Serizawa Keisuke/芹沢桂介 was born in Shizuoka City in 1895. In 1956 he was certified as a Living National Treasure (Official title for an intangible Cultural Property Holder) on KATAEZOME dying works.
The City of Shizuoka completed the Keisuke Serizawa Art Gallery of Shizuoka City in 1981 3 years before the artist left this world.
Serizawa Keisuke was only a genius artist but an unbelievable collector of folk art. The Museum can show only one tenth of its whole collection at a time. I visited it yesterday again and found some interesting relations between gastronomy and art among his creations and collection!
The Japanese have always loved their crabs!
For a closer view!
Now, what is printed on this Edo Period noren (Shop entrance curtain)?
Isei ebi/伊勢海老/spiny lobster! Which just that the Japanese had appreciated it a long time before some other parts of the world!
Food and Spices in an Okinawan market of old!
It looks like a kirie/きりえ/japanese cut paper Art!
A stylized view of a dining room!
Again from Okinawa!
What were these Edo Period boxes used for!
The staff explained me these boxes were used to carry along the whole sake drinking set!
Enormous sake tokkuri/酒徳利/sake flasks!
What were all this lacquer ware from the Tohoku Region dating back to the Edo Period for?
This utensil was used to pour sake to very thirsty guests!
Hip flask to carry along water or sake!
Box to preserve ground chili pepper! The Japanese had been using growing the fiery condiment for quite some time!
Looking forward to the next exhibition!
Serizawa Art Gallery of Shizuoka City
Shizuoka Shi, Suruga Ku, Toro, 5-10-15
Opening hours: 9:00~16:00
Closed on Mondays (except National Holidays)
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