Japanese Folk Crafts Museum

Japan Folk Crafts Museum in Tokyo

The Japan Folk Crafts Museum (日本民藝館, Nihon Mingeikan) is a museum in Komaba, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan, dedicated to the hand-crafted art of ordinary people (mingei).

The museum was established in 1936 by Yanagi Sōetsu, the founder of the mingei movement; Hamada Shōji succeeded him as its director.[1][2] Yanagi and Hamada decided upon its foundation after their 1929 visit to the Nordiska Museet in Stockholm.[3]

The museum is housed in a replica of a farmhouse building common to parts of Tochigi Prefecture.[4]

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  1. ^ Haruhara, Yoko (April 16, 2010). "Finding beauty in the simplest of things". The Japan Times. The Japan Times, Ltd. Retrieved 4 December 2011.
  2. ^ "About the Mingeikan". Japan Folk Crafts Museum. Archived from the original on 10 May 2012. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  3. ^ Kikuchi Yuko (2004). Japanese Modernisation and Mingei Theory: Cultural nationalism and Oriental Orientalism. Routledge. pp. 70f. ISBN 9780415297905.
  4. ^ Waley, Paul (1984). Tokyo Now and Then. Tokyo and New York: John Weatherhill Inc. p. 441. ISBN 0-8348-0195-7.

Coordinates: 35°39′39″N 139°40′45″E / 35.66083°N 139.67917°E / 35.66083; 139.67917

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