Posted on November 23, 2010 within News
Please download and glance at our Flyer chronicling a journey to Matsumoto, a charming castle town located at the foothills of the majestic Japanese Alps during the Autumn season. Our journal then continues to describe a recent venture to the exquisite Nezu Art Museum and Japanese Gardens.
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Posted on November 23, 2010 within News
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Posted on November 18, 2010 within News
On a recent long weekend getaway to Tokyo, I took the opportunity to revisit the Nezu Art Museum located in the elegant Minami Aoyoma section of Tokyo. I was first struck by the expansive outdoor entrance way lined with perfectly set bamboo and trimmed foliage. As I entered the recently gentrified edifice, I encountered an open and contemporary architectural style to house its vast rotating collections. In the course of a year, many Japanese and East Asian arts are displayed (including 7 works designated as National Treasures). I was fortunate to view a beautiful Chinese porcelain celadon and bronze exhibition with works dating back to the 12th century or earlier.
Peering through the glass facade, I was immediately intrigued by Nezu’s exquisite Japanese gardens with its rolling slopes, stepping stones, tea houses and an extensive collection of stone lanterns perfectly placed throughout the colorful fauna. On a beautiful Autumn day, it was a serene stroll well worth taking. I am anxiously looking forward to a journey in the spring when Nezu showcases its Japanese screen or “byobu” collection. Nezu is a must see for lovers of art and Japanese gardens and a favorite suggested venue.
Posted on November 14, 2010 within News
At the end of October, I journeyed to Matsumoto, a charming castle town located at the foothills of the majestic Japan Alps in Nagano Prefecture. Matsumoto is one of my favorite towns in Japan and I always look forward to the opportunity to visit there. Autumn is an especially beautiful time of year to visit Matsumoto as the cool crisp air allows for a picture perfect view of Matsumoto’s four hundred year old castle, a national treasure, set against the backdrop of the Japan Alps with their first dusting of snow.
On this most recent trip to Matsumoto, I had the pleasure of staying at Myojinkan, a wonderful ryokan or Japanese inn located approximately forty minutes outside of town. As I passed through forests and valleys laden with autumn foliage on my way to Myojinkan, my sense of anticipation gradually heightened and I was not to be disappointed. Myjoinkan offered not only splendid rooms but a wonderful onsen or Japanese bath where one can peacefully relax in enticingly warm water while gazing upon a beautiful mountain stream. The food at Myojinkan was excellent with an abundance of local produce and seasonal vegetables.
A visit to Matsumoto is not complete without a stroll down Nakamachi Dori with its Edo period kura or storehouses, many of which have been converted into restaurants and shops. Without fail, I always leave Matsumoto with an antique or local craft as a remembrance of my visit there. Matsumoto can be visited on an overnight trip from Tokyo or as part of a journey that will take you onwards to the delightful town of Takayama.