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Japan Ukiyo-e Museum, Matsumoto

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The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (日本浮世絵博物館, Nihon Ukiyo-e Hakubutsukan)(JUM) is a privately owned Japanese art museum in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. It holds over 100,000 Japanese woodblock prints, regarded as the world's largest collection of this form of art.
The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum was established in 1982 by Tokichi Sakai, a member of the Sakai merchant family, who have practiced business in Matsumoto for generations. It is based on collections of ukiyo-e owned by the family. The first items were collected by Yoshitaka Sakai (1810–69), paper wholesaler and art patron, and his son and grandson. Over the years, the collection has grown to include not only historical prints, but also many contemporary prints by Japanese artists. Items from this collection have been exhibited in Europe, North America, the Middle East, South America, and elsewhere in East Asia.
The museum features curated exhibits, a movie detailing the history of Ukiyo-e, and a gift shop. The museum's main building was designed by the architect Shinohara Kazuo (1925–2006) and extended in 1995 by the architect Haba Kuniharu. It is located next to the Matsumoto Open Air Architectural Museum.
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  • we walked here from the dormy inn. 50 minutes there, lovely autumn day. had thought there might be a bus, but no luck. expecting to see the largest collection of woodblock prints in the world, but we....  more »
  • This museum has one of the biggest collections ukiyo-e in the world, but to exhibit them is difficult, due to fragility. So they exhibit a very very small collection each time. While we do understand....  more »
  • I've long been a fan of Ukiyo-e, and this museum was absolutely fantastic for me! They run a looping video that walks through the process end-to-end, and have many prints on view (I seem to remember around 130 at the time I was there in 2014). It's great to be able to get up close to these beautiful works, as well as see a fairly broad array of artists represented. If you're going to Matsumoto, you shouldn't miss this.
  • Very cool museum, an excellent themed exhibition with perfectly translated English descriptions for the entire exhibit.
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