Swanica explores Japan

Friday, June 08, 2007

My husband got me information about this amazing little museum in Kamakura. We live now for a year in Kamakura and you think you have seen it all, but there are still so many things to discover in this historic town.

This museum is a refined, elegant Japanese-style house which is in a quiet, residential area. It was the house of Kaburaki Kiyokata, a great painter of the modern Nihonga, Japanese-style painting.

First, he was an illustrator, but later turned to painting in the Japanese style and created many works focusing on graceful young women, and the lively life of the common people in town.

A woman in the snow.

A woman with a drum.

In 1946, he came to Kamakura. He spent the rest of his life here until his death at the age of 93 in 1972.

A woman with a fish in a bowl.

In 1994, his bereaved family donated his artworks, and his residence and land to Kamakura City for other people to enjoy his beautiful artwork. Thus in April 1998 the memorial museum opened.

A woman with a flower.


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