ASAKURA Museum of Sculpture



2021.02.25 (Thu)

By Charlotte, long-term Tokyo resident & history-loving traveler

There are many sculptures and statues in the world. Do you have a favorite? This post is about the Asakura Museum of Sculpture, which commemorates Fumio Asakura, who was one of the leaders of the Japanese sculpturing world.

The Asakura Museum of Sculpture is located in Fumio Asakura's former home and studio. Asakura graduated from the Tokyo Academy of Fine Arts in 1907, after which he settled down in Yanaka, opening his studio. After Asakura's death, this building was open to the public in 1967 by his bereaved family, according to his will.

In this studio, Asakura also taught his students. He provided them with guidance based on his unique view of nature.
For example, the garden, built on the roof of the building, was once used as a place to provide horticultural training to his students. Many would wonder if this type of training was required for becoming a sculptor. The goal of this training was to gain a sharp eye and sense of touch which was connected to nature. According to Asakura's teaching method, horticulture was a crucial part of their training.

At the Asakura Museum of Sculpture, visitors can see Asakura's studio where his works are displayed, his study, and the tea room in which he took a special interest.
However, the Asakura Museum of Sculpture is currently closed until the state of emergency declared by the Japanese government in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is lifted.
Instead, the Asakura Museum of Sculpture channel on YouTube offers videos of Fumio Asakura's life, as well as videos that will make you feel as if you are visiting the museum.
Now that we can't go out freely, why don't you take a look at it from the comfort of your home?

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