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“Austere and Pretty”

Asakura Choso Museum
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$321.36*
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Private Half-Day Tokyo Tour including the Meiji Jingu and Yanaka
Ranked #30 of 358 things to do in Taito
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This small museum is the former studio of artist Asakura Fumio, the father of modern Japanese sculpture.
Reviewed November 14, 2007

I should start out by saying that if you have little interest in art or traditional Japanese, this museum will probably bore you. On the other hand, you might find it relaxing, if nothing else.

My husband and I went to Asakura Choso Museum late in the afternoon on a chilly December day. There were only a couple other people visiting, so our tour was quiet and pleasant.

Much of the museum is much in the style of traditional Japanese interior with thin walls, shoji, and tatami, but a lot of it features his amazing sculptures and beautiful woodwork. It is essentially a giant rectangle you can walk through with two different floors surrounding a beautiful, well-kept garden.

We didn't have time to do a lot of sight-seeing of historical Tokyo so going to this museum was a treat, as it gave us a chance to explore what resembled an old style dwelling (albeit larger and with a typical display room of art).

Most of the documentation and pamphlets were entirely in Japanese but information on the various works on display had English plaques and information.

If you want to see a part of Tokyo that you probably never imagined existing, go to Taito, go to Yanaka, and go to this museum. It's nothing like the bustling metropolis you probably associate with Tokyo. It's a quiet, peaceful treat.

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