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Eisei Bunko Museum




Go up the steep hill, and the Eisei Bunko Museum is to the left.

Hishida Shunsou’s “Black Cat”: an important cultural property.

“Kinginsakushuryoumonkyou”, a national treasure.

The stone gate in front of the sutra archives of the Hosokawa family temple, in Kumamoto Prefecture. Built in Chinese-style, which is rare in Japan.

The Eisei Bunko Museum, which stands unassumingly amongst the trees.

Vestiges of Musashino can still be seen amongst the greenery. Inhale deeply and take in the fresh clean air.
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Cross Komatsuka Bridge on Kanda River, and you’ll see Sekiguchi Basho’s hermitage on the right. On the left, under the large gingko tree, you’ll see the Water Temple. Go up the steep hill between the hermitage and the temple, and the Eisei Bunko Museum is on your left.

Just a few minutes’ walk from campus, you can find Eisei Bunko Museum, surrounded by dense trees, giving the impression that time is standing still. The Eisei Bunko Museum was founded in 1950 by the 16th daimyo (feudal lord) of the Hosokawa clan, Hosokawa Morimatsu. Among the exhibits are historical documents and fine arts amassed by the 540,000 koku fortune (a way of measuring wealth) of the former lords of the Higo-Kumamoto domain. The current building was constructed early in the Showa period, and was originally used as the office of the former Duke Hosokawa. The “National Treasures of the Eisei Bunko Museum” exhibit, which runs until November 21st, features fine art carefully selected from the eight national treasures and thirty-one important cultural properties in the museum's possession. In the past, Eisei Bunko Museum has displayed previously unseen works such as Hishida Shunsou’s “Black Cat” and “Fallen Leaves”, Kobayashi Kokei’s “Hair”, the national treasure “Shigureradengura” (from the Kamakura Period, a saddle inlaid with mother-of-pearls in the design of scattered showers), and “Kinginsaku-shuryoumonkyou” (from China’s Zhou period, a bronze mirror inlaid with gold and silver in a hunting motif). “Kinginsaku-shuryoumonkyou” is known universally as the “Hosokawa Mirror”.

Near the museum, alongside Kanda River, are the Edo River Park and the Shin-Edo River Park, whose garden boasts great natural beauty, perfect for taking casual strolls. The Water Temple and Basho hermitage are also nearby in the centre of the city, and are ideal places to watch the changing of the seasons.

Admission: (special exhibitions excepted)
General: 600 yen (Groups of more than 10 people: 500 yen)
Students: 400 yen
Museum hours: 10:00~16:00 (the entrance door is open until 16:00)
Closed: Sundays, Mondays, holidays, and when the exhibits are under construction . (However, the museum is open on Saturdays.)
Address 112-0015 1-1-1, Mejiro-dai, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo
Tel. 03-(3941)-0850
[URL] http://www.eiseibunko.com/

*During the special exhibit until November 21st Admission:
General: 700 yen (Groups of more than 10 people: 600 yen)
Students: 600 yen
Museum is closed on Mondays


Copyright (C) Student Affairs Division, WASEDA University. 2004 All rights reserved.
First drafted 2004 November 4.