The Japanese Garden Museum

On our third day of travel we visited the Adachi Museum.

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It’s one of the most popular museums in Japan, famous for its display of Japanese gardens.

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Doubling as both art and garden museum, its indoor and outdoor arrangements dazzled the eyes.  The art was amazing, especially the contemporary art. I haven’t seen works that moving and powerful in a long times, at least not stuff made by recent artists.

No photos are allowed of the paintings, which is a pity because I really loved the paintings of the Japanese countryside that used light and nature to evoke nostalgia.

The exterior gardens could be photographed.

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I love the use of moss and sand.

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The museum was arranged very well and created a very comfortable atmosphere.

Although expensive, the coffee was worth it for its view of the garden.

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One issue I have with a lot of Japanese museums is the lack of thought put into how they arrange the displays and guide you to each one. Most of the museums just lay out the items on a table likes tools thrown down with a little name card next to them.

It usually looks junky.

The science museum in Ueno is at times a prime example of this.  It does some things very nicely, yet others very clumsily.

Not so with the Adachi Museum, where they really put thought into the presentation of everything and I found myself drawn to look at each display.

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The museum had a display of the garden viewed in each season.  It changes throughout the year, fall gives orange and yellow hues.

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My husband was fond of the circles around the rocks. They are supposed to evoke the feeling of water rippling outward from the rocks like they float in a still pond.

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