Nomura Art Museum (野村美術館)

Nomura Art Museum is located at 61Nanzenji Shimo-Kawara-cho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture
It is operated by Nomura Art Foundation (財団法人野村文華財団).


This museum was opened in 1984 with a collection of the second Tokushichi NOMURA (1878 - 1945), who founded Nomura Securities Co.,Ltd. and other companies, as major exhibits. Although being a businessman, the second Tokushichi was also a chajin (master of the tea ceremony) named 'Tokuan,' and learned the tea ceremony under Setsuan YABUNOUCHI and the Noh play under Sakon KANZE. Since Tokuan had great knowledge of the tea ceremony and Noh play, the items in the collection are centered on the two themes.

Nanzen-ji Temple and Zenrin-ji Temple are located nearby, and Nomura Hekiunso (literally, blue cloud) Villa (野村碧雲荘), Tokuan's another residence, is also located immediately north of the museum.

Major items of the collection

Important cultural properties

A colored portrait of KI no Tomonori drawn on paper (a piece of the picture cut out of "Satake-bon Sanjurokkasen-emaki Scroll" (the picture scroll of the portraits of 36 poets originally owned by the Satake clan): It is said that the pictures were drawn by Nobuzane FUJIWARA and the writings were made by Yoshitsune Kujo: The portrait was included in the second one of the two-volume Sanjurokkasen-emaki Scroll descended in the Satake clan who was lord of the former Akita Domain. In 1919, the picture scrolls were cut into 37 pictures (including the picture of Sumiyoshi-myojin Shrine depicted in the initial portion of the second one of the two volumes), and each picture of the 36 poets was reformed as a hanging scroll, including this portrait of KI no Tomonori.

Shihon-tansai-hutozu (literally, thin-coloring wind and wave picture) drawn by Sesshu
Oriental calligraphy and books
Geju (words praising Buddha) calligraphy: by Daitoukokushi (Shuho Myocho)
A geju calligraphy by Seisetsu Shocho with a soejo (a soejo: an added letter) by Shunoku Soen
Sunshoan Shikishi (a type of colored paper on which a waka poem was written) (for Sugawara no Ason)
A waka poem collection by Sanuki Nyudo with a gold-lacquered box on which willow, water, and mandarin ducks were drawn: a waka poem collection by FUJIWARA no Akitsuna, a waka poet
A bound book
Part of it, including the initial portion, was written by FUJIWARA no Sadaie with brushes.

Crafted products
A gold-lacquered box with plovers drawn on it

Other principal items in the collection

Shihonbokuga Sansui-zu: A sansui (mountains and water) picture drawn on paper by Juko (Art treasures)
Kohon-Chakushoku-Sorosanko Shoka-Kanshinwo-ou no zu (a colored painting on a folded screen): drawn by Buson YOSA with brushes (Art treasures)
Suitei Kamo-zu: A picture of ducks on a shore by Goshun
Wakanroeishu Dankan (part of the collection of Chinese poems and waka poems) (Tagagiri): It is said that the collection was written by FUJIWARA no Mototoshi with brushes (Art treasures)
Neriagede-Shino-hashie-chawan (Shino china-cup with a bridge drawn on it, made using a neriagede technique) with an inscription of 猛虎 (moko: a fierce tiger)

Information about using the museum

Hours: 10: 00 to 16: 00
Closed on Mondays
The entrance fee: \700 for an adult, \300 for high school and university students and \200 for elementary and junior-high school students (a discount for groups and senior citizens is also available).

[Original Japanese]