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Teien Museum, Art Deco Tokyo, Shirogane

Teien Museum (Shirogane, Tokyo) – Japanese Art Deco Beauty

The Teien Museum is a perfectly preserved residence, now museum,  from the 1930’s. The museum has been closed for the past seven months due to retrofit for handicap users. The new exhibit is “Decoration never dies, anyway” which runs until February 25th, 2018. The Teien Museum, built in 1933, was a private residence Teien Museum, Art Deco Tokyo, Shiroganeto house the Asaka collateral branch of the Imperial Family. Prince Asaka, wife and children lived in the beautiful art deco residence until 1947 when all branches of the Japanese Imperial families were disbanded.  The museum and grounds are stunning and the museum is now offering a welcome room where kids can do origami and have a touch and feel architectual experience. Walking through the garden and huge house rooms you can image children frolicking about. Combine a trip to the Teien Museum with the Shirogane Nature Park right next door.

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Yasuhiko Asaka and his wife built the Teien in 1993 after living in France for a few years and falling in love with Art Deco design and architecture which was popular in the 1910 -1930s. Originally called Style Modern, alluding to the “modern materials” used, such as cement, Teien Museum, Art Deco Tokyo, Shiroganeiron, and chrome, the Art Deco architecture is defined by an intricate aesthetic blend of traditional motifs, geometric patterns, and lively colors.  The house was not damaged in WWII so you can see all the original details of the hand-printed wallpaper from Henri Rapin who actually never visited Japan, but rather just sent the exactly measured wall coverings to Tokyo. Don’t miss the amazing etched glass windows and doors, and lighting fixtures from designer Rene Lalique and numerous other works of art by French sculptures, metal and woodworkers. The house (now the museum) is one of the finest remaining art Deco homes in the world.  The museum has a great new app which is multi-lingual. Teien Museum, Art Deco Tokyo, ShiroganeListen to it walking through the museum www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/app/

“Decoration new dies, anyway” is a perfect exhibit for the Teien Museum reopening. The exhibit shows seven artists from different countries challenging our perception of “decoration”.  Kids will love investigating each room of the house to see each detailed exhibit of everyday items transformed. ***Note I highly recommend skipping the last gallery in the new annex due to the content which is not child-friendly. The family bathrooms are right next door.

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Teien Museum, Shirogane (Details) 
Address: 5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato, Tokyo 108-0071
Phone: 03-3443-0201
Business Hours: 10:00-18:00; closed the 2nd and 4th Wednesday
Cost: vary due to exhibition; present exhibition is 1,100 JPY for adults, 880 yen for middle school and above students, free for 12 and below (if your middle school students attends school in Tokyo bring school ID to get in free)
Access: 7 min walk from Meguro Station on the JR Yamanote Line (East Exit) and the Tokyu Meguro Line (Main Gate);
6 min walk from Shirokanedai Station (Exit 1) on the Toei Mita Line and Tokyo Metro. *At Shirokanedai Station, an elevator is available at Exit 2.
Website: http://www.teien-art-museum.ne.jp/en/

Notes: Strollers not allowed in the museum but can be left near the entry. There is s baby changing facilities and family bathroom in the annex building. There is an onsite cafe with serves light meals, tea, and coffee. Also two wonderful gift shops.

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