Mitsui Memorial Museum
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The Mitsui Memorial Museum opened in Nihonbashi in October 2005, and will celebrate its ninth anniversary this Autumn. This has been made possible by the continued support and understanding of our contributors, partners and guests. We would like to express our deep gratitude for your kindness.
This exhibition, “Noh Masks and Costumes: See/ Know/ Compare” is seventh in a series of annual exhibitions with the concept of “The Playful Art and Aesthetic Sense” that are held every summer.
Noh is Traditional Japanese Theatre Art and tends to be considered complicated at first glance by most Japanese. This exhibition illuminates that unique Japanese aesthetic by presenting Noh masks and costumes from various perspectives such as shape and pattern, in order to comprehensively introduce visitors to the world of Noh.
In addition, we are holding a special display: “Kabuki Costumes from the Mitsukoshi and Isetan Collections – Renowned Actors in Famous Scenes”. We introduce luxurious and splendid Kabuki costumes actually worn by renowned actors together with the photographs of the plays. We hope these costumes and photographs transport you to the scenes as if you were actually watching those renowned actors.
Finally, we would like to offer our heartfelt thanks to Isetan Mitsukoshi Ltd. and Shochiku Co., Ltd. for their generous support, and to all those who have contributed to the realization of this exhibition.
■Hours: 10am to 5pm, entrance until 4:30pm
■Holidays: Mondays(except 8/11, 9/15)
（If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open on Monday)
■Address: Mitsui Main Building, 7th Floor, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022
■For inquiries: 03-5777-8600 (Japanese only)
Tokyo Metro Subway Ginza Line: Exit A7, 1 min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station
Tokyo Metro Subway Hanzomon Line: Exit A7, 3 min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station
Tokyo Metro Subway Ginza-Tozai Lines: 4 min walk from Nihombashi station,Exit B11※
Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 6 min walk from Nihombashi station,Exit B11※
※Exit B11 is temporarily closed. Please use COREDO NIHONBASHI elevator or escalator up to the ground floor.
JR Tokyo Station: 7 min walk from Nihonbashiguchi exit
JR Kanda Station: 6 min walk
JR Sobu Line Rapid Service: 4 min walk from Shin-nihombashi Station
Metro Link Nihonbashi (Free bus service): Mitsui Memorial Museum bus stop
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Mitsui Memorial Museum
The Mitsui Memorial Museum opened in October 2005 in Nihonbashi, a site closely related to the Mitsui Group. The collections from the Mitsui Bunko Museum in Nakano ward, with many treasures of Japanese and Asian art, will move to the new museum. Members of the Mitsui families have assembled the art works in the collection over the past three centuries and their preservation as a collection make these art works a preeminent element of Japanese cultural heritage.
The Mitsui Memorial Museum is located in the Mitsui Main Building. This important western-style structure created in the early Showa era has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. The entrance to the new museum is located in the neighboring super skyscraper the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower Atrium.
The exhibition galleries will include a detailed reconstruction of the interior of the Joan tea ceremony room, a National Treasure tea ceremony room long related to the Mitsui family. Display of the "beauty of functionality" in the selection of tea ceremony utensils will be contrasted with the display of Japanese and Asian art works in a western architectural setting. These galleries will allow visitors to rediscover the "beauty of form." Viewers will be encouraged to explore the true meaning of art and culture.