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Creative Triple Threat

January 04, 2016
The National Museum of Modern Art
From anime to origami and ceramics to silk paintings, the Japanese have long been globally renowned for their creativity. And for visitors to the Nippon capital after a chin-stroking session that highlights the best of the contemporary cohort there is no better bet than The National Museum of Modern Art. A triple-threat in the truest sense, the Chiyoda-ku culture vulture nest showcases local fine art, craft and film across three distinct spaces.

Don your best draped dress and start in the angular art enclave, home an expansive, chronologically and thematically ordered collection that holds everything from late Meiji Period masterpieces by Fujita Tsuguharu and Kataoka Tamako, to solumn surrealist works from the 1940s, and moving documentary-style photographs taken after the 1995 Kobe earthquake.

But don’t get too caught up in all the canvases, because over in the Crafts Gallery await more perusable pretties. Housed in a handsome, Neo Gothic brick building, you’ll find intricately embroidered kimonos, handmade glassware, lacquer and metal work. And forward-thinking folks that come on a Wednesday or Saturday can take part in the Touch&Talk program, giving you a hands-on look at some of the on-show objects.

Your creative craving still not sated? Then cut to the National Film Center with an archive of more than 19,000 local and foreign flicks, regular screenings and expos of cinematic memorabilia. An action packed day if ever there was one!

3-1 Kitanomaru-koen / Chiyoda-ku / +81 3 3214 2561 / 10:00 am-5:00 pm Tue-Thu & Sat-Sun, till 8:00 pm Fri /