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Walk the grounds of Tokyo University.
You will be surprised by the very western looking building. This building is the most famous and the symbol of the university.
The University of Tokyo was established in 1874, as the first national university in Japan. It offers courses in essentially all academic disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels and provides research facilities. The University has approximately 2,800 professors and lecturers, and a total student enrollment of about 28,000.
The University of Tokyo is composed of three campuses: Hongo, Komaba, and Kashiwa.
The Yayoi-Yumeji Museum is two museums in one, with the Yayoi Museum filled with works by Kasho Takabatake covering three floors on one side and the Yumeji Takehisa Museum with works by Yumeji Takehisa covering two floors on the other side. Both are early 20th century artists. Both artists also gained fame for their paintings of beautiful women.
I came to see the Yumeji Takehisa Museum, because I enjoyed his museum in Okayama as well as a special exhibit of his works in Kyoto. Although his bijinga (paintings of beautiful women) are what he's known for, he actually has a much broader range of works than he's given credit for. His women seem almost cartoonish yet the expressions, particularly the eyes, are very life-like and seem to convey a lot of emotion. Perhaps that is what makes his art so great. Once you know of him, it is also very easy to recognize his works, because he did not follow any school of art, so Yumeji's works are uniquely his own.
Although I came thinking the Yayoi Museum was simply a nice bonus, I also really enjoyed the works of Kasho Takabatake. He also painted many paintings of women but with a lot more paintings of children as well and many of his works were used in magazines and other similar forms of media. The displays from his art in Japan's first women's magazine are very well-done and interesting.
Entrance is 900 yen which includes both museums. University and High School students 800 yen. Younger 400 yen.
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