu National Museum was established on October 16, 2005, at Dazaifu, Kyushu, a small quiet city on the outskirts of Fukuoka. The museum presents four concepts. Firstly, the museum handles the history and cultural exchange between Japan and other Asian regions. Secondly, it comprehensively covers education and lifelong learning activities. This also includes the collection, storage, exhibition, study, and research of cultural properties.
Thirdly, the museum represents itself as a “living museum”, which means that it regularly showcases the results of internationalized, digitized, and multidisciplinary activities. Lastly, the nation and the region where the museum is established have joined efforts in order to manage the museum’s activities and operations.
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Let’s find out more about the museum’s facilities before actually visiting it. The Entrance Hall is located on the first floor. Outside the museum are walking trails through the bamboo forest, a pavilion, a lotus pond, and a tea ceremony house. There is also a large tea room and a small tea room.
Various events are held in the Museum Hall. It is often used for different kinds of programs, lectures, and concerts. The interactive exhibition gallery called “Ajippa” is also located here. It allows visitors to use their five senses in order to enjoy the culture of the country. The second floor consists of the Storage Area and the Conservation and Restoration Facilities. The storage area preserves precious cultural properties. It is located centrally within the building. Around six conservation and restoration facilities can be found on this floor.
The Special Exhibition Gallery is located on the third floor. It occupies an area of 1,500 square meters and has a height of 7 meters. On the fourth floor lies the Cultural Exchange Exhibition Gallery. The main gallery area is located here together with 11 surrounding exhibition rooms. New encounters await each visit. The museum also has a shop where you can choose from a wide selection of merchandise.
The exhibition rooms are as follows:
- A Museum Conserving and Communicating Cultural Heritage
- Political Power: Cultivating Rice
- The Emergence of the Ancient Japanese in East Asia
- The Ancient Tombs: Colorful Murals and Ornaments
- Virtual Theater: The Ornamented Ancient Tomb
- Image of Ideal Asians
- Journey through Asia
- The Voyage of the Envoys and the Silk Road
- Interaction of People and Goods in Medieval Asia
- Ceramics of Kyushu: The Tanakamaru Collection
- Edo: A Multifaceted Culture
Opening hours are from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday to Thursday, and 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. It is closed on Mondays.
The gentle curve structure of Kyushu Museum allows it to blend into the mountainous surroundings. It makes the whole place even more memorable. Visitors can truly enjoy seasonal variations and different facilities in this place, so check it out if you are ever in Kyushu!