Mitsui Memorial Museum
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The French term demitasse refers to a small cup, about half a normal teacup size, that is used to drink strong after-dinner coffee. Regardless of the fact that these cups are so small that they can be held in the palm of your hand, their greatest fascination lays in the surprising array of decorative and formal tricks used by their potters to enliven each work.
This exhibition introduces about 300 examples of demitasse cups, predominantly made from the 18th through early 20th centuries at such famous European porcelain works as Sevres, Meissen, KPM Berlin, Minton, Royal Worcester, Royal Crown Derby and Coalport.
These works, collected one-by-one over forty years by Tokyo residents Yasuhiro and Tomiko Suzuki, will welcome visitors into the demitasse realm, which bears many similar features to Japan’s enjoyment of tea.
■Hours: 10am to 5pm, entrance until 4:30pm
■Holidays: Mondays, 2/22
（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 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.