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Shouhaku Art Museum, Nara

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Shōhaku Art Museum (松伯美術館, Shōhaku Bijutsukan) opened in Nara, Japan, in 1994. It was established thanks to donations of artworks and the support of Kintetsu. The collection comprises paintings and sketches by Uemura Shōen, Uemura Shōkō (上村松篁), and Uemura Atsushi (上村淳之), and special exhibitions are staged to help promote the appreciation of Nihonga. The shō (松) element of the Museum's name is derived from the first character of the first two of these artists' given names, as well as from the pines in the garden of the former honorary chairman of Kintetsu, where the Museum now stands, while the haku (伯) element comes from its tea house, known as Hakusentei (伯泉亭).
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  • This museum is supposed to house a collection of works by Uemura Shoen and her family. I imagine this is the reason most people visit. Beware to check the exhibit before visiting. On my visit the...  more »
  • What a relaxing, lovely museum. It features Nihonga paintings that are really beautiful. The grounds are also really nice, overlooking a pretty pond / small lake.
  • Very nice museum, a bit far from Gakuenmae station, but you can take a bus pretty easily if you can work out which ones to take. Any bus leaving from the two bus platforms directly in front of the train ticket gates(Family mart/Mc Donalds side) will take you on the right route, just get off before the lake, next to the park. Great art inside. Not sure if the exhibits change, but there were a lot of animal paintings when we went there. The museum is quite dark and seemed to not be so busy. During spring there are a lot sakura trees you can take a squiz at, and the lake is quite nice too. Museum is worth a look if you’re in the area. Not much info in English seemed to be available.

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