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Neiraku Museum

The Neiraku Museum

The Neiraku Museum owns and displays more than two thousand art objects that survived the air raid of Kobe City in 1945. They were collected by NAKAMURA Junsaku, his son Junichi, and his grandson Junsuke. The Nakamura family maintained sea-transportation business. Junsaku purchased the Isuien Garden in 1939 from the Seki family, and Junsuke started to display a part of the collection of art objects in 1958.

The coverage of the collection is temporally and spatially diverse. The collection includes ancient Chinese bronzes, seals, bronze mirrors, and rubbings of Chinese stelae, as well as ceramics of Koryo Korea and porcelains of Yi Dynasty Korea, in addition to ancient rooftiles and utensils for Japanese tea ceremonies. Since we cannot display all the collection at once, what is displayed in the museum changes on regular bases. In spring and autumn, we exhibit different paintings in the Matamata Ichiraku jo, a collection of thirteen paintings by TANOMURA Chikuden (1777-1835), which has been designated as an important cultural property by the national government.

The building of the museum was designed by the architect TOHATA Kenzo. The projecting and curving roof of the building is an adaptation of the typical Nara style roof. The building was completed in 1969.

Neiraku Museum

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Neiraku Museum
Matamata Ichiraku cho

Matamata Ichiraku jo(peony)

Important Cultural Propertiy

TANOMURA Chikuden Japan Edo period

Celadon Tray,docolated with inlaied Peony Design and incised Chrysanthemum Design

Celadon Tray,docolated with inlaied Peony Design and incised Chrysanthemum Design

Korea Goryeo Dinasty

Rubbing

Rubbing

Wang Xizhi China Sung

Bronze Official Seal

Bronze Official Seal

China Jin photo: Yoshiro Hashimoto

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from the Collection

Art objects shown here are changed periodically.