Nakagawa Kazumasa Museum of Art

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Nakagawa Kazumasa Museum of Art

Nakagawa Kazumasa Museum of Art
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Gem of Japanese oil painter
Dec 2017
Kazumasa Nakagawa was the first western style painter to be honored the Order of Culture in Japan. Born and raised near Tokyo University in Bunkyo-ku, he lived in Manazuru for many years not far from the museum; ask the receptionist to show you his workshop recreated in the park adjacent to the museum. This public collection of Kazumasa Nakagawa is located at the top of a narrow strip of land between the cove of Manazuru and Yugawara city. It changes shows 2-3 times a year, and I guess around 50-70 works of Nakagawa, from oil painting to sculpture in bronze to calligraphy are on display each time. The 2nd floor has 4 rooms with larger oil paintings, while the entrance floor holds a themed show including pieces by his friends. Passed a small room dedicated to Nakagawa’s calligraphy, there is a spacious tatami suits for tea ceremony, but I wished they had served tea by any chance. No coffee shop in this facility; a vending machine outside the building in the putty golf course. When I visited, they were showing in the themed exhibit room “Kazumasa Nakagawa and Shirakaba”, or his relationship with an art and literature movement in pre-WWII period. I was happy to find Vincent van Gogh’s minor oil painting from a private collection, and found the magazine Shirakaba first introduced van Gogh to Japan, and Nakagawa studied his works. Nakagawa enjoyed friendship among Shirakaba Romanticists, befriended by Japanese main stream novelist Sane’atsu Mushakoji who visited Nakagawa frequently, and they enjoyed painting together. I admired a huge calligraphy on display dedicated to Nakagawa by him: “(You are) Dragon, and clouds will come and swirl around you.” The surrounding area is a nature reserve with ancient growth of native trees, and if weather permits, plan a short hike to the neighboring Mitsuishi stone reef down the coastline. Or drop off the bus at the Mitsuishi which is the terminal/end of the route, hike up to museum, maybe less than a mile. From the museum, there are two bus services; the smaller public coach service winding across the edges of Manazuru town, and the other commercial transportation with shorter route back to JR Manazuru sta. Check their page before you visit on FaceBook as kazumasamuseum.

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Dec 2017 • Couples
Kazumasa Nakagawa was the first western style painter to be honored the Order of Culture in Japan. Born and raised near Tokyo University in Bunkyo-ku, he lived in Manazuru for many years not far from the museum; ask the receptionist to show you his workshop recreated in the park adjacent to the museum.

This public collection of Kazumasa Nakagawa is located at the top of a narrow strip of land between the cove of Manazuru and Yugawara city. It changes shows 2-3 times a year, and I guess around 50-70 works of Nakagawa, from oil painting to sculpture in bronze to calligraphy are on display each time. The 2nd floor has 4 rooms with larger oil paintings, while the entrance floor holds a themed show including pieces by his friends. Passed a small room dedicated to Nakagawa’s calligraphy, there is a spacious tatami suits for tea ceremony, but I wished they had served tea by any chance. No coffee shop in this facility; a vending machine outside the building in the putty golf course.
When I visited, they were showing in the themed exhibit room “Kazumasa Nakagawa and Shirakaba”, or his relationship with an art and literature movement in pre-WWII period. I was happy to find Vincent van Gogh’s minor oil painting from a private collection, and found the magazine Shirakaba first introduced van Gogh to Japan, and Nakagawa studied his works.
Nakagawa enjoyed friendship among Shirakaba Romanticists, befriended by Japanese main stream novelist Sane’atsu Mushakoji who visited Nakagawa frequently, and they enjoyed painting together. I admired a huge calligraphy on display dedicated to Nakagawa by him: “(You are) Dragon, and clouds will come and swirl around you.”

The surrounding area is a nature reserve with ancient growth of native trees, and if weather permits, plan a short hike to the neighboring Mitsuishi stone reef down the coastline. Or drop off the bus at the Mitsuishi which is the terminal/end of the route, hike up to museum, maybe less than a mile.
From the museum, there are two bus services; the smaller public coach service winding across the edges of Manazuru town, and the other commercial transportation with shorter route back to JR Manazuru sta. Check their page before you visit on FaceBook as kazumasamuseum.
Written December 18, 2017
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