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The Hakone Open-Air Museum Is More Than Art – It’s an Adventure!

Hakone Open Air Museum is an elaborate sculpture garden which opened in 1969. It stretches over an area of more than 70,000 square meters and is regarded as the first open-air art museum in Japan. It is located in Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park where it showcases a mixture of nature and art together. The Outer Ground…

Naramachi Museum: A Trove of Local Treasures Off the Beaten Track

While it’s always nice to visit the big, famous museums in the cities you go to in Japan, it can also be worth your while to seek out less well-known museums for an insight into something a bit different. Going down the road less traveled can introduce you to tourist attractions that are known only…

The Nara National Museum: a Plethora of Art and History Nestled in Nature

Nara Koen (Nara Park) is famous for several reasons, namely its shika deer and the large Buddha statue which is a prime attraction in the park. But aside from these, and no less worthy of a visit is the Nara National Museum. Viewing this vast collection of Buddhist art is a fitting way to learn…

Takashi Murakami’s Monumental Exhibition at the Mori Art Musem

Recently, I found myself going to the Mori Art Museum located in Roppongi Hills to enjoy the current exhibition of “The 500 Arhats” by internationally acclaimed Japanese artist, Takashi Murakami. Without knowing what to expect, I was amazed by the meaningful works of Murakami and baffled by their dimensions. The works of Murakami will be…

Meet Monami Ohno and Her Wondrous Works of Cardboard Art!

Meet Monami Ohno (大野萌菜美), the artist whose talents and skills involve making things out of cardboard! She can replicate almost anything, even the highly detailed, by just using cardboard and carving and shaping tools. Monami Ohno studied at the Osaka University of Arts and due to her amazing talent, she has featured in magazines, websites,…

5 Fantastic Places to Visit in Kanazawa’s Charming Suburbs

Kanazawa has a lot of places to visit. It has all kinds of monuments, museums, sightseeing spots and so on in and around the center of the city. However, in the suburbs, there are also plenty of nice places to see. Listed below are five awesome places you can visit in the suburbs of Kanazawa.…

Eikanji: English and Japanese Fusion Calligraphy

If you think calligraphy is beautiful, you may enjoy this modern interpretation of calligraphy by Tomomi Kunishige. She is an artist who pioneered the calligraphy style known as eikanji. The result is quite stunning! Tomomi Kunishige   She was born in Yamaguchi Prefecture and started learning calligraphy at 6 years old. She created the calligraphy…

Benesse Art Site: A Collective Way of Appreciating Art in Naoshima

Kagawa Prefecture is the smallest prefecture in Japan. However, it is boasting in beautiful scenery of unspoiled nature and country lifestyle particularly in the areas of Naoshima and Teshima.   To express the beauty of art in these places, Benesse Holdings Inc. and Fukutake Foundation collected all the art-related activities into one and called it…

Enjoy Art and Nature Together at the Uniquely Beautiful Pola Museum of Art

Pola Museum of Art was opened in 2002 by the Pola cosmetics group, a cosmetics company specializing in products related to skincare and fragrances. The main objective of the museum is to showcase about 9,500 works of art acquired by the former head of the Pola cosmetics group.   Features of the Museum   The…