Feeling liberated by not having a mountain of essays to write, I took a trip to the National Museum at the top of Ueno Park on Friday. Students from my university get free admission (the uni has an institutional subscription) so I figured I'd get the most out of my few remaining days of being a legitimate student. As an extra bonus the garden out back was open. Each year it opens for a month in spring and a month in autumn. It was the first time I had been there while it was open to the public. In view of the fact it's a rather unusual phenomenon I took rather a lot of photos...the info comes from the signs there.
|A pagoda built in the 1600s and given to Horyuji|
temple in Nara by Tokugawa Tsunayoshi.
It's 5.7m high.
|A commemorative steele for the second expo|
held in Japan (Ueno) in 1881. The art for the expo was in a newly
built museum building designed by Josiah Conder.
|A memorial stone for Satsuma native (Kagoshima) |
Machida Hisanari, the museum's first
director. In the early Meiji time he went to the UK to
learn from the British Museum.
|There are a number of buildings in the garden. This was built|
as a labourers hut in Saitama in the Edo era and donated to
the Museum in 1959.
|Very peaceful, though still looking quite wintery.|
|Okyokan - a teahouse built in Nagoya in 1742. Acquired|
(though it didn't say how or in what circumstance) by
Masuda Takashi, the founder of Mitsui. Donated to
the museum in 1933.
|Wooden detail of the above.|
|Kujoukan, originally from Kyoto, part of the imperial palace estate.|
It was brought to Tokyo after the restoration of the emperor and
donated to the museum in the 1930s. The glass is handmade.
|Signs of spring|
|Looking across to the Tengoan|
|Not many people. I like the shape of the seating. It's very peacful|
sitting here looking out on the pond.
More detailed info available http://www.tnm.jp/modules/r_free_page/index.php?id=121
This year's opening schedule is below:
*Schedule - Museum Garden Opening
Spring : Saturday, March 10 - Sunday, April 15, 2012 10:00 - 16:00
Autumn : Saturday, October 27 - Sunday, December 9, 2012 10:00 - 16:00