The painting world of color poet Kazu Wakita

The eye catching lyrical message, characteristic expression of Kazu Wakita's art world lead you parallel to getting through one's life and capture the nature which will remind you chamber music resonate with its pure tone. "Wakita Museum" stands in green grove and graceful "music of color" become lively. The museum has about 1,000 collection pieces of Kazu Wakita's oil painting, drawing and print. Living in Germany in 1920's through WW II and to his later year's work has been exhibited that tells his whole work. More ever series of event programs, workshop, concert are all fruitful and stimulates refreshing cultural image where taking root in Karuizawa.

Regarding Kazu Wakita

The artist, who represents contemporary Japanese oil painting, received person of Cultural Merit as honor his great contribution to the country. The artist often chose to portray lovely birds, flowers, young child which are close to his daily life and his styles are well known to describe the geniality, purity and warmth.

Born in Tokyo in 1908, moved to Berlin to study at age 15 in 1923 where entered Berlin National School of Fine Arts at age 17. He was awarded Gold medal by the school and returned to Japan. In1936 established “Shin-seisaku-ha” with Genichiro Inokuma and Ryohei Koiso (Current called “Shin-seisaku”). After WW II in 1950th, his works been exhibited in Sao Paulo International Biennial as well as in Venetia Biennale. In 1956 his "Dispute” (Arasoi) been awarded the 1st Guggenheim international art prize. Wakita museum was opened in 1991, and he carried on to work till his eternal rest in 2005 at age 97.

The art and space creates relaxation moment

The Wakita museum is located in the corner that leaves the look of old Karuizawa where the history and the culture have been carved in. The atelier mountain villa (The completion of construction in 1970: one of the Japanese Modernism Architecture by Junzo Yoshimura, architect) that Kazu Wakita had living for many years was kept on the premises and the museum was built to surround this atelier. Starting the first floor that transparent light of plateau pours, wide exhibition room in second floor, small pieces exhibition space of corridor type, to the scenery of the courtyard faced from the tea room, an agreeable space in which the sensibility to play with the beauty of the painter voluntarily participate in the entire concept of the pavilion been reflected to create the space.

Excellent access; 10 minutes on foot from Karuizawa station,
1 hour from Tokyo by bullet train.

Around the Wakita Museum you can find many tour spots that represent Karuizawa such as Mikasa Hotel, Kumoba-lake, Old Karuizawa Ginza Shopping street” A day of the enhanced trip by Art, History, and Shopping will gratitude your visit.

■By train: Nagano Shinkansen /get off at Karuizawa station (1 hour from Tokyo, 30 minutes from Nagano station). Exit : North exit / toward old Karuizawa rotary district 10 minutes walk.
■By car: The national road route 18 → Old Karuizawa district for 20 minutes.

Museum guide

Opening period Mid April to End November (Closed during winter)
Opening time 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (enter before 4:30pm)
※End April 〜 Beginning May (floating time table during Golden week holiday per each year)
July 15 - September 15 closed at 6:00 pm (enter by 5:30 pm)
Admission fees yen 1,000 / college student yen 600/ junior high school or under free of charge
※group over 20 people; yen 100 discount per admission
Address 1570-4 Karuizawa machi Kyudo, Karuizawa, Nagano. Zip code: 389-0102
(1243 nozawahara, karuizawa-machi, Kita-sakugun, Nagano)
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