Mitsui Memorial Museum
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“Hina Dolls of the Mitsui Family” is an annual exhibition marking the coming of spring in Nihonbashi. In this exhibition, Hina dolls and miniature furniture treasured by the wives and daughters of the Mitsui family are on display.
The exhibition features luxurious pieces once belonging to Motoko (1869-1946), the wife of Mitsui Takamine (10th generation head of the Kita Mitsui family); Toshiko (1901-1976), the wife of Mitsui Takakimi (11th head); Ms. Asano Hisako (1933-), the only daughter of Takakimi; and Okiko (1900-1980), the wife of Mitsui Takahisa (9th head of the Isarago Mitsui family). A highlight is the gorgeous display of Hina dolls on a 3-meter wide five-tiered stand specially made by Ōki Heizō V of Maruhei, Ōki Doll Company in Kyoto.
Thematic exhibition “Satsuma Ware in the Mitsui Family Collection” features Satsuma ware implements and tableware with overglaze enamels in exhibition room 7. In rooms 1-3 is a display of tea utensil masterpieces from our collection, as well as a series of paintings called “The Seasons and Their Fashions” by Mizuno Toshikata in room 6.
■Hours: 10am to 5pm, entrance until 4:30pm
■Holidays: Mondays(except 3/21), 2/28, 3/22
（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 B9
Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 6 min walk from Nihombashi station,Exit B9
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.