公益財団法人島田美術館

  • 日本語
  • 英語
  • 公益財団法人 島田美術館
  • 〒860-0073
    熊本県熊本市西区島崎4-5-28
    TEL 096-352-4597
    FAX 096-324-8749

Shimada Museum

Hours: 10AM to 5PM (Entrance closes at 4:30PM).
&bull Closed on Tuesdays during exhibition installations and during the New Year's holiday.
&bull The museum is also open on National Holidays that fall on a Tuesday.

General admission to museum collection
Adults: 700 yen

Transportation:
&bull 3 minute walk from Jikeibyouinmae bus stop of the Araobashi bus line.
&bull 2 minute walk from Jyouseiko bus stop of the Jyouseiko bus line.
&bull 8 minutes by car from JR Kumamoto Station.
&bull 50 minutes by car from Kumamoto Airport.

This museum was opened in the autumn of 1977 to realize the wishes of Mr. Shimada Matomi, a student and lover of Japanese antiques. He dedicated his life to the preservation and study of historical documents and artistic handicrafts related to the Samurai culture in Kumamoto. In his later years, he wanted to preserve his precious collections and share them with the public in the hope of providing opportunities to appreciate the history and traditions of Kumamoto. He laid the foundation for the museum on the grounds of his private home.

We hope your visit to the Shimada Museum will be an opportunity to cherish and understand anew the treasures of Japanese history together with Samurai culture.

The central themes of the Shimada Art Museum collections are Kumamoto arts and crafts from the Momoyama-Edo period. Exhibitions are held regularly with collection themes chosen three to four times a year. Representative collections of the museum are the works and relics of Musashi Miyamoto. (Exhibits are subject to change)

For more information, please see the Japanese page.

MIYAMOTO MUSASHI
Miyamoto Musashi was born in the country of Harima (Hyogo Prefecture) in 1584. He won his first duel, at age of 13, over a master swordsman of the Shinto Style, Arima Kihei. In the sixty-odd. Sword fights that he since fought until he was 28 or 29, he had
Never lost a single fight, He further continued to pursue the spirit of swordsmanship and the secrets of the art of war, until at last he founded the style of Niten. Ichi Ryu. He came to Kumamoto about 1640, when he was 57 years old. The Lord Hosokawa Tadatosi was very happy to
Welcome him as a guest of honor, took him into his service, giving him a yearly of 300 koku of rice and a house at a corner of the Chiba Castle. Musashi stayed here in Kumamoto for five years until he died in early summer in 1645. During his stay here, he wrote “Thirty-five Article of the Art of War, “Gorin no Sho” and other books, spending most of his time in the study of tea ceremony, Zen, and calligraphy. He was also a great painter. His works, which radiate the power of his spirit in vivacious brush strokes, stand unique in the history of Japanese black-and-white drawing.