Yumeji Takehisa museum houses collections of Yumeji’s works owned by lawyer and curator Takumi Kano, and there is located in Hongo, Bunkyo Ward where Yumeji stayed in the Kikuhuji Hotel. Yumeji also enjoyed meeting his lover, Hikono Kasai, in Hongo. Hongo is surrounded by both tranquility and the greenery of trees, reminiscent of days of old. Here can be enjoyed extensively the romance of the Taisho Era, including not only pictures of Yumeji’s style of depicting beautiful women, which may remind you of the good old days, but also at modern design at the museum, which is the only museum exhibiting the works of Yumeji in Tokyo.
The Takehisa Yumeji Museum’s permanent exhibition is dedicated to works of its eponym. These include not only paintings and drawings but also so-called chiyogami: pattern paintings on Japanese paper that could be used as model for fabrics or stationery. His designs further include board games, postcards, and folding Screens.
This museum is established in former residential houses, therefore some of the convenience you might find in museum buildings is lacking. Clearly international visitors are not the main target group, as there is no English information available whatsoever. So here is not a touristic place so to say. You can spend and enjoy very quiet time in here. One of the most pleasant things about the museum is the small garden at the exit where is quite beautiful.
Right outside the entrance door is the small cafe located with drinks and cakes for a short tea break, even if you don’t enter the museum, you can take break here. Are you interested in Taisho period atmosphere? Please check it out!
900yen(adults) 800yen(students) 400yen(junior high and elementary school students)