Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art, Nasu-gun, Japan

The Nakagawa-machi Bato Hiroshige Museum of Art (那珂川町馬頭広重美術館) opened in November 200 to introduce the Aoki Collection(which was donated to the town) to the public, and to promote culture and the arts at the local level. Byscheduling exhibits on a variety of themes centering on ukiyo-eart, the museum aims to provide visitors with new discoveries on each and every visit. The building is the design of Kuma Kengo, who conceptualized a place “which expresses the artistry and tradition of Hiroshige by means of a traditional, yet subdued exterior.” With its gabled roof, the roomy, single-story building merges into Nakagawa’s rich, natural surroundings.

A museum dedicated to the works of Hiroshige Utagawa, an Ukiyo-e artist of the Edo period. You can get a glimpse of Japanese culture of the 19th century through his original drawings and Hanga (woodblock prints). The entire museum is made of local cedar and washi (handcrafted paper) designed by the global architect, Kengo Kuma, with a concept of “the traditional and serene appearance that expresses the artistry and tradition of Hiroshige”. Many visitors also come here to study design.

The museum set up this exhibition at the core of this Aoki collection as a core cultural facility of the town and a wide cultural facility leading to the revitalization of the Yatsu area.

We are aiming to create a network that will enhance the cultural activities of local residents and facilitate smooth interaction with other museums and overseas.

Buildings designed by Mr. Kengo Kuma are concepts “Traditional and calm appearance expressing Hiroshige’s art and tradition”, so that it will blend in with the natural scenery of the Nakagawa Town, a large gable in a spacious plain building We adopted a roof.

The entire museum is wrapped in a grid (louver) made of local Yatsuoki cedar and shows various expressions by the light moving with time. We use local materials for the interior, the wall is made of Ashino stone from Karasu Japanese paper floor.

Ukiyoe painter who greatly influenced Impressionists, Museum that displays works by Hiroki Utagawa. I thought about building a unique space composition he created in woodblock prints. As an overlap of layers, he attempted to express a three dimensional space. It is a contrasting method to the three-dimensional space using perspectives in Western painting, and this transparent layer method had a great influence on Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture as well. I thought to build this superimposition method using a wooden louver made with cedar wood which is a local special product. This cedar material can also be used as a roofing material by incombustible treatment and antiseptic treatment, cutting the sun’s light by the louver, and by having a unique cross-sectional shape with a long eaves, high environmental performance I was able to earn. In addition to cedar wood, local stone materials, washi paper made by local craftsmen are used frequently to revitalize the local economy, and local circulation independent of Tokyo that existed before the industrialized society and regions I attempted to regenerate the community.

From the bereaved families of Mr. Fujosaku Aoki who was affected by the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake in January 1995, the offer to donate collection mainly of Utagawa Hiroshige’s paintings was in Masakamachi (now Nakagawa Town) It was about April 8 th.

Mr. Fumiaki Aoki was born in Matsuda village Narita (present Sakura City) Shiotani-gun, Tochigi prefecture in Meiji 3, while working in a fertilizer shop in Sakuyama, Famie and Nishinasuno, succeeding as a businessman, while Hiroshige’s painting picture I am a person who gathered artworks including prints and prints.

The bereaved families were hoping to donate the collection to the place where they collect and display the collection at once.