Modern tea ceremony of Yukichi Shimonemon, Sagawa Art Museum

It consists of two underground exhibition rooms buried in an unusual water garden as a museum, and a tea room built as if floating in a water garden, based on the concept of Keikyu Fumonemon “Shurari”. Mr. Yukichi Shimonemon (樂吉左衞門) himself was designed and supervised to express the tradition of the musician and innovative artistic beauty. Mainly exhibited works such as baked pure black bowl, black raven bowl, tea ceremony, water finger etc which was pottery since 2000.

As for the tea room which is attached to the Yekyotoba Gate pavilion, the designer himself made a design design as well as the Okichi Left Bank Gallery. The artist directs his work and the tea ceremony space

Yukichi Hidari mamoru-mon (樂吉左衞門)
Born in Kyoto City, Showa 24, a ceramic artist. Fifteenth generation of Japanese unique ceramics · Rakuyi family. A member of the International Ceramics Academy.

After graduating from the Department of Sculpture at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts in 1954, he went to Italy and studied Italy.

Since the first Masayoshiro who created a bowl of tea ceremony during the Momoyama period, as a franchisee fifteen generous owner who takes over 400 years of history and tradition, as the main entrance to the fairytale fifteen generations, it is a formless beauty that constantly shows a novel sense It continues to express the world.

Sen no Rikyu’s “Defend the Regular Writing Procedure and Break It Even If You Break It Do not Book So Very Books”

Main work
In the Momoyama period, Rakuyaki began with the first generation Shojiro shaping a tea bowl that is ideal for the tea ceremony, Sen no Rikyu, the tea ceremony, and counts the fifteen generations. Rakuya is a prestigious family keenly preserving the tradition of over 400 years as a tea bowl maker in Senju Ten employment who is responsible for the creation of favorite tea ceremony, Sanseike (Uesenke, Uchisenjin, Musharagoji Senju).

Among them, Mr. Yoshinobu Gomon of the era expresses formative beauty showing a novel sense while standing on tradition, and has earned high praise at home and abroad.

The world of Rakugo transforming while disclosing the spirit rooted in the normality of tradition and defeating that norm and intense creativity is exactly “defense breaking” itself.

The hotel is always an art museum where you can watch the progressive form of Yukichi Leonmoon work.

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Tea room
The hotel’s tea room consists of a booth to be submerged and a hall floating in the water. The height of the floor of the hall is considered to keep the same level as possible with the water surface of the water garden. “Sitting at the same height as the water surface, people are at the same level as nature, we must live with our eyes” Such thoughts are put in it.

Go through the corridor from the entrance of the Sagawa Art Museum and go down the stairs to be invited under the water of the water garden.

Water land
Proceeding from the donation to the water exposed ground, it is a space surrounded by the cylindrical concrete wall, shallow water is stretched also at the feet, and it is a taste to wait for the seat entering while seeing the round cut heaven. The stones used for the stepping stones are still alive by using the arrows inserted in Zimbabwe in Africa and breaking them apart.

Of the two tea rooms, a booth of 3 tatami mats “Boardaman” is under the water garden. Ceiling using soot bamboo of dismantled old private house, pillar column using old material of Bali, wall inside the tea room which stretched Echizen Washi, concrete wall of framework …… The setting utilizing each material is unusual It is a closed space. External light taken from the four skylights on the slit and ceiling of the concrete wall reflects the shadow of fantastic light and aims to produce the light in the booth.

Contrary to the booth, the ground hall “elevation elevation” (between 8 tatami + sheath) is an open space spreading the water garden planted with Yoshi and Himegama in front of the eyes. The glass doors that make up the walls are designed to be wide open so that you can feel the wind through the water as it is.

Sagawa Art Museum

At the Sagawa Art Museum, the work of Japanese painter Ikuo Hirayama, representative of Japan, sculptor, Professor Tadayoshi Sato, Professor Potter and Yukichi Left Beomon are collected and permanently exhibited works in the exhibition space supervised by each writer We are. Please enjoy the rare art museum where you can appreciate the three masters at once.

The Sagawa Art Museum was opened in March 1998 at the site of Omi Moriyama, surrounded by beautiful nature wishing for Lake Biwa, as part of the founding parent Sagawa Express Co., Ltd., as part of its 40th anniversary commemoration project. Mr. Ikuo Hirayama of the Japanese painter, Mr. Tadaharu Sato of the sculptor and Mr. Shiomon Gemokon of the pottery artwork and mainly contributed to the promotion and development of art and culture through various cultural projects I hope. I am aiming for an art museum opened to the world including the community in search of encounter.

Sagawa Art Museum located in the scenic landscape, looking up to Mount Hiei / Hira mountain in the distance and viewing Lake Biwa in front of you.

The three buildings nestling in the water garden occupying the majority of the site show various expressions in the relaxation of the four seasons. The architectural beauty that was also considered for harmony with natural beauty has received high praise in many directions.