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Arts & Museums
Gallery Kopis is a fun, vibrant and an innovative art gallery in Tokyo. Various artists from all over Japan come to display their masterpieces for the world to see. The great part about the gallery is that it offers people an opportunity to discover their artistic abilities though various workshops. To know more about what the Gallery Kopis offers, you need to log onto their website and get your queries answered.
This is the place to learn about Tokyo's 19th century common folk. In those days, the city was known as "Edo," and native Tokyoites (Edo-ko) pride themselves on their connections to this plebian past. Everyday life is reproduced in a rather constricted display area, but the replicas of row houses which were integral to living in shitamachi (the "lower" town) are nevertheless noteworthy. The fire water tower is also impressive. Take a good look at the maps to see how Tokyo has grown. The museum remains closed on the second and fourth Mondays of every month.
Taka Ishii Gallery is located on the 5th floor of the Maruhachi Soko building, which is seven minutes away by foot from Kiyosumishirakawa station. It displays many artworks of Japan and the world's best photographers. The white space is stark and open and the photographs stand out in sharp relief, inviting close-up looks or long-distance perusals. This gallery also publishes and sells art journals, as well as portfolios.
The ShugoArts space was once a warehouse - now it is a thriving gallery that hosts some of Japan's top artistic talent. From Shimabuku's poignant installations to Runa Islam's photographic acumen, it's a melting pot of cultures and artistic ideals. The huge space allows the artists a staggering amount of creative - and physical - freedom and Shugo Satani, the gallery's owner, allows them to swarm wherever they wish.
The Hiromi Yoshii gallery focuses strongly on young, fresh talent; both Japanese artists and ones discovered at the many art fairs that Yoshii attends. The space is on the 6th floor of a converted warehouse and the crowd of displays has a lively feel to it. Its continued success is due to the dedication of the man himself, who works hard to keep the gallery well stocked with the latest, most promising artists.
This two-floor building is dedicated to the memory of an early Edo writer of travel sketches, Matsuo Basho (1644-1694). He was also a poet who was pivotal in bringing haiku to the level of art. The detailed maps of his walks are particularly noteworthy. He produced excellent haiku as a result of his five-month trip through northern Honshu, then the least developed area in Japan. For serious enthusiasts there is a special room for haiku works-in-progress and recitations. A garden and a glimpse of the Sumida River add to the special ambiance.
Housed inside a quaint looking hall of high white walls and covered with sloping roof, the Ando Gallery is a spacious facility for exhibiting contemporary artworks. A paradise for amateur and professional artists alike, the place is equipped with advance lighting technology and the walls provide enough space to display large oil on canvas paintings and life-size portraits. The gallery is a perfect place to acknowledge the abundance of contemporary art in the city. Call or visit their website to know more.
This is a small museum with a collection that includes six big safes! Examples of both antique and contemporary Japanese locks and keys are also on display. Traditional single-action locks on Japanese chests are called omotejo. Keys are needed only when unlocking these chests because of the jamb-plate and button system that is incorporated into the material of the chest itself. This traditional method of construction dates to late 17th century.
The objective of this museum is to provide a venue for international artistic and cultural exchange. It is the only museum in Tokyo that systematically brings together foreign and domestic contemporary art. The Permanent Collection Gallery displays around 3,800 works. Established in 1995, the building's architecture is strikingly contemporary. Facilities include galleries for temporary exhibitions, a lecture room, an art library, museum shop, restaurant and a cafeteria.
Historically worn outdoors and crafted in leather, "tabi" are traditional pieces of Japanese footwear. Cotton tabi have been made for indoor use and worn with formal Japanese dress since the Tokugawa Era. Usually men wear black and women wear white. Amongst other exhibits in this small specialty museum are tabi of sumo wrestlers including a pair belonging to the American champion, Konishiki.
Musée Hamaguchi Yozo was built by the Yamasa corporation in honor of Hamaguchi Yozo. This artist developed his own unique style of etching called color mezzotint which took the art world by storm. Having lived in San Francisco and Paris for most of his life, many of his art works are now permanent exhibitions at this gallery devoted to him.
Housed in a room which is tastefully furnished in 18th century European style, is a collection of buttons made of various materials: pearls, ivory, gold and silver. After buttons became prevalent in the 13th Century, wealth and rank could be determined by the material from which one's buttons were crafted. Indeed, by law, commoners were restricted to the use of wooden and bone buttons only. A short informative video is available for viewing at the museum.