The Nezu Museum: Come For The History, Stay For The Garden

Aaron Baggett

Nezu Garden Lion
Nezu Garden Lion | Photo by Aaron Baggett

Continuing on my culture hopping articles, I wanted to bring attention to a museum that I don’t think a lot of people know about. At least not people like me, lazy and apathetic to the world around me. However, I’m also not one to turn a discount down. In fact, receiving student discounts was my sole reason for going to college. I don’t even know what my field of study is. I just threw a dart at a list of majors and asked for my student i.d. so I could start racking up free sodas at Frijoles and 1ooyen off movie tickets. I think I’m in political science or something. That’ll probably be handy in the real world, right? What was I talking about? Oh yeah, Nezu Museum.

Nezu Garden Buddha
Nezu Garden Buddha | Photo by Aaron Baggett

Like the Tokyo National Museum, the Nezu Museum holds thousands of works of art including calligraphy, painting, sculpture, archaeological work and more. As well as tons of those “National Treasures” Japan loves to boast about. The building itself makes for a pretty impressive sight. It’s slick, modern, and so classy that they might as well be checking for monocles at the door. If you go between September 17 and October 8 you can view the The Tale of the Heike, an ancient and important piece of Japanese history that pretty much laid the foundation of epic stories in Japan. It would probably take Michael Bay at least six movies the truly butcher it.

Via: Scarletgreen

The museum also happens to be a fantastic garden. If you don’t give a crap about Japanese history, then go for the garden. It is an expansive Japanese garden filled to the brim with Buddhist sculpture, peaceful imagery and beautiful floral. I had to run from the occasional Japanese hornet once or twice, but that was a small price to pay for the experience. I was literally one with the koi fish. Where at? A lot closer than you might think. It’s just a short walk away from Omotesando Station.

Nezu Garden Boat
Nezu Garden Boat | Photo by Aaron Baggett
Price:Adult: 1000 yen.
Students: 800 yen. (Think of it as a two-for-one deal)
Location:東京都港区南青山6丁目5−1 107-0062, Japan
Closest Station:Omotesando Station (Exit A5) and then about an 8 minute walk.
Business hours:10:00am to 5:00pm/Closed Mondays.
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Filed under: Art, Outdoors
Tags: Buddhism, Garden, Museum
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2 Responses to “The Nezu Museum: Come For The History, Stay For The Garden”

  1. Avatar October 2, 2012

    In a perverse way, I want to see what Hollywood would to the ‘Tale of the Heike’, or even how they’d turn the ‘Tale of Genji’ sighing into sleeves into a tale of ninja assasins with ‘Matrix’ ‘bullet-time’ and find a way to put white actors* or Chinese ones** into it. Then again, I have eschewed those movies, and the one with Tom Cruise.

    * Keanu Reeves in the ‘Chushingura’?
    ** ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’: beauties though Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi may be, Chinese do not look, speak, or act like Japanese much more than Caucasian Americans do.

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      I’m still getting over Ted’s Excellent Adventure with The 47 Ronin. I don’t think I could take a white washed Tale of Genji. haha

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