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Nariwa Museum in Takahashi City

Nariwa Museum (Nariwa town, Takahashi City) is famous for its splendid building which is designed by a world-famous architect, Ando Tadao.

Also its exhibition of Kojima Torajiro's work is fabulous
From Nariwa town, Kojima Torajiro (1881-1929) is an Impressionist painter of 19th century.
It’s worth seeing


It takes an hour and a half by car from Centre of Okayama City.

We arrived at the museum.
As you can see, it’s an exposed concrete building. The shape is simple but unusual.
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                                                                          ©Hareranaman Okayama tabi net

The museum has a river and mountains at its back and it harmonizes with the scenery.
I especially liked the pond surrownding the building, since it looks like as if it’s floating in the water.
Apparently, the museun becomes more attractive in spring, as you can see cherry blossoms around it


The entrance is this way
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Inside of the building is bright, and spacious.
The concrete wall is really smooth, it was unlike I expected.
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Despite using concrete, this building has a warm feel
I wish I could live in a stylish house like this


The paintings by Kojima Torajiro are exhibited on the first floor.
Kojima Torajiro visited Europe three times, also China and Korea four times in his life to brush up his technic and to learn more about drawing.

Also he engaged in collecting European paintings receiving financial help by an entrepreneur in Kurashiki, Ohara Magosaburo.
Torajiro bought some valuable paintings by Claude Monet, El Greco, Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin etc which are exhibited at Ohara Museum of Art (in Kurashiki City) now.


We came across an easel belonged to Torajiro.
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So, I’ll show you some of his works

Going to school (1906)
登校 
                                                                                          ©Nariwa Museum
Torajiro drew this painting when he was a student.
Sisters in this picture seem to be on the way to school.
As you can see, one girl wears European hat and the other is holding a parasol.
Those items were new trends at that time.


A family (1910)
家族1910 
                                                                                                  ©Nariwa Museum
It seems to be a small town somewhere in Europe.
The bright sunshine and shade are painted in pastel colours.
I like the composition and his use of colour.


Peasant in Sakazu (1914)
酒津の農夫 
                                                                                        ©Nariwa Museum

He drew this painting after he came back from his study in Europe.
He adopted some new methods in this painting.
For instance, he put colours on a canvas from a tube of paint directly to bring out more vividness of the colour.
Besides, he used a painting knife to give the picture a strong feel.


A girl sitting round a table with flowers (1926)
花卓の少女 
                                                                                        ©Nariwa Museum

Torajiro in his later years tried to combine the Asian sense of beauty and the drawing technique he had learned in Europe.
For that reason, he visited China and Korea several times and drew people and the scenery there.
The girl in Chinese costume is gazing at the painter. Furniture in the room and a tree peony are really Chinese style.


A meeting about the declaration of war against Russia (1927)
対露宣戦布告御前会議習作
©Nariwa Museum

In 1924, Torajiro was asked to draw a mural for a museum in Meiji Jingu (Meiji shrine) which was sacred to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress.
The theme of the mural was ‘a meeting about the declaration of war against Russia’.

Torajiro devoted himself to the painting.
At first, he interviewed each participants of the meeting, then, made busts of them.
After that, he built an atelier which had a same size as the meeting room, and he displayed the busts there, then he made sketches of it

After three years of preparation, he finally drew this study for a mural.
However, he became ill soon after that, and he passed away in 1927.
It's a great pity he wasn't able to complete his work


We really enjoyed his works
You can see the combination of his deep sensibility as a Japanese artist and the sense of colour he learned in Europe.
To my mind, it’s a major attraction of his work.


Torajiro was also keen to collect ancient Egyptian artefacts.
Some of them are exhibited on the ground floor.
Shawabtys which used to bury with a dead person (left)
A face from a wooden coffin (right)
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The museum has a lovely café as well.
Shall we have a lunch here
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I ordered ‘Original lunch (700yen)’ .
You can choose the main dish out of two. Chicken or a hamburger stake.
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It tasts so good.
Fresh vegetables, juicy chicken, and creamy home made peanut tofu

The café aslo offers a wide choice of drinks
It’s a nice place to rest during a museum tour. 


We took a photo with the curator of the museum who showed us around.
Thanks a lot
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I like the building, the exhibition, the food… everything
It’s a bit far from the centre of Okayama City, though you should visit once


We’ll visit Kawakami town in Takahashi City next time

Nariwa Museum
Address: 1068-3 Shimohara, Nariwa town, Takahashi City
Tel: 0866-42-4455
Opening time: 9:30-17:00 (last admission 16:30)
Close: Mondays (if it’s a holiday it opens and closes the following day)
Admission fee: adults 500yen, students (university and high school) 300yen
                           junior high school and primary school students 200yen 
                           *An additional fee might be needed for a special exhibition.
Access: 20min by bus from JR Bicchu Takahashi station 
               50min by car from Kurashiki IC or Kasaoka IC 
               30min by car from Kayo IC 
               40min by car from SojaIC or Ukan IC 
               50min by car from HokuboIC or NiimiIC 
               60min by car from Okayama air port
www.kibi.ne.jp/~n-museum/






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