【Hayashibara Museum of Art★】
Hayashibara Museum of Art is located in the area of the inner moat of Okayama Castle. This area was a part of Ninomaru annex of the castle, where there was a guesthouse during the Edo period. Since the Meiji era, Lord Ikeda used it as his administrative headquarters. On this site, Hayashibara Museum of Art was inaugurated on October 1, 1964, as per the wishes of the late Hayashibara Ichiro (1908 － 1961), a business person of Okayama.
Hayashibara Ichiro inherited the company that was established by his grandfather, and their specialization was the manufacturing of starch syrup. He later succeeded in making the company one of the biggest Japanese firms of its kind. Alongside his professional responsibilities, he showed an active interest in traditional artwork. Throughout his school days, he devoted a significant amount of time to the study of antique swords. With this growing passion for the arts, he bought the treasures that had been handed down from the Ikeda family, the feudal Lords of Bizen Province, a part of Okayama Prefecture of today. At the same time, he started to collect Japanese and other oriental art pieces.
Regrettably, he passed away in April, 1961 at the age of 52. Three years later, according to the wishes of Hayashibara Ichiro, the bereaved family founded Hayashibara Museum of Art. The project was then endorsed by Miki Yukiharu, the governor of Okayama prefecture at the time.
The building was constructed on 6,300m² premises and was designed by Maekawa Kunio, a renowned architect who was a disciple of Le Corbusier. He created the building that was completely harmonized with the cultural environment around Okayama Castle. The museum houses approximately 9,000 pieces of art composed of 【folding screens★★】, swords, armors, pottery, 【Noh costumes★】 and masks, furniture, paintings, calligraphies and lacquer work. The collection comprises 3 national treasures and 26 masterpieces, classified as important cultural property of Japan.
Important cultural property.
Views in and around Kyoto. Folding screens. Edo period.
The landscapes and scenes of Kyoto, how the capital of Japan was four hundred years ago, is captured in this pair of folding screens. It is confirmed that this is one of the three large Rakuchu rakugai zu (Scenes in and around the Capital) in Japan, and called as "Ikeda Version" named after its former owner, Ikeda clan in Okayama.
Noh costumes have been used on the stage of Noh, classical Japanese musical drama which has been performed since late Muromachi period, the 14th century. There are as much as 1,200 pieces of Noh and Kyōgen costumes in Hayashibara Museum of Art, which had been handed down by the Ikeda family. The brilliant designs such as cherry and plum blossoms or bamboos on these costumes indicate this family’s own taste or their sense of beauty.
＜＜Recommendation degree of Michelin Green Guide＞＞
★★★ “Highly recommended“
★★ ” Recommended”