Issue No.10, Spring 2010: Assets of the New Hamamatsu City
Since the merger of surrounding towns and cities to become the new Hamamatsu City, the boundaries of this city have extended to include a wide range of natural, artistic and cultural assets which have made it even more attractive to both locals and international visitors alike. The Akino Fuku Art Museum, the Honda Soichiro Craftmanship Center and Manyo-no Mori Park are a few examples of these.
The Akino Fuku Art Museum opened in 1998, and is a gallery displaying the works of Akino Fuku, a Japanese artist who established a new form of Japanese painting known as �gsozobijyutsu�h (creative arts). She has won several artistic and cultural awards for her artworks, and what makes them unique is the inspiration she drew from her many years spent abroad in India, Afghanistan, Nepal and Cambodia, which you can clearly see from her displays at the gallery.
The Museum is split into two sections, consisting of her permanent exhibits and visiting exhibits which change regularly. In August 2010, the 3rd
Enshunanshin Art Exhibition was on display featuring the works of ten local and upcoming artists under the theme of �gMarkings�h. (Please check their website for the visiting exhibit.) The permanent exhibits also have special themes which change regularly. The upcoming themed exhibits are:
Oct. 2010 - 14th
Nov. 2010:�gAkino Fuku, Kajiwara Hisako, Kitagiwa Eigetsu Trio Exhibition�h
Feb. 2011 - 27th
Mar 2011 �gMiyawaki Ayako Applique Exhibhition�h
Open Space in the Akino Fuku
Apart from her artworks, the unique architecture of the gallery itself makes it a worthwhile visit, such as the pillars made from Tenryu cedar, traditional stucco walls and wisteria straw matting. The peacefulness and cool draft of the gallery makes you just want to stay and soak up the atmosphere. Pictured here, there is an area in the gallery where you can do just that.
Honda Soichiro Craftsmanship
After a relaxing stroll through the gallery, you can also pop by the Honda Soichiro Craftmanship Center only a few minutes walk away. This museum houses the history and works of the founder of Honda, a world renowned manufacturer of automobiles who holds his roots in the Tenryu area of Hamamatsu City. This museum provides an interesting insight into his persevering spirit that led him to be the first Japanese person to be inaugurated into America�fs Automobile Hall of Fame.
A specially designed underground well, dating back to the Edo period which creates sounds of the water echoing as it drips below.
After satisfying your artistic and cultural senses, finish off with one of Hamamatsu�fs distinct natural assets, the Manyo-no Mori Park. The Manyo-No-Mori Park is not just any park. It is unique in that it is one of the countryi�Ls handful of parks which grows species of plants that appears in the Manyoshu - Collection of Ten Thousand Leaves, the oldest collection of Japanese poetry which dates back to the Nara Period, and is one of the most revered pieces of poetic writing in Japanese history. This park contains up to 300 plant varieties which are mentioned in the 1500 entries of the Manyoshu, and depending on the season, you can also view seasonal flowers such as Japanese maple, camellia, and red star lily. If you are also a literature buff, you will appreciate the park even more, as each plant is furnished with a verse of poetry selected from the Collection.
Where the Kyokusui no En Festival is
performed at Manyo-No Mori Park.
To fully immerse yourself into the Manyo culture, this park holds an annual event known as the Hamakita Manyo �gKyokusui no En�h Festival which is in its 17th
year (in 2010). This festival was performed by the aristocrats of the Heian period who gathered at temple gardens to enjoy reading waka (Japanese poems) and drinking lacquered cups of sake as it floats down the river. At this festival, you have the chance to wear the traditional clothes of the Manyo period and reenact this event as it was more than 1300 years ago.
Next time you visit Japan, stop by to see these breathtaking spots which Hamamatsu has to offer!
Akino Fuku Museum
Admission Fee: ¥520 (adults), ¥210 (children).
Hours: 9:30am - 5pm (Closed Mondays)
Address: 130 Futamata, Futamata-cho, Tenryu-ku, Hamamatsu
Honda Soichiro Craftmanship Center
Admission Fee: Free
Hours: 10-4:30pm (Closed Mondays, Tuesdays)
Address: 1112 Futamata, Futamata-cho, Tenryu-ku, Hamamatsu
Manyo-no Mori Park
Admission Fee: Free
Hours: 9-5pm (Closed Mondays)
Address: 5051-1 Hiraguchi, Hamakita-ku, Hamamatsu