Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery

Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery

Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery
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SilverTeaPot
By SilverTeaPot
The place is like a huge gallery purpose-built for Instagram.
5.0 of 5 bubblesJan 2019
Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is like no other picture gallery that I’ve been too. What made it special? Before visiting, I’d never heard of the gallery. We seemed to stumble upon it after, visiting the Japan 2020 Olympics stadium ion the making, and wandered around the car park until we found the entrance and ventured inside. I checked on Trip Advisor, and it's currently listed as the 49th of 397 things to do in Shinjuku. That astonishes me! That there could be 48 other better things to do in Shinjuku… I find everything about this gallery fascinating. Let me share with you what the brochure says about the gallery. Gaien was constructed with donation collected by an organisation of individual supporters formed to remember the virtues of the Imperial couple all through the ages. <This place is huge. The donations collected must have been a massive effort> It was completed on Oct 22, 1926, and donated to Meiji Jingu Gaien. The outer garden covers an area of 330 000 square metres. Sports facilities around the venue include baseball, golf driving range, softball, footsul, tennis, and an ice-skating rink. So the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is in the centre of The Outer Garden, or this huge park, which I guess is why we found it after visiting the Olympics venue. Still so many interesting things about this gallery… The gallery depicts the events from birth to the demise of the Meiji Emperor in chronological order. There are exactly 80- images. Every image steps you through the timeline. Fortunately, there was a detailed English translation, it was not perfect, but you got the jist of what was happening. The first 40 works are Japanese style paintings, while the later 40 works are Western-style works. I find it fascinating that they went with one style and then swapped to another style, and opted for a Western-style – why? What does this mean? Now here is the thing I found most interesting. Each painting is 3 m * 2.7 metres, almost a square. The place is like a huge gallery purpose-built for Instagram. Every image practically is a perfect Instagram image. Obviously, it was designed and built many years before Insta, but it was so perfect, this OLD gallery, on such NEW technology. All the images are done by different artists, and they entered a competition, there were 156 entries, and from that, the 80 works in the gallery were chosen. “Meiji” is the name of the era (1868 to 1912) in which Emperor Meiji ruled. Emperor Meiji (1852 – 1912) is the 122nd emperor of Japan, the great grandfather of the current Emperor. His wife was Empress Shoken (1850 – 1914)

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Neighbourhood: Akasaka / Roppongi
Not so long ago the Akasaka and Roppongi areas were famous for their nightlife, high-class restaurants, bars and clubs. More recently, with the opening of Roppongi Hills, Tokyo Midtown and Akasaka Sacas, the area has declared itself as the most fashionable spot to be seen. The area also hosts the National Art Center and the Mori Art Museum and lots of trendy art galleries.
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justin576
Mumbai, India29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Family
Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is a fascinating place to visit if one is Interested in Tokyo if one is Interested in some ancient Japanese history. This gallery consists of about 80 paintings depicting real events from the life of Emperor Meiji. My favorite was the Birth of Emperor Meiji which had some beautiful textures on it. A must visit for Art Fanatics
Written 1 April 2016
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SilverTeaPot
Brisbane, Australia68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Couples
Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is like no other picture gallery that I’ve been too.
What made it special?
Before visiting, I’d never heard of the gallery. We seemed to stumble upon it after, visiting the Japan 2020 Olympics stadium ion the making, and wandered around the car park until we found the entrance and ventured inside.
I checked on Trip Advisor, and it's currently listed as the 49th of 397 things to do in Shinjuku. That astonishes me! That there could be 48 other better things to do in Shinjuku…
I find everything about this gallery fascinating.
Let me share with you what the brochure says about the gallery.
Gaien was constructed with donation collected by an organisation of individual supporters formed to remember the virtues of the Imperial couple all through the ages.
It was completed on Oct 22, 1926, and donated to Meiji Jingu Gaien. The outer garden covers an area of 330 000 square metres. Sports facilities around the venue include baseball, golf driving range, softball, footsul, tennis, and an ice-skating rink.
So the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery is in the centre of The Outer Garden, or this huge park, which I guess is why we found it after visiting the Olympics venue.
Still so many interesting things about this gallery…
The gallery depicts the events from birth to the demise of the Meiji Emperor in chronological order. There are exactly 80- images. Every image steps you through the timeline. Fortunately, there was a detailed English translation, it was not perfect, but you got the jist of what was happening.
The first 40 works are Japanese style paintings, while the later 40 works are Western-style works. I find it fascinating that they went with one style and then swapped to another style, and opted for a Western-style – why? What does this mean?
Now here is the thing I found most interesting. Each painting is 3 m * 2.7 metres, almost a square. The place is like a huge gallery purpose-built for Instagram. Every image practically is a perfect Instagram image. Obviously, it was designed and built many years before Insta, but it was so perfect, this OLD gallery, on such NEW technology.

All the images are done by different artists, and they entered a competition, there were 156 entries, and from that, the 80 works in the gallery were chosen.
“Meiji” is the name of the era (1868 to 1912) in which Emperor Meiji ruled. Emperor Meiji (1852 – 1912) is the 122nd emperor of Japan, the great grandfather of the current Emperor. His wife was Empress Shoken (1850 – 1914)
Written 10 March 2019
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Ngocolat
Melbourne, FL4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Friends
We stumbled upon this gallery as we were walking around and I'm glad we did! A great insight into the Meiji era with the gallery showcasing a timeline of paintings by various Japanese artists. I am a visual person so it was great to see history in picture form. For not much of a fee and for a good historical lesson, drop by if you are in the area!
Written 10 August 2014
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motohachi
North Vancouver, BC, Canada154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Incredible historic large scale 80 paintings. I was born and lived in Japan until early 1990's, but I never knew about this place. So are my friends who still live there. If you like modern Japanese history, this is a MUST destination.
Written 12 October 2017
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hirosandeh
Tokyo, Japan68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
JINGU GAIEN is mostly covered with sports complexes eg. National Stadium (being rebuilt), baseball, rugby, jogging track, etc. This is the only museum type place in the area. The building was constructed in early 19th century to display pictures showing achievement of Meiji Emperor (1852-1912) and the empress. Both the pictures as well as the building are quite impressive. It is a pleasant walk starting from JR Shinanomachi Sta., visit the Picture Gallery, then continue on to Aoyama Sreet.
Written 27 October 2016
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IZ_Zardai
Tokyo, Japan154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Solo
The museum is by the Meiji Gaien Nikoniko Park. It is a very short walk from Shinanomachi, or a 10 minute walk through the park from Aoyama-Ichome. Entrance is 500yen. The building and collection date from the early 20th century: they commemorate the rule of the Meiji Emperor. The collection consists of 80 paintings that depict the highlight of his coming into power and his long rule, as well as the deeds of the empress and their life together. 40 paintings were prepared in traditional Japanese style and 40 in 'Western' (mainly similar to 19th century academic style). The paintings are of high quality in general with some outstanding ones. They are all very large and accompanied with explanations in Japanese and English. It is a very nice walk through the formative period of modern Japan. The museum presents things as people saw them in the 1920s, when the leadership of Japan was still working on expanding their empire. The incorporation of Taiwan and Korea were seen as good things. Don't start blaming current Japanese for this. The museum is preserved as it was prepared: it is as well as memorial to the age and lookout of that age as of the Meiji period.
A touching additional element is the preserved horse of the Emperor.
Written 12 March 2018
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John P
Melbourne, Australia1,166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2017 • Friends
Somewhat off the map of Tokyo's museums this art gallery was a pleasant surprise and captured the sense of Japan's modernisation in the nineteenth century. Not all of the paintings are first rate but the stories they tell are fascinating and gave me insights I did not have previously.
Written 4 November 2017
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Juliez46
Northern Vriginia125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
This museum tells the story of the Meiji's life through a series of 80 oil paintings with good English translations. We thought this Museum was more enlightening about the Meiji period than the main history museum. One has to read between the lines however to realize that the Meiji was a war mongerer who subjugated Korea and a substantial swath of China.
Written 23 October 2016
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runinm
Sydney, Australia55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2016 • Couples
This stunning gallery tells the story of the Meiji period and why it is so important to modern Japanese history. It explains the impact of the emperor as he drove this change. Once you understand this information, you can understand why the country has so much respect for this Emperor and why the Meiji shrine ws built.
Written 12 October 2016
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Jennifer L
Sydney, Australia309 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2015 • Friends
The picture gallery uses painting to tell the history of Japan from 1868 - 1912. This period is known as the Meiji era as it was ruled by Emperor Meiji who ruled during a time of great change as he encouraged the westernization of Japan and contact with the other countries.

It is a very impressive gallery that was purpose build and the paintings are by renown Japanese artists.

The gallery is set in garden like grounds and other gardens are an easy walk from the gallery when you have finish looking at the art work. These are know as the inner and outer gardens but they have been splintered away from the gallery by roads and other development.

This was a pleasant place to spends few hours and to learn something of Japanese history and culture.
Written 19 May 2015
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