We had the opportunity to visit several museums in Tokyo and Kyoto during our visit. The first was the Japan Folk Crafts Museum in Tokyo. It is housed in a lovely traditional building in the middle of a residential neighborhood.
The museum was showing a special exhibit of the works of Shiko Munakata and Soetsu Yanagi. Munakata was a wood block artist, active during the Showa Period in Japan. The work on display was mostly created after WWII. It was an interesting blend of elegant traditional Japanese painting and mid-century modern design. No pictures were allowed in the museum, but I photographed the poster showing one of his wood blocks:
Yanagi is credited as the founder of the folk craft movement in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s. He collected a great deal of folk art and was the founder of the Folk Craft museum in 1936. And he mentored Munakata.
I was very excited to be able to see more of his work. And I wasn't disappointed.
The museum had a fabulous of view of Mount Fuji across Lake Kawaguchi:
The signpost and front gate:
Our guide told us that Kubota designed the museum buildings. They are very modern, but somehow fit in with the landscape. Here is the path leading to the front door:
The main entrance to the museum:
The main building viewed from the exhibition hall:
I loved the tea room in the back of the exhibition building. It was originally Kubota's studio, and now is a tea room with a delightful view of a water fall:
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In Kyoto we also visited the Nishijin Textile Center. We walked through the small museum, watched artisans demonstrating weaving, sewing and hand embroidery and browsed the (again) extensive gift shop.