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“A real jewel in an unexpected location”

Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture
Ranked #3 of 5 things to do in Hanford
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Anacortes, Washington
Level 6 Contributor
199 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
“A real jewel in an unexpected location”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

This is a small museum and research center located on a farm south of Hanford. The grounds have a small library and office building, a small museum which you tour with a guide, and a Zen garden. You can look into Mr. Clark's Japanese garden but you can't enter. There is also a beautiful Bonsai collection that visitors can visit on their own. The display area is small so the exhibitions rotate. When we were there it was a display of exquisite lacquer work, with explanations of the different techniques. Our guide was very friendly and very knowledgable. The collection has been sold to the Minneapolis Museum of Art and will eventually be moved there, so you need to visit the Clark Center soon. It is an impressive tribute to one man's passion and collecting acumen. He saw some Japanese art in book when he was in the fifth grade, and started collecting (with some professional advice) as he could. It is one of the most significant collections in the world and includes many recent and contemporary works. It is simply breathtaking. A must see for anyone interested in Japanese art and culture.

Visited October 2013
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Santa Clarita, California
Level 4 Contributor
40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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“A Gem in the arid city of Hanford”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

Pleasantly surprised to find this cultural museum holding seasonal displays of treasured Japanese Art. The gardens were also a shady respite within the dry surrounding agriculture fields and desolate roads. In front is an interesting walk thru garden display of bonsai trees. There is a pleasant gift shop that sells Japanese incense, art and novelties. The only drawback is that the museum is located on the property of the owner, and you cannot walk across the bridge over the pond area that houses a lovely Japanese home and garden.

Visited July 2013
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Lemoore, California
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“A Bit of Japan in Central Calilfornia”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

The sitting is serene. The grounds are elegant with a small Zen rock garden and bonsai garden adjacent to the exhibit building door that is flanked by two guardians. After exchanging shoes for slippers one enters a fore room then the main exhibit room. With a rotation of Mr. Clark's collection or loaned art work one sees the best in Edo period screens or scrolls or kimono. With luck the extensive collection of bamboo baskets might be on display. Look for a piece or two of Fukami ceramic.
A delightful place to visit.

Visited January 2013
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“Most significant Japanese historical art collection possibly in the world, located in a walnut orchard in Central CAL!”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

If you have any interest at all in japanese art or history, you NEED TO PUT THIS ON YOUR TO DO LIST!. This is a hidden GEM located in the midst of the Central California agricultural farmland. The Clark Center is amazing, and the pieces that are part of this collection rival those found in the most famous museums in the world. Do yourself a favor, and plan a trip to the Clark Center and be ready to be amazed and the quality and significance of this Center.

Visited August 2012
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