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Arts & Museums
Located in the Former Sakura Citadel Park, this museum established in 1983 covers all facets of Japan's history in five separate galleries. These are divided thematically: Paleolithic-Nara Period; Heian-Azuchi-Momoyama Periods; Edo Period; traditional culture; Meiji Period until the present day. Not speaking the language isn't a problem here: the exhibits are mostly interactive and visual. There is a gift shop and park outside if you need to take a break. Other facilities include an auditorium, library and restaurant.
The Dainippon Ink & Chemical company established this museum to house its art collection. The earliest pieces date from 17th century Rembrandt to contemporary art. Artists include Tohaku, Chagall, Picasso, Monet, Kandinsky, Rothko and Pollock among others. A museum shop and restaurant plus a magnificent garden containing a variety of trees, flowers and plants are additional attractions.
The CCMA building opened its museum doors to the public in November 1995. Located on the upper floors of the huge CCMA establishment, the museum offers a splendid view of Chiba city from its library and restaurant. Contemporary and modern artworks depicting Japanese lifestyle and culture form the core of this museum's vast collection. Besides, the museum also takes initiative in incorporating activities like musical concerts, book readings, classes on artwork and gallery talks.
Kashima-Jingu holds Ibaraki's only recently proclaimed national treasure, the sword called Futsu-no-Mitama-no-Tsurugi which can be seen at this shrine. Legend tells us that it was used by a god to help out Emperor Jimmu. It is reputed to be Japan's oldest sword, about 1,300 years old, and also the longest (2.71 meters) made of iron. Another treasure, an important cultural property, a lacquered saddle with floral motifs, which belonged to Yoritomo Minamoto, who established the Kamakura Shogunate, is also housed here.
Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki is one of the finest art museums in the city. The exhibition hall of the place is thoughtfully designed with temperature and light intensity control system and is used to showcase works by famed and upcoming artists that are both wonderful and mesmerizing to look at. Besides the museum also has a lecture hall that is used to conduct meetings, painting workshops, art shows and lectures. Tsukuba Museum of Art, Ibaraki also has a video library that stocks rare art-related footages. To know more about the place, check the website.