Introduction

In addition to the works of Seiho Takeuchi and Sotaro Yasui, those of Shinsui Ito, a painter of ukiyoe style portraits of beautiful women, Katsumi Miyake, a watercolor painter, and other artists, are introduced in the permanent museum. In the Reiji Hiramatsu Hall, about twenty of his works are constantly being exhibited, theme by theme.

Yugawara Art Museum exhibits a large number of excellent artistic works in addition to handing down important local cultural heritage to future generations.
Yugawara is known as the onsen (hot springs) and health resort mentioned from ancient times in Manyoshu , and during the Showa period (1926-1989), many cultured people visited Yugawara to rest.
SeihoTakeuchi, a Japanese style painter who is referenced in the saying: “Taikan of the East and Seiho of the West,” and Sotaro Yasui, a Western style painter, had their studios and residences in Yugawara in their later years and engaged in production activities there.
Reiji Hiramatsu, who is a leading artist in present-day Japanese painting, is also attached to this area, and he currently does the cover pictures of the monthly publication, “Bungeishunju.”
In addition to the works of Seiho Takeuchi and Sotaro Yasui, those of Shinsui Ito, a painter of ukiyoe style portraits of beautiful women, Katsumi Miyake, a watercolor painter, and other artists, are introduced in the permanent museum. In the Reiji Hiramatsu Hall, about twenty of his works are constantly being exhibited, theme by theme, with the cooperation of Ryotokuji University.
From the observation resting room you can enjoy viewing the Japanese garden with Monet’s water lilies and seasonal flowers.
The first floor provides a free space, and anyone can enter it freely.
Please enjoy appreciating the works of art as long as you like in the relaxing and soothing space.

Charges Adults: 600 JPY(500 JPY) Elementary & junior high schoolers: 300 JPY(200 JPY) ※Figures in parentheses indicate discount fees for groups of 15 or more and holders of discount tickets.
Business hours 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.(Last entry: 4:00 p.m.)
A regular holiday Closed Wednesdays (Open when a national holiday falls on Wednesday and closed the next day), and Dec. 28th – 31st  ※There may be other temporary closures.
Transportation [By car] From the Tokyo area, do not turn at “Chitosebashi” Intersection on National Route 135→keep going straight for 10 more minutes. Free parking (cap. 15 cars) 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. [By train or bus] From JR Yugawara Station: ・Take the route bus for “Oku yugawara” or “Fudo taki” from Bus Stop 2. After about 12 minutes, get off at “Bijutsukan mae” bus stop. The museum is close to the bus stop. ・If you take a taxi, it's about an 8 minute ride.
Inquries [Yugawara Art Museum] 623-1 Miyakami, Yugawara-machi, Ashigara-shimo-gun, Kanagawa TEL 0465-63-7788 The website of Yugawara Art Museum
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The Reiji Hiramatsu Hall

Constantly on display in this hall are about twenty of the works of “Reiji Hiramatsu,” the highly popular artist who is playing an active part as the leading painter in the modern Japanese art world.
This hall is the first to constantly exhibit his works, and in commemoration of the opening, some seedlings of “the water lilies in Monet’s Pond” were replanted and have been grown in the garden.

Reiji Hiramatsu’s Biography

1941 Born in Tokyo
1960 Won a prize for the first time at Seiryu-sha’s exhibition.
1989 Won the grand prize at the Yamatane Museum of Art Award Exhibition.
1995 Started sketching pictures of his trips to Monet’s garden in France and other places.
2000 Took charge of the cover pictures of the weekly “Bungeishunju.” He is in charge even now.
2001 Won the grand prize of the MOA (Mokichi Okada Award).
2002 Held “the Reiji Hiramatsu Exhibition〜Tidal Current to Japanese Painting and Innovations〜”
at art museums connected with Yugawara.
2006 After becoming professor at Tama Art University, he took office as President of Ryotokuji University.
“The Reiji Hiramatsu Hall” was opened in Yugawara Art Museum. He is living in Kamakura now.

The permanent museum

In addition to the works of Seiho Takeuchi, the authority on Japanese painting who had his studio in Yugawara, and Sotaro Yasui of Western painting, the museum owns works connected with Yugawara, and about twenty of them are constantly being exhibited.

Facilities in the museum

●Café “Yamamomo an” The name of the café is derived from “Yamamomo-an (也馬茂々庵),” the studio of Seiho Takeuchi, the authority on Japanese painting. When the Reiji Hiramatsu Hall was opened, the atmosphere of Japonism was created through a French style interior. The café has many Japanese-style items on the menu such as “Bracken starch Dumpling Set Menu” and “Matcha Green Tea Set Menu,” because of Seiho’s hometown being Kyoto.
●Museum Shop Apr. 1 – Oct. 31
●The Japanese Garden The Japanese Garden can be observed from the resting space inside the exhibition room. In spring it turns into a world of fresh green, sprouting young leaves , then in summer, “Monet’s water lilies have cute flowers. In autumn, trees all over the hills have red and yellow foliage, and in winter, Yugawara is sometimes unusually blanketed in snow, and as winter changes back into, spring, petals of winter cherry blossoms flutter into the ponds and ume plum trees bloom fragrantly.

 

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