Kamei Museum Collection

Butterflies, kokeshi dolls, and art

By Justin Velgus    - 1 min read

The Kamei Collection Museum is not your average art museum. While it does have a humble collection of paintings by local, national, and international artists, it is the downstairs exhibit areas which visitors remember the most. There you will find a display showcasing kokeshi dolls and information about them. However, the highlight of the museum is the massive collection of butterfly species from around the world. The brilliant wings of the now dead butterflies still glitter endlessly. There is even a picture made out of over 7000 wings from over 100 species displayed next to the staircase.

Located a ten minute walk from Sendai Station. Official website here.  

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Justin Velgus

Justin Velgus @justin.velgus

Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for JapanTravel.com since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai.   Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.