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Japan: Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum in Ueno Park is housed in an impressive building from the early 1930’s featuring elements of what is called the “emperor’s crown style” – a mix of Western Art Deco and Eastern sweeping forms.  Two stories of well displayed and lit materials, with plenty of opportunities for resting, this museum was a pleasure to visit. Although the collection is made up of more than 87,000 items, thus making it the largest museum of Japan, only a selected number of items is always on display, never overwhelming visitors.

A few steps away is the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures, which consist of over 300 valuable objects, mainly bronze Buddhist statuettes from Nara from the 7th - 8th century, donated to the Imperial Household by Horyuji Temple in 1878.  The Gallery, designed by Yoshio Taniguchi, is a beautiful example of understated, clean-lined architecture, perfect for displaying often very ornate artwork.


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7 Responses »

  1. please please bring me a bronze paper weight crab

  2. I'll see what I can do...could arrange to send you a huge, frozen king crab, almost 100 cm in length, no problem. An 18th century bronze little crab might be a little more difficult.

  3. where are you now!?!?
    the cats bar is delirious!

  4. Watch out for the Nagano snow monkeys, coming soon!

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