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“Great cultural insight”

The Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum
Ranked #9 of 211 things to do in Takamatsu
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Reviewed 9 October 2013

This was a great afternoon which we managed to arrange the day before so a bit last minute.

The group was broken up into two, Japanese and non Japanese which gave us hope that it was going to be in English. Unfortunately not, despite the guide answering individual questions in English, all information was provided in Japanese.

I did my best to translate for everyone what I could but it did not detract from the amazing work on display and the beautiful setting. Just to see inside his house and the incredible wood he lived around was worth it.

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Reviewed 7 February 2013

Noguchi museum (see website) is open on appointment some days in the week. Staff is helpfull and efficient, the answer came throuh e mail quite quickly.
The travel on the Kotoden line is already an immersion in the Japanese world The Museum is easy to find going on foot for about 1 km on the main road from the station. The other way is a taxi and probably the safest, not to get lost as far as all informations are in Japanese.
Going on foot helps to understand why Noguchi decided to settle there : stone works and sculptures are scattered along the road not far from the granitic mountains surronding the place.
The houses and the garden are a pure delight, out of time in peaceful settings. The barn (an old sake factory) is well maintained and protects some majors works. The guided visit (no photo) is an enlightment and helps to understand some of the works, mostly unfinished and left in the garden.
When you leave, the gardeners just broom your trace and the place remains immaculate...

6  Thank louisairelle
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Reviewed 11 August 2012

This museum takes considerable time, effort, and money to reach in order to have a one-hour window of observation amidst a large group of talkative tourists arriving by bus, etc. 2100 yen admission fee, a 480 yen bus ride from Takamatsu station, and the time and cost of reaching Takamatsu itself. Photos are not allowed, and the catalog on sale with photos of the space is 4700 yen. There were a few comments made by the guide (in Japanese only) but it was not really a tour. The house cannot be entered. The stone "museums" (shops, in actuality) in proximity to the Isamu Noguchi Museum are best avoided.

5  Thank nashinashi
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Reviewed 27 November 2011

When I first had an exhibition in Japan in 1998, and was there for a month, I had to spend most of my time in Tokyo, and didn't get further south than Kyoto, but very much wanted to make a pilgrimage to the island of pilgrimages, Shikoku, to visit the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum and pay homage to this great master. Fortunately I had the opportunity to go back to Japan for another month in 2003, and made it to Shikoku, to Takamatsu, and to Noguchi's sculpture garden. You need to go on-line to the Noguchi website and book a timed tour in advance, and I recommend booking at least two one hour tours, if not three, as one hour at the site is not enough, especially when you have to travel so far to see it. I stayed most of an afternoon, and only left when they kicked me out. You can get a wealth of information from the Noguchi website, so no need to repeat that here. For an artist, the richness is in seeing so many of Noguchi's major completed and monumental sculptures, but best of all, to see the dozens of sculptures in process left unfinished when he died. To see the chalk marks on stone where a cut was planned, to see the shaping of the work, to see unpolished surfaces next to polished, is to have access to Noguchi's creative process itself. Wonderful. Of course you also get to see his studios and workshops, the ancient and traditional house he had moved from the south of the island. I was also lucky to have a Japanese guide while in Takamatsu who took me to see the monumental landscape and stone sculptures Noguchi has sited around the city, especially near the airport, all stunning. Would very much like to go back again.

9  Thank timotao
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Reviewed 6 September 2011

For travelers familiar with Isamu Noguchi from Western museums, gardens and his Martha Graham stage settings, this museum will be a revelation. The Noguchi Foundation has preserved his workshop and his home and provides scheduled hour long 'tours' which cover the two sites. (Reservations required). Most tours are in Japanese, but those non-speakers of Japanese familiar with Noguchi-san's work will not need the language to appreciate the tour. The tour includes a close look at the studio, the tools and many works-in-progress as well as a brief look at his home (no entry here - grounds only). Mure is a small town about 30 minutes east of Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku. Stone work is a principal industry here. For 20 years, Noguchi-san made this his home and studio for half-year stays when away from New York (Long Island City). His work site is surrounded by small commercial stone workers producing 'trade' stonework (headstone blanks, paving, cladding, etc.) . Mure is a place for workers, not ordinary gallery goers. The source of their material is at their backs. Mt. Gokenzan (Five Sword Mountain) provides an extremely hard, uniquely workable form of granite that characterizes most of Noguchi-san's stone work.
The Mure area is easily reachable from Takamatsu, but getting from the train stop to the site can be a problem. (On my first visit, my taxi driver from Takamatsu dropped me at a closed "Rock Art" museum). Use local Mure taxis when available. Website <<http://www.noguchi.org/museum/japan>>. Be aware of 'bad' street address listed as on this site as 'Museum Entrance' (bottom of page). The 'Contact' address is correct. The 'Entrance' information refers to the Long Island City site.

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