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Arts & Museums
Dejima was an artificial island built in 1636 in Nagasaki Bay for foreign traders, as foreigners were barred from the country. It actually housed also Portuguese and Chinese traders and was a vital porthole through which culture, money, goods, and ideas flowed in and out of Japan. This museum has several interesting exhibits. One is an outdoor, miniature replica of the original town. There is also the Dejima Theater with a collection of images and artifacts associated with Dejima history; another building which houses artifacts; and the main plaza, where a Dutch flag flies.
The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum houses a collection of worldwide art. The museum is spacious and bright which creates a surreal backdrop for the exhibits. "Breathing Museum" is the main theme the museum focuses on, and this museum encourages and promotes art and culture and exchange of ideas in this space. Besides this, the museum also attempts to dissolve regional differences with the help of various mediums of art. And to continue this initiative, the museum conducts art workshops, exhibitions, concerts and several other exciting events.
Noguchi Yataro (last name first) was born in Tokyo but moved to his father's hometown of Isahaya City in Nagasaki Prefecture before his teen years. By 23, he had established himself as a painter of some fame. In 1975, he was inducted as a member to the Academy of Arts, thus confirming his reputation as a great painter. This museum is dedicated to his life and works, and features over 300 pieces by the artist. The redbrick building within which his works are housed also once acted as the English consulate in Nagasaki.
The Moon Museum of Art is a popular art space of the city. This museum worships and promotes art which is quite evident in the diverse mediums of art and masterpieces adorning this space. Takashi Tanaka and Migiwa are few of the many artists that have displayed their artistic talent in the various exhibitions held at this museum. They even conduct art workshops where you can improve your creative skills. There is a museum shop too that sells essays and other souvenirs. For further information on the exhibits and prices do check their website.
This building was constructed in 1868, the first year of the Meiji Era, and was originally used as the Russian Consulate. It was later used as the American Consulate and a private residence. It is currently used as research center for historical documents relating to the Nagasaki foreigners' settlement, and is open to the public. There are numerous attractive panels that preserve images from an age long passed.
All types of lamps are displayed here. Some might say that such a museum might not be interesting, but if you go you might well be surprised. Here you can see art, artifacts, and sometimes...artlessness. This museum is located in the Hotel Monterey Nagasaki. For guests of the hotel, and those who eat at the adjoining restaurant, admission is free.
The Nagasaki Museum of History & Culture one of biggest museums in Nagasaki. The museum accords a lot of importance to the theme 'overseas exchange'. Historical artifacts, documents, arts and crafts housed in the museum reflect the city's vast history and culture. Their permanent exhibits include the display of trade exchanges between Korea, China and the Netherlands, and the modern Japan. With an astounding collection of 48,000 documents and facts, this museum is very informative and educating. The museum is closed on the third Tuesday of every month, so please check the website for timings.
This attractive, three-story building located in southern Nagasaki City was built by architecture student Kikutaro Shimoda in 1905. The first floor has a stone facade in the style of old shrines. On the outside, the first floor features Chicago-style windows with curved arches and an arcade. Circular columns run from the second to the third floor. Above this there is a pediment. The overall effect is certainly one of beauty. Admission to the building is JPY100. There is a tearoom on the second floor.
As you are walking up the Dutch Slope, you will see seven buildings of Western design. Of those seven buildings, all of which are protected by the Japanese government as important cultural buildings, one is this center. On the first floor, there are a number of panels featuring old photographs along side of current photographs of the same sites. The second floor is used as a meeting room or gallery. Admission is free and the comparative photographs are rather interesting.
Situated at the heart of the city, Confucius Shrine is, perhaps, the only shrine of the great thinker to be built outside China. The shrine was built in 1893 by the residents of Nagasaki in Qing dynasty and comprised of a school and a Confucius sanctuary. The shrine is marked by 72 statues which represent the followers of Confucius. Under the administration of Chinese embassy in Tokyo, the shrine was extensively renovated in 1982 and reopened to public since the time it was partially destroyed during the atomic bomb in 1945. The shrine also houses the Museum of Chinese History that comprises antique collection. Call to know more.
At the end of the tour to the Confucius Shrine, a visit to the building that comprises the Museum of Chinese History would take you through collection of more than 80 pieces of Chinese antiques and artifacts. The antiques include collection of ceramics, bronze jars, vases and jade carvings which are borrowed from Beijing's National Museum of Chinese History and Palace Museum.
The exterior of this attractive museum in the Minami-yamate region was built to resemble a castle. Inside, there are three floors that display books of artists native and foreign. On the first floor, there is an excellent bookstore that has 10,000 volumes and around 4,000 selections, including postcards and other related items, that make great gifts or even great purchases for yourself.