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Itchiku Kubota Art Museum2017.05.22
Elegant Simplicity Provides Visitors with Richness and Serenity.
In 1994, a dyeing artist, Itchiku Kubota (1917-2003), built the museum in a perfect location with a majestic view of Mt. Fuji and the serene Lake Kawaguchiko. The museum permanently exhibits “Itchiku Tsujigahana” works that follow two main themes: “trinity of humans, nature and art” and "the center of new culture and art." The whole museum, including the garden, buildings and furnishings represents "the world of Itchiku."
Using a combination of traditional Japanese and Western techniques, the main building forms a pyramid-shaped structure supported by 16 wooden beams which are more than 1,000-years-old. The "Symbol of Light," the lifework of Itchiku, a series about Mt. Fuji, and other works are exhibited.
New wing (established in July 1997)
The new wing is a unique architectural structure which is reminiscent of Antoni Gaudi's architecture, and all the walls are made of Ryukyu limestone (coral reef fossils).
Japanese cafe Itchiku-an
Enjoy tea time with matcha (green tea) and seasonal Japanese sweets. You can autumn in the garden from the cafe.
Utilizing the natural environment, Itchiku designed the garden. Ryukyu limestone, lava from Mt. Fuji, various kinds of trees, and spring water produce a unique atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy the four seasons; cherry blossoms, azaleas, green trees and alpine plants in spring and summer, colored leaves in fall, and the sublime Mt. Fuji in winter. How about strolling through the garden on the north side of the main building?
Itchiku Kubota and Tsujigahana
"Tsujigahana-dyeing" is a pattern dyeing style that flourished in the Muromachi period. It started with the kimono of commoners, and later became popular among the aristocrats, but disappeared early in the Edo period. There are some theories for its disappearance, however, the dominant one is the appearance of Yuzen-dyeing, which allowed for more free expression.
At the age of 20, Itchiku first encountered a "Tsujigahana-dyeing" slip made in the Muromachi period at the Tokyo National Museum. He was fascinated by its beauty and devoted himself to reproducing the technique in the modern world. After returning from imprisonment in Siberia, Itchiku started to create his own "Tsujigahana" at the age of 40. After twenty years of preservance, he produced a piece and named it "Itchiku Tsujigahana" at the age of 60. Since his first exhibition in 1977, many exhibitions have been held all over the world. He was awarded "Chevalier de I'Ordre des Arts et des Letters" in 1990, and "the Cultural Merit Award" from the Agency for Cultural Affairs in 1993. His achievement is acclaimed worldwide. Itchiku Kubota passed away on April 26, 2003, at the age of 85.
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
Address：2255, Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko Town, Minami-Tsuru-Gun, YamanashiGoogle Map
Access：Sightseeing Bus Red Line No. 19, about 25 min from Kawaguchiko Station)
Parking lot：Available for free／Free Wi-Fi available／Credit card OK／Language：Japanese, English／Lavatory available／Average budget：Adult: JPY 1,300, College and high school student: JPY 900, Elementary and junior high school student: JPY 400／Open：[Dec-Mar]10:00-16:30(enter by 16:00), [Apr-Nov]9:30-17:30(enter by 17:00)／Closed：Tuesday (open on National Holiday), Dec 26-29／