This garden is designed with the image of the mountains and fields you can see from the garden of a samurai residence in the Edo period (1603 – 1868). Kabukimon, a gate with a crossbar, is in the site of the Sakurajo Castle, located in the southeastern part of the museum.
The botany in the garden are planted in specific groups, based on their purpose in life. Food includes loquat and udo (ginseng). Paper-related plants include Japanese linden and wisteria. For dyes, there is cape jasmine, mulberry, and safflower. Medicinal plants include nandin, ginkgo, and houttuynia cordata, Tool-related plants are oak, zelkova, and Egyptian cucumber. Painting, glueing, and fuel feature pine tree, lacquer tree and wild sesame.
Japanese culture coexists with beauty and nature.
Mr.Keisuke Serizawa, who encountered Okinawa’s Bingata polychromatic design method of dyeing, created works with the ancient “stencil dyeing” technique. He fascinated the world.
His various patterns included letters, plants, geometric patterns and others. He dyed kimonos, bands, cover designs of books and signboards. He also designed the Ohara Museum of Art craftworks gallery.
This museum introduces the Serizawa world, where the ancient and contemporary live comfortably together.
This center in Kuroishi City in Aomori Prefecture exhibits 11 types of Kokeshi dolls, which have a spherical head, a cylindrical body, and no limbs attached. Tsugaru Kokeshi dolls are made by a “Tsukuritsuke” technique that uses a single tree and are painted with a simple Rokuro, a turning lathe pattern, with the pattern of Nebuta, the summer festival of massive floating lanterns, and the peony flower of the Tsugaru Domain’s crest on the body.
The largest jumbo Kokeshi doll in Japan with a height of 4m21cm and the cute, unique Kokeshi doll, painted by Munakata Shiko (1903 – 1975), a Japanese woodblock print artist, are also exhibited.
Namahage folkloric demons of the Oga Peninshula in Akita Prefecture is the messenger of the gods in the Oga mountains. It is the traditional ritual on New Year’s Eve, that Namahage makes the rounds to houses in their village to give an admonition to wrongs, exorcisms, harvests, a big haul, and felicity as a visiting god. In Namahage Museum, there are 150 kinds of various Namahage masks, which were used in various parts of Oga city. They are the Power of masterpiece.
This museum also introduces the climate of the Oga and displays a traditional boat carved out of a whole tree, as well as local tools and other items. You can try on the real costumes of Namahage, too.
Sato Tadayoshi (1912 – 2011) was a leading Japanese sculptor from Miyagi prefecture and was a survivor of Detention in Siberia after World War II. Sato expressed lively female figures, with Bronze. He inherited the eye to capture the moment, in the tradition of Sendai.
This museum located along the Hirose River, introduces Modern Western painting, as well as when modern days arrived in Sendai. This museum possesses paintings, prints, sculptures and crafts from the Meiji period (1868 – 1912), which are closely related to the Miyagi and Tohoku regions.