Walking down Omotesando Street away from Meiji Jingu, you can see a dark colored building surrounded by thin bamboo trees on the right. It is Nezu Museum, based on the private collection of a railway tycoon, Nezu Kaichiro (1860-1940). In May each year, the season of iris and fresh green, the museum holds an exhibition of special works; Ogata Korin’s 'Irises' and Suzuki Kiitsu’s 'Mountain Stream' plus some others. We can enjoy both natural beauty in the garden and artistic beauty inside at the same time. The garden is a pond excursion style Japanese garden, making the best use of a hilly configuration. There are teahouses, small shrines, and lots of stone statues scattered around the garden. When you are tired, have a break at the café amongst the greenery. Korin's 'Irises' is exhibited for only one month every year from around mid April to mid May. (See the museum exhibition schedule details.)
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。