Soseki, Kyoto and the Oyamazaki Villa: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the novelist’s birth

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Soseki, Kyoto and the Oyamazaki Villa: Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the novelist’s birth 
Mar 18, 2017 (sat) – May 28, 2017 (sun)
Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00(entry up to 30 minutes before closing.)
Closed: Monday

Admission fee: Adults:900yen(800)
Students (high school and university): 500yen(400)
Junior high school students and under: free
* Prices shown in ( ) indicate group (more than 20 persons) discount tickets.
* Persons with disabilities: 300yen

http://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/tokubetu/33770/

Venue

ASAHI BEER OYAMAZAKI VILLA MUSEUM OF ART
http://www.asahibeer-oyamazaki.com/english/
Access: 5-3 Zenihara, Oyamazaki-cho, Otokuni-gun, Kyoto, 618-0071 Japan 
Tel: 075-957-3123
Hours: 10:00 ~ 17:00(entry up to 30 minutes before closing.)
Closed: Monday
(Tuesday if the Monday is a national holiday)

Description

2017 is the 150th anniversary of birth of the great novelist Soseki Natsume(1867-1916). His experience in Kyoto, which he visited four times, influenced many of his works, such as “In the Evening Arrived at Kyoto” and “The Poppy”.
During his final stay in Kyoto, he was invited to by businessman Shotaro Kaga (1888-1954), to view Kaga’s new villa, which was still under construction. During the visit to the villa, he accepted a request by Kaga to give the villa its name. His letter to Kaga mentioned the progress of the construction and fourteen suggestions for the name of the new villa. Sadly Natsume passed away the following year, which was just before the building was completed in 1917.
Today, Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art is delighted to announce that the museum has acquired the letter mentioned above having recently been discovered after long missing, in this, the memorial year of Natusme’s birth.
This exhibition displays the letter to public for the first time, his diary, and works of the painter Seifu Tsuda who visited the villa with Natsume, to investigate the novelist’s last stay in Kyoto.
In addition, “Rankafu”, a series of botanical woodblock prints depict orchids cultivated by Kaga is exhibited.

* The line-up will be changed in the middle of the exhibition.

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