The Japan Folk Crafts Museum is a must-see in Tokyo. Not only due to the crafts it houses but the buildings themselves which have been recently renovated to their original glory. The Japan Folk Crafts Museum is of Mingei style completed in 1936 built by carpenters from Tochigi prefecture. Ceramics, dyed and woven textiles, wood and lacquer, stone and bamboo are treasures that lie in the museum. All part of the over 17,000 piece collection. There is little explanation in English or Japanese since the founders Soetsu Yanagi, and potters Kanjiro Kawai and Shoji Hamada wanted people to appreciate the crafts with no prejudices or knowledge. The building has beautiful wood floors, large rooms with high ceilings, and an eloquent double staircase. There is also a lovely gift shop on the 1st floor of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum.
Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Meguro, Tokyo)
The present exhibit to celebrate the renovation features Masterpieces from the Museums Collection -Korean ceramics, Mokujiki sculptures, Okinawan textiles, and more. Running from April 4th (Sun) to June 27th (Sun), 2021. Nihon Mingeikan (the Japan Folk Crafts Museum), mainly the main hall, is being renovated to show the artifacts more beautiful with natural materials like kudzu-fu textile and Oya-stone, a return to the original concept of our museum. To celebrate this memorial renovation, we hold the exhibition of the masterpieces from our collection. Each gallery room has a theme from the title of the books by the founder Soetsu Yanagi; ‘Chosun and their Arts’, ‘Sculptures by Mokujiki Shonin’, ‘The Beauty of Ceramics’, ‘Early Otsu-paintings’, ‘Treasures of Ryukyu’, ‘Objects and Aesthetics’, ‘Tea and Beauty’, ‘The Dharma Gate of Beauty’. The selected magnificent works will honorably welcome you in the renovated museum.
Japan Folk Crafts Museum
Address: 4-3-33 Komaba, Meguro-Ku, Tokyo (google maps)
Hours: Open 10:00-17:00 (last entry 16:30) everyday, Closed Mondays **temporary closure（6/28-7/5, 2021)
Admission: Adults 1,200 JPY, University, and High school students 700 JPY, jr high and elementary 200 JPY
Access: 7 min walk from the west gate of Komaba Todai-mae station on the Keio Inokashira Line (2 stops from Shibuya)
Japan Folk Crafts Museum
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