Art times Culture where 3 min from Shibuya Crossing : The Bunkamura Museum Of Art

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

The bunkamura museum of art is a part of complex facility called bunkamura where for exhibition and focusing on collection from abroad. The exhibition’s theme I went was ukiyo-e that created in old era by two talented ukiyo-e artists who are Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Utagawa Kunisada in Japan.

This time those works brought back from museum of fine arts, Boston to Japan for this exhibition. When I heard this, one question crossed my mind that “why those works back to Japan? because it’s made in Japan originary.” Answer is they were bought up when it became popular in the world then hasn’t been back to Japan for long time. I didn’t know that until today and possibly you hit the opportunity like this time when you come to Japan! Let’s dig down this museum!

bunkamura facade

The form of facade is oval looking. Simple surface covers all.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada entrance

Moved to closer. The sign tells us this is “Bunkamura”. By the way the meaning of “Bunkamura” in Japanese is “culture village”.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

Let’s go forward to basement level taking escalator. The museum is there.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

This big ads on ukiyo-e jumped into my eye after got basement. It is Kuniyoshi’s work and much power came over toward me from the beginning.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

This big ads on ukiyo-e jumped into my eye after got basement. It is Kuniyoshi’s work and much power came over toward me from the beginning.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada fee

Quick check admission fee.. Adult for 1500 yen. I think not far but not low so to speak average it was.

bunkamura rule

Also I glanced at rule. Oh..taking photo doesn’t allow in this museum. How could I handle this? Well..Ttis reason behind I couldn’t take much atmosphere however I put some ukiyo-e on this article that printed on brochure so keep going ;p

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada ticket

This is a ticket with ukiyo-e by Kuniyoshi. The cat behind ticket is also designed by Kuniyoshi. I can’t tell what cat is doing but the cat drew by him seems went well especially to women for some reasons…haha

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada date

The gate. Looks movie theater in Japan..

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

I’ll put down several pictures from now that printed on brochure I got and actually I saw them with my own eyes.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

This named “monster hunter & hero” on brochure ( in Japanese). Sounds cool yeah.

“Gorgeous mode & style”. Illustrates the courtesan. Many things put on to be gorgeous and proves I’m the No1. Quite detail oriented that I surprised.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

“Horror of water”. Oh man. Why did you turn into so big? haha.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

“Kabuki star collection”. Do you know Kabuki? ( google it! ). There is strong relationship between ukiyo-e and Kabuki. This image tells us about the name of actor for Kabuki.

There were more ukiyo-e, but you know couldn’t take photo..hope you can imagine how it was!

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

Around the ending of museum I found a touchable REAL ukiyo-e. I took one step forward. This kind of thing made my day.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada

Do you recognise this slightly bumped surface? When I traced on it with my finger I got warm crafted texture as well. I would rather touch than just watching maybe.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada brochure

After out from museum, I laid out brochures and plastic bag for exhibition goods. What I bought is..

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada goods cat

“CAT” necklace.. (actually my friend did!)

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada goods

I found kind of goods shop the other side of museum where belongs to Bunkamura(maybe). Anyway, the shop serves a couple of the same merchandise as inside museum shop has. The picture above is postcards ukiyo-e on it.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada goods

Yes, “Cat” towels were laying out as well.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada goods

By the way on the way to museum I found goods of museum that is display on the show window next to museum.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada capsule toy

I found another unique feature at this exhibition was there is capsule toy for 400yen. I haven’t seen it somewhere else actually.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada capsule toy

I did it (doesn’t matter how old I am..) and got Geta(wood shoes : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geta_(footwear)) skull out of 3 kind.

bunkamura patio

Everything done today and looked at patio where just out from the museum. It has to be good to have tea with your friend or family after museum.

bunkamura ukiyoe kuniyoshi kunisada english

Almost forgot. Of course. This museum has English brochure too!

As I told you at first, this museum is complex facility and the museum is part of it so that you can find other stuff like musical, movie, concert and more. Moreover the business hour extends until 9PM every Friday and Saturday so how about add here to your itinerary as a option if you have spare time after early dinner in Tokyo at the weekend.

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URL (museum) :
http://www.bunkamura.co.jp/english/pickup/exhibition.html
URL (exhibition) :
http://www.ntv.co.jp/kunikuni/

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