The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums


We are delighted to announce the London launch of the Japan Society’s latest publication, The art lover’s guide to Japanese museums by Sophie Richard, the first English-language publication to focus on Japanese museums in over 30 years.

Japan is a ‘museum kingdom,’ operating some 5600 museums nationwide – a figure that eclipses the 1800 or so accredited museums in the UK. The museums of Japan feature rich collections and excellent exhibitions in world-class galleries. Yet they can be difficult to navigate without first-hand knowledge. The art lover’s guide to Japanese Museums acts as a personal guide, introducing readers to some of the most distinctive and inspiring art museums in the country. In depth information is given about each listed venue, including the story behind their creation. From magnificent traditional arts to fascinating artist’s houses and from sleek contemporary museums to eccentric galleries, museums are the perfect gateway to discover Japan’s culture both past and present.

Richard’s full colour guide contains detailed introductions and reviews of over fifty museums across the nation, as well as references to other local cultural attractions. There is no better way to unlock the aesthetics, customs, and heritage of Japan than through its cultural institutions.

Sophie Richard is a freelance art historian. Educated at the Ecole du Louvre and the Sorbonne in Paris, she worked in the art world in New York before moving to London where she is now based. She has travelled to Japan many times during the last 10 years. Passionate about Japanese arts and culture, she set to explore the country’s many museums. In the course of her research she has interviewed museum curators and directors, visiting over 100 venues across the country. Her articles on Japanese museums have appeared in magazines in America and the United Kingdom. Her first book, The art lover’s guide to Japanese Museums, was published by the Japan Society in February 2014.

Date: Tuesday 8 April 2014, 6.00 – 8.00pm
Venue: The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, 13 / 14 Cornwall Terrace, London NW1 4QP

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