TOKYO - Kokyo - Momat





A walk around the Imperial Palace garden, and two shows at MOMAT museum of art. From the Imperial Palace you can actually just walk around the moat and a little part of the garden.


The Tokyo Imperial Palace (皇居 Kōkyo, "Imperial Residence") is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda area of Tokyo close to Tokyo Station and contains several buildings including the main palace (宮殿 Kyūden), the private residences of the imperial family, an archive, museum and administrative offices. It is built on the site of the old Edo Castle. The total area including the gardens is 3.41 square kilometres (1.32 sq mi).
 
Kokyo -




Tomo museum -
MOMAT - The National Museum of modern Art, Tokyo - Art Museum -
The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, was the first National Museum of Art in Japan and dates back to 1952, when it was established as an institution governed by the Ministry of Education. The architect of the building was Kunio Maekawa. On two later occasions, neighbouring premises were purchased and the Museum was further enlarged. The most recent re-design of MOMAT was conceived by Yoshiro Taniguchi (father of Yoshio Taniguchi who designed the extension of MOMA in New York). 
 Permanent collection favorites -
Art and Printed matter from the 1960's to the 1970's -
Craft and Design MOMAT -  
Patterns of Delight - One line. Or perhaps a small circle. Two or three in a row. A rhythm is born, a pattern stirs the imagination. Patterns evoke movement unanticipated in the simple form. Two parallel lines become twin stripes. If the lines curve, we see “staggering stripes.” We see multiple circles as raindrops. A large collection of smaller circles suggests the texture of sharkskin. Precisely arranged triangles and hexagons become fish scales and tortoise shells. The examples are endless. These names range from simple descriptions to analogies and puns, suggesting the impact on the human psychology of our interest in patterns. Giving a pattern a name, moreover, evokes an image, broadening our interest in the pattern. As we look around us, we discover not only geometric patterns but flowers, animals, landscapes, natural phenomena, glyphs—there is no end of them. Anything is a potential pattern; wherever we look, we see patterns, patterns that color and enrich our lives. These patterns are used for more than superficial decoration. They lend us their strength. They embody our wishes for peace, good health, beauty, good fortune, and wealth. Whether brand new or ancient, patterns are filled with the brilliance and joy of the times in which they appeared. Simple, elegant, patterns thrill us. This summer, it is time for children and adults both to experience the fascination of patterns.
Ceramic & Glass -
Kimono -

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