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Nezu museum in Minami Aoyama

On Saturday me and my husband went to see a small exhibition at “Littlemore chika” gallery in Harajuku. It was a tiny place in the basement of an apartment building. The exhibition displayed a photo collection by Imai Tomoki called “Light and gravity”.

Most of the photos were of pine trees in winter forest with sunlight intertwined with the branches. Some of the photos looked like they were taken in North-west forests of Karelia – a historical region between St.Petersburg and Finland. I often go there with my mom who is a big mushroom freak. ^-^

This beautiful lake reminded me of Tori Amos song “Winter”.  Even though the lyrics don’t actually describe any type of landscape, I somehow thought of it when I saw the photo.

This is a typical mansion window but it makes a pretty picture because of the soft light that makes everything inside the room look so serene and so still, like the time stopped for a moment. I often witness such calmness in the room whenever I stay home in the afternoon when the sun sets and the room get filled with this soft evening glow.

After the exhibition I got inspired and decided to go snap some pictures nearby. I went down my usual shopping route towards Shibuya through Omotesando.

This is a naked Gingko tree in front of Louis Vuitton shop.

This is relatively new Chloe – Cartier building right next to Prada.

Beautiful gates of Yoku moku cafe in front of Issey Miyake’s store.

Plum tree in front of former Marc by Marc Jacobs shop.

And this is me wearing my favorite nerd glasses. ^-^

I went all the way down to Minami Aoyama area and saw that the old museum of fine arts that was closed for renovations has been finally opened and renamed into “Nezu museum”. Now, it has a beautiful buidling designed by famous architect Kuma Kengo, the same one who designed Roppongi’s Midtown. The design carries the concept of “wa” – harmony throughout its elements. This is an entrance decorated with both living and crafted bamboo and pebble stones.

Grass is used to decorate the interior of the building as well making a harmonic transition of nature from outside to inside.

Next to museum, there is a big traditional Japanese garden with Pines, Cedars, Gingkos, Cherry and Plum trees.

Because it’s winter everything looked very quiet to me – dark shadows lying still on the surface of small pond, water running down the shishiodoshi in a rhythmical song,  deserted tea house, old leaves resting undisturbed around the cold rocks and bamboo fences..

I’ve heard a German guy behind me telling to his companion: Many people who once visited Japan came back home with a desperate idea to re-create Japanese garden on their premises but they failed every time. It’s something that requires craftsmanship not just inspiration..

Plum trees have already began blooming. The smell is incredible. I could just stand there for hours breathing in the scent of flowers…

The admission to the museum is quite pricey. 1200yen for the entrance but it includes the viewing of the garden so I think it’s worth it. I can just imagine how it will look in spring and autumn. In every season it surprises you with something new and breathtaking.

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Your photos are all really interesting! Thanks for taking the time to post them.
    I used to love seeking out little photo exhibits in London, but haven’t done so for a few year. Now that you’ve reminded me, I may try again.

    February 28, 2010
    • yes, I love it. I don’t go that often but every time I do, I get truly inspired and start to look for my own stories that I can transform into a picture..

      March 1, 2010
  2. seru #

    so nice photos

    March 2, 2010
  3. Jiye #

    Hi Natasha!!! How have you been?

    You look so very happy.

    March 12, 2010

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