Kyoto National Museum, Kyoto

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    Go to Rooms 8-12, Paintings Room at the Museum

    by joiwatani Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    These rooms are my favorites. The paintings are huge. Some paintings were taken from walls of individual Japanese houses before. In these rooms, you see the Buddhist paintings, ink paintings, and handscrolls, as well as screen paintings from the Momoyama to Edo periods (late 16th-19th c.). Also, on display are the early Chinese and Korean paintings.

    The Waterfowl in Lotus Pond by Tawaray Sotatsu is on display in this room. It is considered a a National Treasure.

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    by Gili_S Updated Feb 9, 2010

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    This is the Kyoto National Museum (not to confuse with the Kyoto National Museum of Modern Art) Here you can find interesting exhibitions regarding the city and Japan history as well as other interesting exhibitions and National Treasures.

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    Go to Room 16, Lacquerware Room of the Museum

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    This room presents Japanese lacquerware decorated in the makie technique (using sprinkled gold powder), as well as Chinese and Korean lacquerware. Various themes, periods, techniques and styles of lacquer are explored in its display.

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    Go to Room 15, Lacquerware Room of the Museum

    by joiwatani Written Dec 1, 2008

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    This room prsents Japanese lacquerware decorated in the make technique (using sprinkled gold power), as well as Chinese and Korean lacquerware. Various themes, periods, techniques and styles of lacquer are explored in its display.

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    Go to Room 14, the Textile Room of the Museum

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    This is one of my favorites in the Museum because of the colorful kimonos on display. This room features costumes and textiles from early to early modern Japan, and introduces their techniques and designs.

    In the early spring, Girl's Day is celebrated with a special display of dolls.

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    Go to Room 13, Calligraphy Room

    by joiwatani Written Dec 1, 2008

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    The Calligraphic works - including Buddhist sutras, early documents, and records from China and Japan are highlighted as visual art.

    You can skip this room if you wanted to. It is kind of boring especially when you cannot understand the language. Just proceed to Room 14 which is the Textile Room.

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    Go to Rooms 5-7, Sculpture Room at the Museum

    by joiwatani Written Dec 1, 2008

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    In Room 5 of the Museum are the valuable treasures of Japan! Early Gandharan and Chinese stone and gilt bronze Buddhas, and Japanese Buddhist schultures from the Nara and Heian periods (8th-12th c.) are shown.

    In Room 6 exhibits small gilt bronze Buddhas and Kamakura-period (1185-1333) Buddhist sculptures. Guardian lions and lion-dogs and masks are also featured for special displays.

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    Go to Room 3-4, Ceramics Room at the Museum

    by joiwatani Written Dec 1, 2008

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    The museum was very dark when we were there. There is not a lot of lighting and I am not sure if it was intentional to preserve some of the artifacts. However, it is a good idea to get the map of the museum and figure out which room displays what artifacts.

    Rooms 3-4 displays is the Ceramic Room of the Museum. The ceramics on display are those from the Nara (710-793) to Edo (1616-1867) periods, and introduces the stuylistic features of various kilns.

    Room 4 displays Chinese ceramics, including burial figurines from the tombs of the Han (206 B.C.-A.D. 220) to Tang (618-c. 907) dynasties. Song and Yuan dynsasty (10th-14th c.) celadon and tenmoku ware, and Yuan and Ming-dynasty (13th-1th c.) bule-and-white and five-colored porcelain, and Korean ceramics.

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    Go to Rooms 1-2 "Archaelogy Room" at the museum

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    Plan to stay longer at the museum when there is a special event. And, don't forget to to go to Rooms 1-2, the Archaelogy room. Room 1 exhibits archaelogical artifacts from the Paleolithic, Jomon, Yajoi, and Kofun periods (16,000 B.C. A.D. 7th c) from various regions of Japan, and photographs of the excavation sites from each period.

    Artifacts excavated from sites in the Heian capital of Kyoto and of former temples and sutra mounds from the Nara (710-793) to Heian (794-1185) periods are surveyed in room 2.

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    Go to the Collection Hall of the Nat'l Museum

    by joiwatani Updated Dec 1, 2008

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    In 1889, the government of Japan established three national museums in Kyoto, Tokyo and Nara for the preservation of the arts, treasures, objects and crafts of the Japanese. There were periods before 1889 that these cultures were being destroyed or neglected.

    Kyoto National Museum houses some of the best treasures of Japan today. There is an Special Exhibition Hall in the museum and this is truly an amazing journey to the past. There are about 12,000 objects owned or in custody of the museum. It includes archaeological artifacts, ceramics, sculptures, paintings, calligraphy, textiles, lacquerware, and metalworks. These are in displays regularly at the museum.

    The regular hours at the museum is 9:30 am - 5:00 pm (Tuesday-Sunday) Open until 6:00 pm for special exhibition. For the Collection Hall it costs Y500. Student price is Y250

    Here are the transportation directions since it's not enough space to write below:
    Via Keihan Railway: Get off at Shichijo Station. Walk east along Shichijo Street to the Museum (approximately 7 minutes.

    Via Hankyui Railway: Get off at Kawaramachi Station. Walk east over the bridge to the Keihan Shijo Station and take the Osaka-bound Keihan train to Shichijo Station. Walk east along Shichijo Street to the museum.

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    Visit the gardens of the Kyoto National Museum

    by joiwatani Written Nov 10, 2008

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    Not much to see but it is just fun to look at the Kyoto National Museum of Art from the gardens. There is a fountain over there, a sculpture of the "Thinking Man", some "fudogs" and the most amazing to see are the bonsai trees. I just wondered a lot how they protected these trees and how they trimmed them to maintain their beauty.

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    Visit the gardens at Sansumo National Art Museum

    by joiwatani Updated Nov 1, 2008

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    The bonsai trees around the museum were beautiful and so with some of the sculptures around it. My favorite is actually the "Thinking Man".

    There is also a fountain at the entrance of the museum.

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    Visit the Sansumo National Art Museum

    by joiwatani Written Nov 1, 2008

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    The Sansumo Art National Art Museum houses the most valuable arts of Japan - from art wall paintings, decorations, shojis, etc. If you are an art lover, you should go to this place. Otherwise, you will feel that you are ripped off of your entrance fee!

    I am not particularly interested in writings on the walls or Japanese cloths/silks painted thousands of years ago so it was kind of boring for me to go to this place. The temple was cold in the Fall time, so you might like to get a jacket or something. Also, the line to buy tickets is very long. It took us about half an hour to be in the line! It was freezing cold outside and it was our first trip of the day so I wasn't that excited at all. There were also many tourists that day that we went inside the museu that we cant really appreciate what was on the wall.

    Anyway, it was just me. Everybody has their own different experiences. But, I won't advise tourists to go to the Sansumo National Art Museum on their first visit of Kyoto!

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    Kyoto National Museum

    by Blatherwick Updated May 10, 2004

    This museum had a very good collection of Japanese art and culture. However, when I went there was one reason to go. The special exhibition of costumes and art from Star Wars. They even had a signed Darth Vader lightsaber in the gift shop.

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    KYOTO NATIONAL MUSEUM

    by heywinks Written Feb 25, 2003

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    I came here to see an exhibit on the history & aesthetics of tea in Japan. It was a very interesting exhibit: tea bowls, teapots, spoons, water heaters, folding screens & scrolls depicting village tea scenes, etc. The layout was good (some English translation too!) & easy to follow.
    The permanant exhibit displays textiles, Japanese old roof tiles, bells, buddha/deity figures, scrolls, swords, & pottery.
    It`s a little expensive to see the exhibits so I suggest you check out their website. If the new special exhibit sounds interesting to you, then go. I wouldn`t go just to see the permanant exhibit.
    NOTE: 2nd or 4th Saturday of the month it`s free admission to the permanant collection.

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