See the birthplace of the great artist Yumeji Takehisa

Yumeji Art Museum Annex

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Artist Yumeji Takehisa's birthplace

About Yumeji

Takehisa Yumeji, popularly known as simply, Yumeji, was an artist who was active during the Taisho era. He was born and raised in Oku Town (part of today’s Setouchi City).

He is considered to be “the Toulouse Lautrec of Japan” on account of his avant-garde painting style and lively compositions which capture the mood of everyday life so vividly.

ABOUT THE MUSEUM

Visitors can see the home called Yumeji Seika, which is where Yumeji was born and lived until he was 16 years old. The structure is approximately 250 years old and reflects the architecture of the time in the thatched straw roof and other details such as the expansive front yard which is completely surrounded by a thick tile-covered wall.

A number of Yumeji’s works including hanging scrolls, folding screens, and sketches are exhibited in the home. An extensive collection of prints are on display in the remodeled barn-like structure which is adjacent to it.

Nearby stands the “Shonen Sanso”, which is a replica of the artist’s home and studio in Tokyo. The building was designed and built by Yumeji in Tokyo in 1924  and is in the Western style of architecture. Reproduced in 1979 with the cooperation of Mr. Fujihiko Takehisa, Yumeji’s second son, it commemorates the 95th anniversary of the artist’s birth. Self portraits as well as a collection of photos taken by Yumeji can be enjoyed throughout.

The admission fee allows entrance to both facilities.

 

ABOUT THE AREA

Setouchi City is comprised of the former towns of Oku, Osafune and Ushimado. In 2004 they merged to form a marvelous city with a Mediterranean flair that sits on the Seto Inland Sea.

Oku is a rural district where agriculture is alive and well. Mushroom and oyster farming are two important industries. The Taisho era painter Yumeji Takehisa’s birthplace is in the Oku region of Setouchi City. The artist’s home has been perfectly preserved for visitors to inspect the intricacies of his fascinating life.

The landscape of the area is comprised of rolling hills and meandering streams, and is representative of the traditional Japanese countryside. Osafune also has the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum and learning center which allows visitors to experience the sword making process first hand.

The Ushimado region of Setouchi City is famous for its yacht harbor and beaches. The Olive Garden is a nice spot to take in the view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, including Maejima and Shodoshima. There is no shortage of places to stay in Ushimado, from the luxurious Hotel Limani to the numerous “Bed and Breakfasts”.

ABOUT THE AREA

Setouchi City is comprised of the former towns of Oku, Osafune and Ushimado. In 2004 they merged to form a marvelous city with a Mediterranean flair that sits on the Seto Inland Sea.

Oku is a rural district where agriculture is alive and well. Mushroom and oyster farming are two important industries. The Taisho era painter Yumeji Takehisa’s birthplace is in the Oku region of Setouchi City. The artist’s home has been perfectly preserved for visitors to inspect the intricacies of his fascinating life.

The landscape of the area is comprised of rolling hills and meandering streams, and is representative of the traditional Japanese countryside. Osafune also has the Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum and learning center which allows visitors to experience the sword making process first hand.

The Ushimado region of Setouchi City is famous for its yacht harbor and beaches. The Olive Garden is a nice spot to take in the view of the islands of the Seto Inland Sea, including Maejima and Shodoshima. There is no shortage of places to stay in Ushimado, from the luxurious Hotel Limani to the numerous “Bed and Breakfasts”.

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