The Art Lover’s Guide to Japanese Museums


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An indispensable guide to Japan’s most fascinating museums and galleries

The Art Lover’s Guide to Japanese Museums is a personal introduction to more than 100 of Japan’s most distinctive and inspiring museums. In-depth information is given about each venue, including about its creation, collection, and highlights. Organized geographically, the book begins with numerous art institutions in and around Tokyo, and proceeds to Kyoto; museums in the western and eastern parts of the nation; Shikoku and the Inland Sea; Kyushu; and Hokkaido and Okinawa. Among the buildings and collections featured are the Nezu Museum, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Museum, Nagi MOCA, the Hiroshige Museum, the George Nakashima Memorial Museum, and the Hokkaido Historical Village. From magnificent traditional arts to fascinating artist’s houses, from sleek contemporary museums to quirky galleries, these museums house some of the world’s greatest artworks and are a reflection of Japan’s extraordinary culture both past and present.

Distributed for Modern Art Press

Sophie Richard is a specialist in Japanese culture and a freelance art historian. She is also the presenter of a 2019 documentary about the museums of Japan, airing on Japanese TV in 47 episodes.

“This new coffee-table book beautifully decodes Japan's temples of culture ahead of your trip” —Sunday Times Travel Magazine

“Anyone who has experienced the frustration of trying to visit some Japanese museums will appreciate this volume. Outside the major institutions, information in English is not always available; opening hours can be confusing [. . .]Until now, a reliable, easy-to-use guide in English was not available, so Sophie Richard has done a great service in writing about 50 of her favourites - ones that she has visited and can recommend”Art Newspaper
ISBN: 9780956800770
Publication Date: October 29, 2019
Publishing Partner: Distributed for Modern Art Press
272 pages, 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
330 color illus.

Sales Restrictions: World excluding Japan