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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts Kyoto

Domoto Museum堂本印象美術館

A little bit of Barcelona lurks in northwest Kyoto.

Just across the main gate to Ritsumeikan University, a bit down the road from the Golden Pavilion, is one of the oddest buildings in Kyoto.

The Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts Kyoto was designed by the the great nihonga painter Insho Domoto, who was a painter and teacher in Kyoto until his death in 1975.

The museum, which has Gaudi like design elements on the outside and inside, is currently exhibiting nihonga works that feature Japanese women since the beginning of the twentieth century.

The exhibit runs from October 2 (Fri) until November 29 (Sun).

Most of the works are from the Taisho and Showa era, when clothing shifted from Japanese to Western styles and the "modern girl" (moga) appeared.

Some of the best works are scrolls and advertising posters for beer.


500 yen for adults


26-3 Kamiyanagi-cho
Hirano Kita-ku
Tel: 075 463 0007

9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last Admission at 4:30p.m.) Closed Mondays. Adults: 500 yen.

Access: The Insho Domoto is across the street from Ritsumeikan University's Main Gate. From JR/Kintetsu Kyoto Station take bus number 50. From Sanjo-Keihan, buses 12, 15, 59. Get off at Ritsumeikan Daigaku-mae.

Domoto Museum
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