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Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum

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Address: 569 Kaneicho, Gojozaka, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto 605-0875, Kyoto Prefecture
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+81 75-561-3585

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A must visit not only for Mingei Movement fan but anyone who love art.

What a beautiful house! Not only his ceramic pieces but the entire house is work of art. He also collected Enku and Mokujiki sculptures. Everything was tastefully displayed. I... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 26 October 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

What a beautiful house! Not only his ceramic pieces but the entire house is work of art. He also collected Enku and Mokujiki sculptures. Everything was tastefully displayed. I have been to Kyoto many times and finally I got to go there and it was worth waiting. There is even a Noborigama. You cannot do this in today's world but... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

There are a few examples of this sort of museums out there - the McIntosh House in Glasgow, for example, and Dali's house north of Barcelona - of a house that was designed by the artist, with fixtures and fittings designed by the artist, and displaying the works of the artist. You get a sense of the artist, how he... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

Go here. If you have any style at all, if you know how to think, if you are stirred by beauty and artistic fortitude go here. I wish I could be more like this man I had never heard of. I also now can say I have lusted for another man's kiln.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Every time I have a foreign guest, I take him or her to this place. This is a house designed by a sculptor and potter, Kanjiro Kawai. With his designed / made furniture, this place can be more tangible and you could actually feel his philosophy without any verbal explanation. This place truly is filled with peaceful atmosphere. If you're... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

This is a wonderful example of a fine Kyoto machiya house. More importantly, it belonged to Kawai Kanjiro, one of Japan's finest ceramists of the 20th century. It is a beautifully furnished two story structure, with nice small garden. It has a lovely kiln used for bisqueware, and the massive "climbing" kiln is spectacular, if you are at all interested... More 

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Eugene, OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016

The museum was the actual home of the great artist, a man was a key member of the modern--- and a key figure to many future artists of renown.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

Those who know about the Mingei folk movement in Japanese pottery may already know of Kawai Kanjiro. This is an opportunity to really see how a potter committed to the values and aesthetics of this movement lived. The house looks lived in. You'll see his studio, kiln, and also some fine examples of his work. A unique opportunity, and nearby... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

The Kawai Kanjiro Memorial Museum has been wonderfully maintained as a tribute to one of Kyoto's great artists. There are two parts: a building which served as Kawai Kanjiro's home and studio and the outdoor kiln. Both sections are tourable and gave us a glimpse into what it was like to live and create his works of art. Although this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

You don't need to be a ceramicist to enjoy a visit to the Kanjiro House/Museum. If you are, it's a must when visiting Kyoto. The home had a lovely, serene feeling. Kanjiro was a leader in the folk art movement in Japan bringing back an appreciation to everyday articles.

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

If you are interested in the drama and majesty of Japanese ceramic art--and other art forms, traditional to modern, be sure to take an hour to tour this home-museum. Operated by members of his family, this extensive home-studio, with its large kilns in the back yard, is a serene but dramatic respite from the maddening tourist-crowds. It puts you inside... More 

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