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Arts & Museums
Students of the school of symbolism will be interested to know that Odilon Redon [1840-1916] is a featured artist at this museum. A large number of his sketches, oils and prints are in the permanent collection. Other painters of note are Renoir, Miro, Chagall, Laurencin and Bacon; while the nihonga painters include Seison Maeda and Chofu Hasegawa. Good examples of Kenji Kato and Toyozo Arakawa's pottery are in the crafts section. The museum hosts a few visiting displays during the year.
This is a new museum that highlights the region's extensive history in the manufacture of aircraft and rockets. A large facility, it has a numerous indoor and outdoor exhibits of actual aircraft either manufactured or utilized in Japan that you can walk up to, touch and look in. There are also various simulators where you can experience flight in planes and helicopters without ever leaving the ground. Exhibits are aimed at the enthusiast as well as children.
Art works belonging to the Iwata family are housed in this little museum. Of particular interest are the Raku (a style of pottery influenced by Zen Buddhist philosophy) tea bowls whose provenance is authenticated as the boxes made of kiri (paulownia) are extant. Among the interesting pieces is a tea caddy lacquered by the grandson of Sen no Rikyu and a Dohachi tea bowl. Kakuyu Shoda and Ippo Takahashi paintings in Nihonga style are noteworthy. Do call before visiting as the museum is closed for several weeks during the year.
The purpose behind this museum, which converted nearly 60 buildings into an attractive park, is to preserve the architectural legacy of the Meiji and Taisho periods. Most of the structures are Western style and include government buildings, schools, a post office and churches. Not to be missed are the remnants from the Imperial Hotel, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and foreigners' houses from the ‘treaty port' cities of Nagasaki and Kobe. The price of admission varies according to age and the academic year in which one is studying. Call to know the open hours.
The theme of this large, open-air museum is anthropology, and it allows the visitor to literally walk into the lives of different peoples from around the world. Thirty-three actual homes built in traditional styles from 22 different countries have been transported and rebuilt here on a hilly, forested area north of Nagoya. The museum also features exhibits related to daily life of different cultures around the globe, as well as restaurants offering equally individual fare. There are also occasional shows by small circuses and other ethnic folk performers.
Showcasing machinery and other equipment used in Japan's textile industry, this museum interestingly enough is based on the Toyota family's spinning and weaving enterprise, before they got into the business of making (Toyota) cars. The founder of the family enterprise, Sakichi Toyoda is credited with inventing the first automatic loom. The site of the museum can truly be said to be the birthplace of the Toyota motorcar. The items on display are of historical interest but also include full working models that can be demonstrated to visitors. On hand, too, are a video library, a shop and a restaurant.
The exhibition hall houses material and personal memorabilia related to Hideyoshi Toyotomi including clothing, even a campaign jacket which was made with velvet imported from Europe. During the Momoyama period, foreign textiles were introduced to Japan through Portuguese and Dutch traders. Besides many portraits of Hideyoshi plus a statue of him, there is some armor and a saddle, and the ubiquitous calligraphy examples. The collection also includes items connected with Kiyomasa Kato: armor, handwritten manuscripts, and paintings of him.
Momoyama Period specialists will find the Kano School paintings and wooden doors that belonged to the Honmaru Palace interesting. Fortunately these beautiful works of art were not destroyed during the Pacific War air bombings. The motifs include genre scenes, landscapes and the ubiquitous flowers, birds and trees, the bulk of which are in black and white. Other pieces representing castle paraphernalia are armor, maps, clothing and even roof tiles. The golden dolphins, which used to adorn the castle roof as a symbol of the feudal lord's authority, are perhaps the best known treasures of Nagoya Castle.
With its famed golden shachi dolphin roof decorations, Nagoya Castle is the de-facto symbol of the city. Built in 1612, the main edifice was reconstructed in 1959 on its original foundation after being destroyed in World War II, and now houses a modern museum with a significant archive of surviving artifacts of a past era. The surrounding gardens also delight with flowering trees, a dry inner moat sheltering deer, and a water-filled outer moat, home to a multitude of waterfowl.
This landmark would probably not interest everyone. Certainly history buffs and those interested in fine architecture may want to pay a visit, though tourists may want to consider it. It is lit up at night and makes for some rather nice snapshots. The building itself was built in 1922 and is considered neo-Baroque. Within, you will find splendid stained glass and other visual ornamentation. Originally a courthouse, the building is now considered an important cultural treasure. Free admission.
Located in an attractive building which is in modified kura (warehouse) style, this library which will appeal to Tokugawa family buffs and general history enthusiasts. In 1950 Nagoya city acquired the collection from the family's foundation. Around 3,000 items are directly related to Ieyasu; there are nearly 80,000 documents in all. There are thematic special exhibitions every three months.
This is one of the major art museums in Japan. The Owari Tokugawa Reimei Foundation established this private museum in 1935. It has over 12,000 Japanese art items including lacquer ware, clothing worn by Ieysu, Noh robes, calligraphy, Chinese paintings, screens, ceramics, and The Genji Monogatari (Tale of Genji) Picture Scrolls. Note that the originals are rarely on view. In 1987 a Noh stage and teahouse to scale were added after extensive remodeling. Admission prices depend on class of student,age of person and group size.