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Mitsui Memorial Museum

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In 2005 the Mitsui Memorial Museum opened in Nihonbashi, a district in Tokyo that has been historically closely linked to the various Mitsui Group companies ever since the Mitsui families began their businesses there. In 2021 our museum continues to develop as an active, outreach-focused museum in Nihonbashi, conveying to all the splendors of Japanese and Asian culture and art.

Today the world is still grappling with the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, and Japan continues to face unsettled conditions. When the world has suffered through numerous pandemics in the past, history has shown us that mankind turns to the bounty of nature and its wisdom as a powerful force for regeneration and revival.

We take great pleasure in presenting The Forms of Nature in Japanese and East Asian Art exhibition as a Mitsui Memorial Museum collection special exhibition, featuring a selection of particularly superb masterpieces from our collection. How have people reflected their feelings about the blessings and bounty of nature; how have they responded to nature, reacted to it. This exhibition explores the answers to these questions as seen in artworks.

Specifically, through collection masterpieces the exhibition considers the theme of nature from various angles, for example, paintings depicting the landscapes, trees, flowers and grasses of the four seasons. Decorative arts whose splendid craftsmanship depicts a single moment of nature's forms. Tea ceremony utensils whose poetic names and shapes reflect their makers' and users' love of nature. I hope that every visitor to this exhibition will enjoy these encapsulations of boundless human emotions and artistic expression. Indeed, as our exhibition title suggests, this exhibition reflects the human heart and its expression of the forms of nature in all their glory.

Finally, I would like to hereby convey my deep gratitude and appreciation to all those individuals and organizations who have provided their deep understanding and cooperation, thereby contributing to the success of this exhibition in spite of the difficulties brought about by Covid-19.

July 2021
Mazumi Shimizu
Director, Mitsui Memorial Museum

Requests to Visitors

WHEN ENTERING THE MUSEUM

Please refrain from visiting if you fall under any of the following two categories;
-Those who are experiencing symptoms of the common cold, such as a fever or a cough, or feeling something strange with the sense of smell and taste,
-Those who may have come in close contact with COVID-19 infected person (or possible to be infected ) in their families, colleagues and classmates.

-Please wear a mask. (Visitors without masks will be refused entry.)
-Temperatures will be taken at the entrance to the museum. Visitors who are found to have a fever over 37.5℃ will be refused entry.
-Please disinfect hands before entering the museum.
-(optional) Please provide your name and contact number at the entrance. The personal information collected here will be used only for contact tracing in the case of COVID-19 infection.
-Entrance restrictions will apply in order to prevent overcrowding.

INSIDE THE EXHIBITION ROOMS

-Social distancing rules and preventive measures must be respected in the museum. Please try to stay at least 2 meters away from other visitors. (apply to groups that come together)
-Please refrain from talking in the exhibition rooms.
-Please refrain from touching exhibits and display cases.

For sanitary and safety reasons, some changes will be made to their services on offer.
-The cloak room will remain closed. (A light equipment are recommended.)
-Some of the benches are temporarily removed.
-Hand dryers in rest rooms are unavailable. Please bring handkerchief with you.
-Blanket rental service is temporarily ceased. Please bring something to slip on in case of cool temperature in the exhibition rooms.
-All staffs are wearing masks and face shields.

We kindly ask for your understanding and cooperation with our efforts toward preventing the spread of COVID-19 infections.

Floor plan

■Hours: 11am to 4pm, entrance until 3:30pm

■Holidays: Mondays(except 8/9)
museum guide

■Address: Mitsui Main Building, 7th Floor, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022

■For inquiries: 050-5541-8600 / 047-316-2772 (from overseas)

■Transportation:
Tokyo Metro Subway Ginza Line: Exit A7, 1 min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station
Tokyo Metro Subway Hanzomon Line: Exit A7, 3 min walk from Mitsukoshimae Station
Tokyo Metro Subway Ginza-Tozai Lines: 4 min walk from Nihombashi station,Exit B9
Toei Subway Asakusa Line: 6 min walk from Nihombashi station,Exit B9
JR Tokyo Station: 7 min walk from Nihonbashiguchi exit
JR Kanda Station: 6 min walk
JR Sobu Line Rapid Service: 4 min walk from Shin-nihombashi Station
Metro Link Nihonbashi (Free bus service): Mitsui Memorial Museum bus stop

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Mitsui Memorial Museum

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The Mitsui Memorial Museum opened in October 2005 in Nihonbashi, a site closely related to the Mitsui Group. The collections from the Mitsui Bunko Museum in Nakano ward, with many treasures of Japanese and Asian art, will move to the new museum. Members of the Mitsui families have assembled the art works in the collection over the past three centuries and their preservation as a collection make these art works a preeminent element of Japanese cultural heritage.

The Mitsui Memorial Museum is located in the Mitsui Main Building. This important western-style structure created in the early Showa era has been designated an Important Cultural Property by the Japanese government. The entrance to the new museum is located in the neighboring super skyscraper the Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower Atrium.

The exhibition galleries will include a detailed reconstruction of the interior of the Joan tea ceremony room, a National Treasure tea ceremony room long related to the Mitsui family. Display of the "beauty of functionality" in the selection of tea ceremony utensils will be contrasted with the display of Japanese and Asian art works in a western architectural setting. These galleries will allow visitors to rediscover the "beauty of form." Viewers will be encouraged to explore the true meaning of art and culture.

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