The History and Beauty of Adachi Museum of Art

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  • Everyone knows that there are various styles of art. However, very few people know how to appreciate art’s beauty and emotional power as well as the story behind it. If you’re a passionate artist or, simply, have an appreciation for art, then you will be fascinated to learn about Japan’s Adachi Museum of Art from its humble beginnings.


    Adachi Museum of Art opened in Yasugi, Shimane Prefecture in 1970. It has a collection of Japanese art, including Taikan Yokoyama’s paintings as well as a celebrated garden. The founder of the museum was Adachi Zenko, a man who was passionate about Japanese art and garden design. In his life, he felt that there was a strong connection between the Japanese-style garden and the paintings of Taikan Yokoyama, which he wanted visitors to experience. Thus, he constructed a seasonally expressive Japanese garden in the hope of allowing visitors to have a renewed sense of appreciation for the paintings they would view.

    Establishment of the Museum

    Adachi Zenko immediately started working after primary school on his family’s farm. However, seeing that his parents’ work was not paying off, he started working as a merchant at the age of 14. His first job was hauling charcoal from the countryside to the port of Yasugi which was 15 kilometers away. He thought of doubling his income by selling some of the charcoal to people he met along the way. This sparked his interest in doing business. From then on. he became a textile wholesaler in Osaka and eventually became an art collector. At the age of 71, Adachi showed his town his appreciation by founding the Adachi Museum of Art. It was at this time when his passion for collecting art became well known.

    The Japanese Gardens

    There are 6 beautiful artistic gardens located in the museum: The Dry Landscape Garden, The Moss Garden, The Garden of Juryu-an, The White Gravel and Pine Garden, The Pond Garden, and the Kikaku Waterfall. Collectively, the gardens are 165,000 square meters!

    This is probably the best place for artistic people to stopover. If you’re still soul-searching for that artsy side in you, you’ll surely see it soon with one visit to this museum!

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