I have little to add to the previous great review on this manor near Shinobazu Pond in Ueno. I would have to say that there is really little to see apart from the Condor designed building itself, as the garden is reduced to only a tiny part of the original, most of what was in the building was confiscated by the GHQ after war, and most of the Japanese quarter was destroyed during the years. The view from the terrace is blocked by ugly old concrete buildings that occupy parts of the former Iwasaki family property. It is great that they saved this interesting decorated manor, and hopefully the Tokyo Metropolitan Government revise the area and use it for better purposes (as this property is a relatively new acquisition). Perhaps cooperate with Mitsubishi and place some artifacts of their corporate museums that are not permanently exhibited? At least they could have more description and items on industrialization of Japan? Also, the lawn should be more properly looked after, as they do collect admission charge of 400 yen.
It is a nice visit overall, if done together with the house of Yokoyama Taikan by the Shinobazu Pond. Taikan was a master of Nihonga (Japanese style neo-classical painting), which displays a small part of his collection in rotation. Also, the museums in Ueno Park shouldn't be missed.
Instead of wasting money on totally new glass and steel buildings like the museum in Roppongi (which doesn't house a permanent collection!!), Tokyo Metropolitan Government should acquire land next to these important cultural/historical heritages and build a proper specialized institution. People with rather shallow understanding of art and culture are in administrative position, which is very sad.
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