Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden & Museum

By | 2016-10-25

Located just a short distance west of the famous Ginkakuji Temple, there is a garden&museum, called “Hakusasonsou”, which is a famous Japanese artist, Hashimoto Kansetsu’s private villa and garden.

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

There is his nameplate “Hashimoto” at the entrance.

Hashimoto Kansetsu(1883–1945) is a well-known  nihon-ga (Japanese style) painter.

First, he studied under Takeuchi Seihou (1864-1942), the leading figure in the Kyoto art community, but after a while, he began to search for a  new form of art, both in the East and the West. Traveling to China and Europe many times, and he finally established  a new genre of painting. Kansetsu’s paintings of animals are considered as masterpieces because the creatures depicted in them seem so vibrantly alive.

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

 

Hakusasonso is the largest artist’s private garden in Kyoto.

The interior design and layout of the mansion and garden itself were all personally designed by Kansetsu. He created this garden based on the idea of being deep in the quiet mountains, but still be located conveniently in the city. It was recognized as a national site of beauty in 2000.

There are so many stone sculptures he had collected  for half of his life.

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

This is a tea house built for his wife.

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kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

This pavilion is called “Nyohou-tei”, very comfortable place to rest. (Now you cannot enter inside, though)

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

This huge building was his ideal atelier, beside a beautiful pond.

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

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kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

This is his private Buddha statue hall.

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

Inside the garden, there is a museum called “Hashimoto Kansetsu Memorial Museum.”

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

When I visited I was lucky to see the autumn special exhibition.

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

From the veranda of the museum, you can see the Higashiyama and Hiei mountains.

kyoto, museum, hashimoto kansetsu, garden

For more information: Hashimoto Kansetsu Memorial Museum

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