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image image A Doll's House: The Living National Treasures Museum
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Alice Gordenker
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Collectors are a special breed, often acquiring things according to a logic all their own. This is how the world gained institutions as eclectic and varied as the Salt and Pepper Shaker Museum and the Dog Collar Museum. So as guiding principles for acquisition go, a decision to focus on artists recognized by their own government as preservers of the nation's cultural heritage seems remarkably well considered. The results can be seen in a small but nevertheless impressive museum in the seaside resort of Yugawara, less than two hours by train from Tokyo. more...

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image image Sleep Inside a Work of Art: BnA Hotel Koenji
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Michael Pronko
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Viewing art on the walls of museums and galleries is different from being completely surrounded by a work of art, much less drifting off to sleep inside it. At the newly completed BnA Hotel Koenji, visitors can do exactly that. To view the art, you cannot just go inside, you have to spend the night. BnA, which stands for "Bed and Art" (a play on Airbnb), offers rooms for the artistically inclined and culturally interested visitor to Tokyo, or for anyone who wants to be cocooned inside unique artwork overnight. more...

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image image Nihonga on the Lake: Hakone's Narukawa Art Museum
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Alan Gleason
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We're in a small museum in the Hakone mountains 50 miles southwest of Tokyo, but the lobby is filled with a crowd of tourists from Europe, listening to a talk by chief curator Katsuyoshi Kohara, via interpreter. A few minutes ago Kohara was manning the ticket counter; now he is enthusiastically describing the artists currently on display, as well as touting the glorious view from the picture window behind the group. more...

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A Doll's House: The Living National Treasures Museum
Alice Gordenker
1 April 2016
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Alan Gleason
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