This museum is Japan’s first museum specializing in photography. Domon Ken (1909 – 1990) became the 1st Honorary Citizen of Sakata City in 1974, and he donated all of his works to his hometown, Sakata City. Sakata City established this museum in 1983. This museum is in Iimoriyama Park, with beautiful natural forests and hills in the background. Domon Ken is a photographer who captures the beauty of Japan and the heart of the Japanese, based on the principle of“A truly good photograph captures more than the naked eye”.
This temple in Tsuruoka city was started by Myotatsu Shonin, the priest of the Sendai sect from Dewa Province Yamagata in the middle of the Heian period (794 – 1185). He had a hermitage here. This temple spread the Ryujin faith as a temple of the Ryujin, a guardian of the sea, along with the development of the northward marine route in the Edo period (1603 – 1868).
There is “Gyorin Isai Kuyo-to,” a five-storied pagoda of fish memorial, beside Sanmon, the main gate of the temple. It has sculptures of sea water and fish, to pray for the fish’s soul to rest in peace. It is unusual. In addition, a magnificent complex of temple buildings, such as the Ryuoden, dedicated to the Ryujin, remain of the 1,200 year history of faith.
This museum is on the hillock overlooking Mt. Adatarayama from Koriyama City. It exhibits the works of Joseph M. Turner (1775 – 1851), a landscapist from the UK, Japanese modern art after the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), and the works related to Koriyama City.
Turner’s realistic painting style changed in Venice, Italy, as he eventually drew landscape paintings that pursued the effects of the atmosphere and light, and raised his awareness of nature. – “Preserve as much of a fount of innocence that is awakened to the truth”
Jean Camille Corot (1796 – 1875), a French painter of Italian Landscapes, had traveled to various parts of Italy and France, expressed a mundane landscape with a poetic and fantastical portrayal of light, and opened the way for new landscape painting. “Ville d’Avray – Camille Corot.” This work draws the scenery of Ville d’Avray in the suburbs of Paris France, a villa that his father purchased.
This scenery of the village overlaps with the foot of Mt. Shinobuyama, Fukushima City, which has good water quality. This museum has more than 2,000 paintings, prints, and sculptures.