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Munakata Shiko Memorial Museum of Art

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A museum where you can learn about, see, and feel the genius of the world-famous woodblock print artist Shiko Munakata.

This museum was opened in 1975 to commemorate the awarding of the Order of Culture to Shiko Munakata, the extraordinary woodblock print artist born in Aomori. Its goal is to inform future generations about the wide-ranging creative activities of this world-class artist, who did not focus on woodblock prints alone.

The long-cherished desire of Shiko Munakata is reflected in the works exhibited here: to display comparatively few works, so that the viewer spends time looking closely at each and every one. The art of Munakata is condensed into woodblock prints impressive in their scale, such as Ten Great Disciples of the Buddha, as well as exquisite Yamato-e classical paintings (painted by hand), oil paintings that reflect his admiration for van Gogh, and fascinating, dynamic calligraphy. Moreover, the museum exhibits the printing blocks he used and many other artifacts that provide visitors with a multifaceted understanding of Shiko Munakata.

As well as the works themselves, the building and garden are also very appealing. The museum building itself, in the azekura (log-cabin) style, and the pond-stroll-style Japanese garden have been designed to complement each other with their unique appearance, and never fail to captivate visitors. There's no doubt that you'll be delighted by the beauty of the Tohoku region, no matter what the season.

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Address: 2-1-2 Matsubara, Aomori City, Aomori
Phone: 017-777-4567
Hours open to visitors: 09:30-17:00 (admission until 16:30)
Admission Fee: 500 yen (adults), 300 yen (college Students), 200 yen (high school students), free (elementary & junior high school students) (admission is free on September 13 (memorial of Munakata Shiko's death) and November 3 (Culture Day))
Closed: Mondays (unless Monday is a national holiday or falls under the Nebuta festival period, from August 2 to 7), New Year's holidays (December 28-January 3)
Directions: About 15 minutes from JR Aomori Station (about 3 hours and 40 minutes from Tokyo Station) by bus; get off at Munakata-Shiko-Kinenkan-Dori bus stop, then walk 4 minutes. (Car) About 15 minutes from Aomori-Chuo Interchange on the Tohoku Expressway.

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