Wood Block prints depicting old stations along the Tenhama Railway Line.
Mariko in Shizuoka City is a real haven for art lovers. Not only it is full of ateliers and artists, it also harbors a very cute museum simply called “Chiisana Bijutsukan/小さな美術館/Snmall Art Museum” that is worth more than a visit regardless of its size for its design and little treasures!
The building, founded in 2003, and the entrance are very modern if artistic in approach and you are in for a surprise once you have passed the entrance door!
But before entering take some time to admire the fountain and minuscule garden design!
Why is it almost at the far end of the building?
As soon as you have passed the door you have to take a 90-degree turn into a narrow hall which runs all the way down along the facade wall!
Looking back, you will find the entrance on the left at the top the picture.
But you are not walking blind as low windows will allow a peek inside!
Once inside you will find yourself in a long narrow room with white walls decorated with wood block prints by Kuniji Sone/曽根邦治さん, the artist who owns the Museum!
The entrance is free, but whatever the time you visit you will be invited to the far end alcove where you will be graciously served Shizuoka green tea!
Take your time, a seat and some delicious tea while the lady who helps the artist welcome visitors will talk about the Museum and Artist Kuniji Sone as long as you wish!
And while you drink your tea enjoy the view and peace of the hidden garden!
The Musuem also holds exhibitions and sales by various artists on a regular schedule so have a good look!
I actually bought one of the exquisite dishes placed on the left top extremity of the table!
A little Museum, yes, but packed with loveliness and art!
A beautiful array of tenugui/手ぬぐい/hand cloth!
I really wanted to buy this sake-drinking goblin (next time)!
Exquisite dyed cloth bags!
Kuinji Sone at work!
Kuniji Sone was born in Fujieda City, Shizuoka Prefecture in 1928 but really started exhibiting his wood block prints at the age of 67!
Even now, at the grand age of 84, he still works every day on new designs!
The walls are ornamented with his works of different sizes, all for sale at a range of prices to agree with any budget!
Kuniji Sone has traveled and still travel extensively, and his prints not only represent scenes in Shizuoka Prefecture but also those found all over Japan and the World!
Do take your time and enjoy the prints. You might even find your own country or land there!
Let me show you only a few I have chosen. It should entice you to see them all!
Railway stations along the Tenhama Railway Line in Western Shizuoka where 12 stations have been awarded the title of Shizuoka Prefecture Protected Historical and Cultural Assets!
Mount Fuji and tea fields from Yamanashi Prefecture!
Garden pond in Vietnam!
Note it on your schedule next time you visit Shizuoka City!
Kujian Atelier & Gallery/Chiisana Bijutsukan/Small Museum
Shizuoka City, Suruga Ku, Mariko, Izumigaya, 3315-9
Opening hours: 10:30~17:00
Closed on Wednesdays and End of the Year Holidays
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