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Mitsui Memorial Museum

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The flowers and plants that bloom across the seasons enrich our lives and have come to be a major set of motifs that adorn art works of all types. Every year the Mitsui Memorial Museum welcomes the New Year with the display of the museum’s feature work, the National Treasure Pine Trees in the Snow screens by Maruyama Ōkyo. The 2015 New Year’s exhibition will feature the Ōkyo screens, along with works on the theme of setsugekka, literally snow, moon and flowers. This traditional Japanese grouping of nature motifs is the basis for our selection of paintings and decorative arts whose designs and names recall these natural elements. We hope that visitors to the exhibition will particularly enjoy this display of flower imagery and from them sense the particular Japanese affection for seasonal flowers. The exhibition will also feature the debut appearance of works recently donated to the museum and several ukiyo-e prints and other works on loan from the Currency Museum of the Bank of Japan.

Floor plan

■Hours: 10am to 5pm, entrance until 4:30pm

■Holidays: Mondays(except 12/22, 1/5, 1/12), 12/26 - 1/3
(If Monday is a national holiday, the museum will be open on Monday)
museum guide

■Address: Mitsui Main Building, 7th Floor, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022

■For inquiries: 03-5777-8600 (Japanese only)

■Transportation:
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

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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.

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