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See the beautiful art of written letters at the Calligraphy Museum



2022.01.27 (Thu)

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

If you are interested in Japanese culture, you may have experienced Japanese calligraphy. Today, I would like to introduce you to the Calligraphy Museum, a place in Taito City where you can immerse yourself in the world of calligraphy.

The Calligraphy Museum is located in the Yanaka area of Taito City, and is a place where you can view various cultural assets and artifacts related to calligraphy from Japan and China. The museum houses a variety of works and materials that have been important in the history of calligraphy from ancient times to the present, such as beautiful writing on paper and tapestries that most people think of when they hear the word calligraphy, and pieces of animal bones with ancient Chinese writing on them.

The founder of the museum, Nakamura Fusetsu, was a calligrapher himself. Active since the early 20th century, Fusetsu's calligraphy has often been used as logos for store names and product names, and can still be seen around us today. For example, the label of the Japanese sake "Nihosakari" is a work by Fusetsu. In the Calligraphy Museum, there is the "Nakamura Fusetsu Memorial Room" where you can enjoy his works.

The museum also has a courtyard where visitors can enjoy the seasonal flowers blooming beside the elegant building. In the courtyard, there is a restored storehouse that was built by Fusetsu in the Meiji era (1868-1912) and used to house the calligraphy museum's collection.

In addition to the permanent collection, the Calligraphy Museum holds special exhibitions based on different themes four times a year. Currently, until February 27th, the museum is holding a special exhibition, "Commemorating the 700th Anniversary of His Death: Tradition and Revival Zhao Mengfu and His Times," to commemorate the 700th anniversary of the death of Zhao Mengfu, a calligrapher who was active in China around the year 1300 and had a great influence on the history of Chinese calligraphy. Come and spend a day at the Calligraphy Museum and ponder the history of letters.
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