Itchiku Kubota Art Museum
A lost technique of dyeing kimonos revived after 300 years
“Tsujigahana" was a prevalent technique used in dying kimonos around the Muromachi period (1338 ~ 1573). However, it became a lost technique in the 17th century. It is one of the techniques of “Shibori (tie-dyeing)" to make patterns by bunching up a small bit of the cloth, tying it with string and then dyeing the cloth. Itchiku Kubota was 20 years old when he has first encountered tsujigahana. He went through a desperate prison life during World War II and after he came back, he started to study tsujigahana devoting the rest of his life. It was 29 years later, in 1977, when he had his first exhibition “Itchiku Tsujigahana" at the age of 60.
Its beauty and high quality technique gained reputation and the exhibition was also held abroad. It went around cities like Paris, New York and London. He also has received various awards. In 1994, Itchiku Kubota Art Museum was opened.
Itchiku Kubota Art Museum stands in a great location with majestic view of Mt. Fuji and of serene Lake Kawaguchi.
In the main building, the works of “Itchiku Tsujigahana" are exhibited. The main building has a complicated wooden structure using Hiba trees (cypress family) more than 1000 years old. Both traditional artisanal techniques and modern log cabin methods are used to construct the building. The building has an open ceiling and the wooden structure is visible to the visitors.
There also are a Japanese tea house and a cafe where visitors can enjoy the view of a waterfall as well as tea and sweets, and a gallery with a collection of glass beads. Enjoy the beautiful traditional artworks, and enjoy walking in the garden and on the path to take full advantage of the beautiful natural environment of the museum.
Address: 2255, Kawaguchi, Fujikawaguchiko-machi, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi
Hours open to visitors: December - March 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Last admission 4:00 p.m.)
April - November 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (Last admission 5:00 p.m.)
Admission Fee: 1,300 yen
From Tokyo:[Rail]1 hour by JR Chuo Main Line limited express from Shinjuku Station to Otsuki Station, 1 hour from Otsuki Station to Kawaguchiko Station, 15-min by taxi or 25-min by Loop retro bus from Kawaguchiko Station.[Bus]About 1 hour 40-min by Chuo Kosoku(express) Bus Fuji-Goko Line from JR Shinjuku Station to Kawaguchiko Station, 15-min by taxi or 25-min by loop retro bus from Kawaguchiko Station.