Comfort Hotel Nagoya Chiyoda
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Arts & Museums
Although many of the exhibits here are directed towards school children, this is a comprehensive museum, which gives the visitor many chances for a hands on experience, so it is a lot of fun for all ages. The facility is divided into broad areas of life sciences, astronomy and a combination of physics, chemistry and engineering. The museum also houses a large planetarium with programs that change monthly. Special exhibitions are held regularly. Located in Shirawaka Park, the Nagoya City Art Museum is next door.
The Money Museum of UFJ Bank is another of Nagoya's interesting specialty museums. Anyone interested in numismatics, professional or amateur, will enjoy a visit th this museum. A total of about 10,000 coins from all over the world are on display. The collection of Japanese specimens is particularly interesting and rare, and definitely worth spending some extra time perusing. Unfortunately, the majority of information is available only in Japanese, but this should not deter a true enthusiast.
When it opened in 1988, just before the city's centennial anniversary, this museum added another dimension to Nagoya's cultural scene. The museum's permanent collection includes works by major regional artists and many of the internationally known artists that influenced them, such as Modigliani, Chagall, as well as Mexican Renaissance artists Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and Frida Kahlo. Special exhibitions of both domestic and international artists are held regularly.
Design City is one of the nicknames Nagoya has assumed for itself; a moniker not too implausible considering all the industry concentrated in the area. That does not mean, however, that this multifaceted facility focuses on the more mundane aspects of design. With a multiple-purpose hall, gallery, library, and a museum with a permanent exhibit, all with state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, this center covers every conceivable aspect of the creativity of the human mind. Regular exhibitions, international seminars and events are also held here.
With the support of the department store it is located in, this small museum regularly holds exhibitions that rival the much larger, public-funded museums in the city. Shows can include self-produced exhibits on specific themes, genres or artists, or may be comprised of a traveling collection from other major domestic and international museums. Work can also vary greatly, from traditional Japanese culture to modern illustration. If you have a passion for art, this is one place that you should check out.
This small gallery located within a large department store, as often found in Japan, is unique as its exhibitions consistently deal with the fashionable and the trendy. It is also one of the few galleries in town, other than those related to camera dealers and film processors, where you can regularly see exhibits of quality photography, particularly by portrait and fashion photographers.
The core of the collection was the 1,460 pieces which were donated by Tatsukichi Fujii in 1955 to the Aichi Prefectural Art Gallery. Included are not only applied arts, but calligraphy, paintings, and Fujii's own work. Since 1988 the museum has had a policy in place to add to the collections with funds and contributions from companies, individuals and associations. The museum's holdings represent an overview of 20th century sculpture and painting, prints, drawings and applied arts. On the 8th floor are several rooms for temporary exhibitions from various art groups. Light refreshments are available in the coffee shop on the 2nd floor.
The Nagoya Aichi Arts Center in Nagoya is a a cultural center built by Aishi Prefecture. It focuses on promoting and preserving culture and art. This center is the venue to the Aishi Prefectural Museum of Art, the Aishi Prefectural Ars Theater, the Aishi Prefectural Public library and the Aishi Prefectural Arts Promotion Service. The center is a must go for all those have interest in Japanese art and have a thirst for more and more information on the same. The center also organizes performances and art exhibitions regularly.
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.
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.