Artists of the Tokamchi Stone Sculpture Promenade 2018

co-located exhibition:

The Change of the Japanese sword 2

June 8,2018(fri)-July 22,2018(sun)

Hours 9:30-17:00
(Last Admission at 16:30)
Closed ・Tuesdays, and at times when changes are being made to exhibitions.
(When a national holiday falls on a Tuesday,the museum is closed the following day.)

・Winter period (December 1- March 31)

Admission
Fees
・Adults (including high school students): 500 (450) yen
・Junior high/elementary school students: 200 (150) yen
・Preschool child: free
※( ) indicate prices for those in groups of 20 or more people.

Access


Hoshi to Mori no Uta Museum

1099-1 Inaba, Tokamachi-shi, Niigata, 948-0101, Japan

  By Car

From the Niigata City area: 25 min via R117 after coming off the Kanetsu Expressway at the Echigo-Kawaguchi I.C.

From the Kanto area: 35 min via R253 after coming off the Kanetsu Expressway at the Muikamachi I.C.

From the Hokuriku area: 50 min via R252 after coming off the Hokuriku Expressway at the Kashiwazaki I.C.
From the Hokuriku area: 70 min via R253 after coming off the Hokuriku Expressway at the Joetsu I.C.

  By Public Transport

JR Iiyama Line/Hokuhoku Line : 10 min by car from Tokamachi Station.

Minami-Echigo Kanko Bus : 15 min by bus and 8 min’ walk from Tokamachi Station. Please get off at the Yoshida-Nokyo-Mae bus stop, using the bus going to Hachi through Koizumi.

Outline


The Hoshi to Mori no Uta Museum was opened by Maruyama-Komusho Co. Ltd, in October, 1996. The museum primarily exhibits works from artists who have a connection to our native district.

The name “Hoshi to Mori no Uta” comes from the works of three artists whose works have became the core of the museum’s collection: Joichi Hoshi’s woodblock print, “Hoshi no Mori (Forest of the Stars)”; Akitsugu Amata’s sword, “Shichisei-Ken (Sword of the Big Dipper)”; and Hidemasa Fujimaki’s sculpture, “Mori no Uta (Poetry of the Forest)”. We put these together as “Hoshi to Mori no Uta” Museum. (“Hoshi to Mori no Uta” translates to “Poetry of the Stars and Forest” in English.)

There are exhibits both inside the museum and on its groups. We hope you may spend a leisurely time here.


Joichi Hoshi "Hoshi no mori" 1970

Akitsugu Amata "Shichisei-Ken" 1995

Hidemasa Fujimaki "Mori no Uta" 1990
  Artists

Joichi Hoshi

 Joishi HOSHI (1913-79)

Joichi Hoshi was a renowned woodblock artist. He made his works on the theme of stars (“Hoshi” means “star” in Japanese) and trees, and he gained the name “the woodblock artist of the trees”.

In Tokamachi City, he was involved in the design of “Snoria” (Crafts by synthetic resins) between 1959 and 1967, and the production of “Shioze Obi” woodcut prints in 1965.


Akitsugu Amata

 Akitsugu AMATA (1927-2013)

Akitsugu Amata was a Japanese swordsmith named as a Living National Treasure of Japan in 1997.

He crafted swords in the late Kamakura period style; the period considered to be the height of Japanese sword craftsmanship. After years of development on his own-brand of steel, he perfected “Amata-Jigane”, which is said to invoke images of the clear autumn night sky.


Hidemasa Fujimaki

 Hidemasa FUJIMAKI (1937-)

Hidemasa Fujimaki’s sculptures are found throughout Tokamachi City.

Many of his works express a coexistence between humans and nature, or are created as a hymn for nature. They use familiar figures of children and animals, and are filled with the laughter of children and sounds of nature.

Information


  Open Hours

9:30-17:00 (Last Admission at 16:30)

※The museum’s coffee shop closes at 16:00.

  Closed Days

Tuesdays, and at times when changes are being made to exhibitions. (When a national holiday falls on a Tuesday, the museum is closed the following day.)

Winter period: December 1- March 31

※Please note there is no permanent exhibition at the museum.

  Admission Fees

Adults (including high school students): 500 (450) yen
Junior high/elementary school students: 200 (150) yen
Preschool child: free

※( ) indicate prices for those in groups of 20 or more people.

※Holders of valid disability identification receive a 100 yen discount.

※The combination of these discount is not possible.

※Special exhibitions may require a separate admission fee.

Facilities


  Barrier-free Access

・Wheelchair rental (1 set available)

・Multipurpose restroom

※Visitors with physical disability may park their car on the road in front of the museum.

※There is a small slope at the entrance of the museum. If you need assistance, please contact the museum.

  Sculpture Promenade

promenade promenade

The path from the car parking to the museum is lined with the sculptures of Hidemasa Fujimaki.

  Coffee Shop

The coffee shop opens from 9:30 until 16:00.
※Only drinks are served.

lounge terrace

  Museum Shop

The museum shop sells original museum goods such as postcards and plastic sleeves.

  Group Admissions

Groups should contact us with the date of their visit and group size ahead of time.
※We offer a 50 yen discount per person on admission for groups of 20 or more.
※We are only able to accept payment in cash. (Cards and coupons cannot be used for payment.)
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