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Enjoy French Decor at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is an important Japanese cultural landmark and an architectural fusion of the Japanese and French design and architecture. A must-see place while visiting Tokyo, Japan.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is an important heritage site to Japan, not only because of its majestic beauty, but because it is a proof of superb Japanese structural art and designs as a result of the Japanese people who has been inspired by other culture. Adopted and blend the traditional Japanese craftsmanship that opens the mindset of the people in creating a whole new world of art and perspectives.

 

Fusion of French and Japanese Designs

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Photo Credit: Tanaka Juuyoh@flickr.com

If you love French architectural designs particularly Art Deco, which became popular in France before the start of the first World War, be sure not to miss the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum on your next visit to Tokyo, Japan. Built in 1933, it was Japan’s French architectural inspired museum. It was in 1922 when Prince Asaka Yasuhiko stayed in France to study military affairs at the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr. He became obsessed with Art Deco designs by the French which flourished all over Europe since the end of the 19th century. It was during Prince Asaka’s stay that the art experienced its glorious golden era that spread not only in Europe but in other places across the globe. But, it was also during that period, that the prince suffered a leg injury in an automobile accident that led him to remain in France with his wife, Princess Nobuko until 1925.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Photo Credit: Tanaka Juuyoh@flickr.com

Upon his return in Japan, he immediately commissioned French contemporary art designer Henri Rapin to do the interiors of the principal rooms and Japanese Gondo Yukichi as head architect of the building. Yukichi then was a staff from the works bureau of the Imperial Household Ministry. He was into studying modern architecture designs during those times and was trained by renowned European modern designers and architects. Prince Asaka assigned him to build his private residence and family retreat house based on the prince’s inspiration of the Art Deco design in France. The main building and the principal rooms were the former residence of Prince Asaka and his family. The design and art embodied in this fine architectural building was out of the impressive creation rendered through by Japanese craftsmanship infused by the popular art from France, one of Japan’s often missed creative talent that initiated during the Showa period.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Photo Credit: Tanaka Juuyoh@flickr.com

Due to the combined superior craftsmanship and designs as well as the passion and dedication of the prince and princess in building a legacy they wanted to leave behind to the Japanese people, the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum have become a national landmark that both local and international tourists must see to appreciate. It was noteworthy to mention that almost every part of the structure was the same design and materials as it was originally built and have already withstood the test of time. In fact, visitors could notice the facades of Japan’s Teien Art Museum have that very striking resemblance on the manner they were designed from actual Art Deco buildings found in France.

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum
Photo Credit: Tanaka Juuyoh@flickr.com

The museum have served to remind visitors especially Japanese nationals that cultural advancement has been achieved and enjoyed by the Japanese even during the early part of the Showa period. Though French inspired, visitors at the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum can still find and admire that distinct traditional Japanese through the very modest Japanese garden and tea house found within the complex. Walking inside the complex ground was the best way to experience the museum. The pathway was shaded by large cherry blossom trees which were haven for the birds. Enjoy the sight and listening to tweeting birds as you trek along. Just be mindful of some naughty birdies dropping off white matters as you enjoy hearing their chirping!

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Admission is free for a disabled, physically or mentally challenged visitor along with their companion. Wheelchairs are available for the handicap, elders and incapacitated. Admission is free for attending grade and middle school students as well as the young children residents of Tokyo. Fees during exhibition varies as per exhibition posters and ads. Group discounts are available.
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Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

Address: 5-21-9 Shirokanedai, Minato Ward, Tokyo

Access: 7 minute walk from Meguro Station

Hours: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
*Closed every second and fourth Wednesday and National Holidays

Admission Fee:
100 yen (Adult)
80 yen (Student)
50 yen (Junior)

Phone: 03-3443-0201

Website: Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum

 

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