Kobe City Museum, Kōbe-shi, Japan

Kobe City Museum (神戸市立博物館) opened in Kobe, Japan in 1982. It is one of Japan’s many museums which are supported by a municipality.

Kobe municipal Namba art museum and Kobe municipal archaeological museum were integrated and opened in 1982 (Showa 57). And – “international cultural exchange and contact of the East-West cultural change” and the basic theme, archaeological materials and old maps, including a national treasure, “St. Francis Xavier image” and “Nobunaga Oda image”, well-known, such as “Hideyoshi Toyotomi image” of art Products, such as works by Hiroshi Kanayama, Ryohei Koisawa and artists of Yukari Kobe, etc., are holding and displaying about 50,000 items.

One of the predecessors of the Kobe municipal museum is the Kobe municipal museum. The further predecessor of the Namba Art Museum was the private Ikeda Art Museum opened in 1940 (Showa 15 years) by Maki Ikemasa from Kobe City exhibiting their collections. Ikecho Museum of Art, as a facility to showcase the collections of the barbarian San Domingo pond length began the collection from the Showa era initial Art (Nanban art-San Domingo Art [Note 1]), Kobe Fukiai Ward (now Chuo-ku, ) Opened in Kumaichi Town. However, it was a period of wartime color at the time of the opening, the museum was exhibited several times and was closed during World War II in 1944 (Showa 19).

After the war, Ikecho feared the dissipation of the collection is the transfer of the building and collections in Kobe, 1951 on the basis of this in Kobe City (1951), which opened the “City Kobe Museum”. Then, after the renamed to the “Kobe City barbarian Museum” in 1965 (1965), but played a role as a center of Nanban art in Kobe City over the years, 1982 (1982), Kobe City Museum It was integrated and closed. The building of the former Namba Art Museum is used as a Kobe City Archives Museum.

1935 (1935) neo-classical style, which was completed in the building, the old Mitsubishi Bank head office and Marunouchi Building old building, such as the architect Kotaro Sakurai last work that worked, built as the Yokohama Specie Bank Kobe branch, after the war Was used as the Tokyo Bank Kobe branch of the future. It was owned by Kobe City following the relocation of the Kobe Branch to the former police station site. When diverting from Kobe municipal archaeological museum to the Kobe municipal museum a large scale expansion was done in 1982 (Showa 57), but it is registered as a registered tangible cultural asset of the country.

Main collections:
The museum combines two collections, the Municipal Archaeological Art Museum and Municipal Namban Art Museum. The museum is housed in a neoclassical building built in 1935, the former Kobe branch of the Yokohama Specie Bank. The collection of nearly thirty-nine thousand items comprises archaeological artifacts, works of art, old maps, and historical documents and artifacts relating to Kobe. It includes an important collection of Namban art (the former Hajime Ikenaga Collection), as well as a set of dōtaku and other items of the Yayoi period from excavations at Sakuragaoka that have been designated a National Treasure.

The Kobe City Museum owns nearly 70,000 objects,including a National Treasure comprising 21 items and six important Cultural Assets comprising 74 items. They are divided into the following general categories: archaeological artifacts, including bronze bells and bronze halberds unearthed at Sakuragaoka; nearly 7,000 objects of art, including color woodcut prints from the late 19th century and a Namban-style works, including “Equestrian Kings of Europe”collected by Hajime Ikenaga and “Portrait of Saint Francis Xavier”;nearly 8,000 old maps and geographical materials collected by Matsutaro Namba and Takejiro Akioka, among which are many maps produced in Japan and abroad, such as the “Small Map of Japan by (Tadataka) Ino” and “Japan Atlas Byobu”; and historical documents and artifacts regarding Kobe. Some objects of art and old maps can be displayed for only a limited time due to reasons connected with the preservation.

National treasure
Excavated from Sakuragaoka Town Copper bowl · copper bowl (please)
(Formally of the national treasure name designated “Kesa Tasukibun bronze bell-shaped vessel (both sides standing image) two-necked, Kesa Tasukibun bronze bell-shaped vessel 8 neck, the bronze bell-shaped vessel 1-neck, running water statement bronze bell-shaped vessel 3-neck, whether 7-neck (Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture Nada-ku Sakuragaoka-cho, excavated Two of the copper rice (Sakuragaoka No. 4 and No. 5 copper bowl) are “painting copper cloth” which cast the image on the surface.
Important cultural property (designated by the country)
Kim Tae Wang Mao Mao figure by paper book One figure four folding screen
Paper books color Four cities map · world map 8 songs folding screen shu
Paper Cash Machine Authorized Color Nanban Person Emigrant Diagram (Namba folding screen) Kano Inuzushi brush six pieces of folding screen shuffle
The color of Odo Nobunaga Oda
Kimura Shichisato Hama Figure Kamakura Shichiri Hama Figure Shiba Jiangxi two-piece folding screen (originally Ema) Kanbun 8 Years (1796)
Paper Book by Color Francisco Xavier Statue
Other cultural properties / art objects
Two Western Samurai figure, Master’s father 2 daughter figure (important art piece)
Trans-Fukuoka prefecture Mizuka excavated relics (important art goods)
Rodin “Jean de Fianne (from the citizens of Calais)” (1836)
“Biodro Collection” – The largest glass crafts collection in Japan, both in quality and quantity. Donated by Dr. Junji Tanahashi, the leading researcher of glass research in the Edo period.