Have you ever seen the Mona Lisa by Leonardo Da Vinci or the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo? How about Guernica by Picasso? These works are just a few examples of paintings that represent the height of achievement and mastery of an art form.
For those who appreciate the fine arts, the dilemma is actually figuring out a way to see the paintings as they were meant to be seen, with your own eyes. This is a major challenge because many of these pieces are spread across the globe.
While there is absolutely no substitute for seeing an authentic work, especially in the land in which it was produced, there is a compelling alternative in Naruto City,Tokushima Prefecture, Japan.
Over 1000 replica masterworks by world-renowned painters such as Picasso, Miro, Da Vinci and Picasso, just to name a few, are on display at the Otsuka Museum of Art and they are absolutely astounding in scale and substance. Reproduced on ceramic boards which are said to be made to last 2000 years, visitors can in effect visit the world’s museums in a day.
The absolute key point to keep in mind about this museum is that the reproductions have been sanctioned by the caretakers of the originals, so they can stand up to the closest scrutiny. The works of art have been reproduced on the same scale as the originals. In other words, it is truly as if you were looking at real painting.
Furthermore, the museum complex is a work of art in its own right as it is set on a wide parcel of land with several Louvre-like buildings on its grounds.
For your convenience, there are two stylish cafes, a full-service restaurant and a museum shop to round out your experience at the Otsuka Museum of Art.
About the Area
Tokushima is one of the four prefectures of Shikoku Island in West Japan. It is a land of beautiful mountains and valleys, scenic seascapes and agricultural bounty. Perhaps the prefecture’s most revered cultural property is the Awa Odori dance that is held during the summer Bon Festival. Female performers dance rhythmically through the streets of Tokushima City dressed in their signature indigo kimono and wedge-shaped straw hats. Visitors come from around the world to witness this event.
A natural feature that is also considered a prefectural symbol is the Naruto Whirlpool. It is a spectacular vortex of water created by the juxtaposition of different water currents. The phenomenon can be viewed from the shore or a ship and even from an observation platform directly above it.
Access: Take the Naruto Koen Bus from JR Tokushima Station to the Otsuka Museum of Art.
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