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“Cozy museum for historical art lovers!”

Ota Memorial Museum of Art
Ranked #4 of 289 things to do in Shibuya
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Owner description: This small museum houses a collection of woodblock prints from noted artist Ota Seizo.
Reviewed 14 February 2018

The exhibition is selected monthly from their over14,000 collection of “ukiyo-e”. You can sit down on tatami and enjoy Japanese art quietly. All explanation is in Japanese and in English. Tiny “Zen” garden behind the stairs is cute. Recommend for solo-travelers or couples. No photos taken.

Thank Eiko88
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

Compact, unique art museum. Beautiful collection which I understand changes frequently. You can easily see this in 1 hour, and it makes a nice break from the Harajuku shopping district which is a 3-5 minute walk. Staff spoke minimal English, but most of the art had English explanations. (Went with my 17 y/o daughter, who just finished a 5 month exchange program and reads/speaks Japanese decently. Several of the images didn't have English information and she thought it was funny that anything that might be considered insulting to foreigners wasn't subtitled in English.)

1  Thank Candy S
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Reviewed 20 December 2017 via mobile

Went to see a specific painting but when we were there it wasn’t. Not very big so didn’t take long to get round.

Thank Kirsten M
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

So fortunate to time our visit with a special exhibition of all 46 prints of Hokusai's 36 Views of Mount Fuji. It's a small, compact museum over 2 floors and the exhibition was really well laid out & with useful descriptions in English explaining the themes of arrangement. We felt very privileged to see Hokusai's chief work in one display.

We visited on a weekday close to lunchtime so it wasn't too crowded but understandably it was busy. Lovely neighbourhood to wander around afterwards & cute shop in the basement.

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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

We visited during an exhibition called " 100 views of the Moon." The ukiyoe were on display on three floors, but each floor was relatively small, so unless you lingered long, you could enjoy your visit in an hour or so. Nicely curated, signs in both Japanese and English. It is an amazing art form, and we also enjoyed their display explaining how the woodblock prints Are made.

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