Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
 
EXHIBITION

Soseki, Kyoto and the Oyamazaki Villa: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the novelist's birth

Mar 18, 2017-May 28, 2017

Soseki, Kyoto and the Oyamazaki Villa: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the novelist's birth

2017 is the 150th anniversary of birth of the great novelist Soseki Natsume(1867-1916). His experience in Kyoto, which he visited four times, influenced many of his works, such as "In the Evening Arrived at Kyoto" and "The Poppy".

During his final stay in Kyoto, he was invited to by businessman Shotaro Kaga (1888-1954), to view Kaga's new villa, which was still under construction. During the visit to the villa, he accepted a request by Kaga to give the villa its name. His letter to Kaga mentioned the progress of the construction and fourteen suggestions for the name of the new villa. Sadly Natsume passed away the following year, which was just before the building was completed in 1917.

Today, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art is delighted to announce that the museum has acquired the letter mentioned above having recently been discovered after long missing, in this, the memorial year of Natusme's birth.

This exhibition displays the letter to public for the first time, his diary, and works of the painter Seifu Tsuda who visited the villa with Natsume, to investigate the novelist's last stay in Kyoto.

In addition, "Rankafu", a series of botanical woodblock prints depict orchids cultivated by Kaga is exhibited.

* The line-up will be changed in the middle of the exhibition.

◎Date

Mar 18, 2017-May 28, 2017
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
*last admission: 4:30 p.m.

◎Closed

Mondays(except Mar 20, May 1), Mar 21

◎Organizers

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
The Asahi Shimbun Company

◎Admission*Prices in parenthes is apply to groups of 20 or more.

Adult
900 yen(800 yen)
University or high school student
500 yen(400 yen)
Admission is free for junior high school students and younger children.
Admission is 300 yen upon presentation of a Disabled Person's Booklet (Shogaisha Techo).

Main Exhibits

  • A part of Soseki Natsume’s letter to Shotaro Kaga

    A part of Soseki Natsume’s letter to Shotaro Kaga, 18th April 1915,
    Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art
    (donated by Yoshiaki Yoshida and Takuo Yoshida)

  • Goyo Hashiguchi,Book design of

    Goyo Hashiguchi
    Book design of "The Poppy" 1907
    Kanagawa Museum of Modern Literature

  • Rankafu no.12, Brassocattleya

    Shotaro KAGA(edit.)
    "Rankafu no.12, Brassocattleya
    Madame Charles Maron 'Oyamazaki'" 1946
    Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art

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Gallery Talk by Curator

Date 14:00-14:30
every second & fourth Saturday,
except May 27
Venue Museum galleries
Admission Free of charge *Need museum admission
No advance application needed

Café Event

Cherry blossom & Strawberry cake

Cherry-flavoured cake with dried strawberries

Aqua Vitae

Whisky flavoured cake and jelly and syrup with chocolate biscuit macaroon
* It contains alcohol

Mitsuya Cider

Fruit flavoured carbonated soft drink

Dates
available
Mar 18, 2017-May 28, 2017
Cooperation RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto
Price Cake ¥550 each (include tax)
Cake with tea/coffee ¥950 each (include tax)
Mitsuya Cider \250(include tax)
*Need museum admission
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