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Arts & Museums
Located in Kobe, the Uroko-no-Ie houses fine examples of art in porcelain and glass. It is also known as the Fish Scale House because it is covered with slate slabs which give it a resemblance of fish scales.
The Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution in Kobe has been built to educate people about the Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake so that preventive measures can be taken during a time of crisis. In earthquake and tsunami prone countries like Japan, such institutions are designed to create public awareness and are thus, very informative. At the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution, there are images, dioramas, models and more to show the kind of damage the Hanshin-Awaji earthquake had caused. To visit the Disaster Reduction and Human Renovation Institution is truly an eye opening experience. For further details do visit their website.
Opened in April 2004, the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art was established in order to restore the spirit of Japanese people after the 1995 Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. The museum management believes that art can heal grave mental and emotional injuries through its subtle manifestations. The venue is therefore called "Amuseum" by its caretakers—a museum that salutes the spirit of mankind. Its varied art collection comprises sculptures, prints and paintings by renowned as well as upcoming artistes. Check the website for further information.
The Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum was established in the year 1931. The museum consists of two buildings which displays dainty art pieces. The second building is a former winery and displays some beautiful Persian carpets apart from a mock procedure of making the very popular "Snake". If you are in the city, a tour to the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery Museum is imminent.
Located in a large building, the Kobe Fashion Museum is a very unique museum to go to. Spread over five floors, the place houses exhibits that show different types of clothing and fashion in the old ages and trace its progression to the modern era. Also on display are the different materials used to make clothes throughout the world. If you are interested in dressing up, the place also has a display by some famed designers. To know more, check the website.
The Kobe Artists Museum is committed to preserving and presenting the works of local artists. Located on the Kitagushi Island, this museum is operated by the City of Kobe Government and is an effort on the local government's part to promote art that has been developed and that has flourished in this city, with its own distinctive characteristics. The museum is a great place to truly discover the arts scene in the city. See the website for more information.
The Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum commemorates the history of the world's first instant noodle invented by Momofuku Ando in Ikeda. The exhibits take visitors through the history of ramen, as well as showcase the varied types of cup noodles from across the globe. My Cup Noodle Factory and Chicken Ramen Factory are two sections within the museum, where visitors can prepare their own cup noodles. Entry to the museum is free, but certain sections may be charged; check the website for further details.
This museum is a must-visit not only for the connoisseur of good wines but also for anyone who has an interest in this most historical of all beverages. As well as exhibits that show the history and development of wine, this museum also houses a restaurant that allows patrons to sample wines from around the world. And for those who prefer not to drink on an empty stomach, the restaurant also serves French cuisine. If you need a bottle or two of wine to take home, drop in at the wine mart where you will find a huge selection to choose from.
A gallery located in the middle of a popular shopping mall in a tourist district of the city may raise the eyebrows of serious art critics, but to the layman in the area with an interest in art, the place is not too bad. Neither is it bad for someone looking to decorate that empty wall of his or her apartment, home or business. Most of the work on display is for sale, and for quite reasonable prices. The artwork is generally that of local artists, or prints of more well known, popular culture artists. A common motif, given the bayside location of Tempozan, is the sea.
Suntory Museum, opened in November 1994, features as one of its main attractions the world's largest IMAX (3D) theater. The museum was designed by Tadao Ando, an eminent Japanese architect recognized around the globe. The museum's facilities are organized under five classifications that are organically linked for artistic unity and integrity. The museum houses a collection of approximately 8,000 posters that are exhibited on a revolving basis. These include works by such masters as Toulouse-Lautrec, Mucha and Cassandre. Glass pieces, including some rare works by Emile Galle, are also in the museum's collection.
This unusual museum seems appropriately located in the ever-bustling Ame-mura with all its emphasis on Western pop-culture. The 'artifacts' you will find within are popular culture dolls and other icons dating back through the decades. Many of the things on display have become valuable collectors' items, especially the Star Wars memorabilia. The museum's centerpiece is a two-meter tall Billiken statue, which has spawned Billiken souvenirs you can buy within.
Dedicated to one of the most prolific artists in the world, Yumeji Art Museum in Okayama is a tribute to Yumeji Takehisa. 2000 works of the artist are displayed throughout the museum; everything from prose, illustrations to poetry.