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Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
Until Aug. 10: Contemporary Artists in Kyoto: ''Hymn of Nature'' by Ichihara Yoshiyuki: Insho Domoto (1891-1975) is ranked as one of Japan's top 20th-century painters; during his long and highly productive career he became renown for both his impressionist and abstract work; 9:30-17:00 (enter by 16:30); closed Mon.; 500 yen; Tel: 075-463-0007.

Nishijin Textile Center
Kyoto kimono and obi textile arts; The center features a working Jacquard loom, an hourly kimono show, and many Nishijin textile products; 9:00-17:00; Tel: 075-451-9231.

Urasenke Center
This center, the headquarters of Japan's leading tea ceremony school, regularly features exhibitions related to Chado, the Way of Tea; for details visit their website; 9:30-16:30; closed Mon.; 800 yen; Tel: 075-431-6474.


Kawai Kanjiro's House
The fascinating home and studio of mingei (folk craft) potter/designer Kawai Kanjiro (1890-1966); 10:00-17:00, closed Mon.; 900 yen; Tel: 075-561-3585.

Kodaiji Sho Museum
Many priceless pieces of artistic maki-e (lacquer ware sprinkled with gold or silver powder) possessed by Kodai-ji Temple and historical artifacts; 9:30-18:00 (until 22:00 during Kodai-ji Temple's nighttime opening); 300 yen (600 yen for combination ticket with Kodai-ji Temple); Tel: 075-561-1414.

Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum
Until August 17: The super detailed Netsuke of Bakumatsu and Meiji period: This exhibition features elegant and gorgeous works of writing materials; The Kiyomizu Sannenzaka Museum is the first museum in Japan to build a permanent collection of metalwork, cloisonne, maki-e lacquerware and Kyoto Satsumaware artworks from the late Edo to the early Meiji period (17-19th century); 10:00-17:00; Closed: Mon. & Tues.; 800 yen.

Memorial Museum of Kondo Yuzo
Kondo Yuzo (1902-1985) is known for his exquisite pottery glaze paintings; 10:00-17:00; closed Wed.; 500 yen; Tel: 075-561-2917.


Kyoto Shibori Kogeikan
Until Aug. 31: Exhibition of 9 World Heritage Sites made with Shibori dyeing works: Learn traditional shibori dyeing (a Japanese tie-dye textile technique); The experience takes about 90 min.; 3,000 yen; Reservations required; They also have kimono and scarves in their craft shop; 9:00-17:00; Closed irregularly; Tel: 075-221-4252.

Horino Memorial Museum
At this museum, formerly the residence of the founder of Kinshi Masamune (one of Japan's most respected sake producers), visitors can see how sake is made and enjoy the taste of freshly brewed sake; 300 yen; 11:00-17:00 (beer hall: 11:00-21:00); closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-223-2072.


Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
Until June 29: Rosanjin Kitaoji Exhibition: Rosanjin produced a variety of highly individualistic works in almost all fields of arts and crafts, including pottery, calligraphy, painting and seal-engraving and each and every one of his works is quite unique and no one but Rosanjin would have been able to create them; This fantastic private museum, in the Gion district, has four, serene floors of wonderful Japanese paintings, a few exquisite works of sculpture, and a tea ceremony room facing a roof-top moss garden; 10:00-17:30 (entry until 17:00); Closed: Mon.; 1,000 yen; Tel: 075-525-1311.

Yasui Kompira Emado Museum
An extraordinary collection of ema, a common form of hand-painted wooden shrine votive prayer tablet; 10:00-16:00, closed Mon.; 500 yen; Tel: 075-561-5127.


Hosomi Museum
July 8 - Sep.28: Demitasse Cosmos: A demi-tasse cup and saucer made by European artisans will be exhibited; 1,100 yen; ''Koko-an'', a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room, on the top floor of the museum, offers visitors a chance to experience tea ceremony; The facilities also include a fine museum shop, cafe & restaurant; 10:00-18:00; Closed: Mon. (or Tues. if Mon. is a natl. holiday); 1,000 yen; Tel: 075-752-5555.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
July 5- Sep. 7: Balthus: A Retrospective: The works of Balthus, regarded as the ''last maestro of the 20th century'', equal to Picasso, will be exhibited; 1,500 yen; 9:00-17:00 (enter by 16:30); Closed: Mon. except natl. holidays; Tel: 075-771-4107

Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts
Exhibits and information related to all of Kyoto's craft traditions: including educational videos and a small library; guidance available in English, Chinese and Korean; Traditional Craft Demonstrations: Every day (except for Mon.) from 10:00 to 16:30, visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work; Maiko Dance: Dance performances by real maiko; every Sun., from 14:00-15:30 (3 performances); 9:00-17:00; free of charge; Tel: 075-762-2670.

Namikawa Cloisonne Museum of Kyoto
Namikawa Yasuyuki (1845-1927) is considered to be Japan's leading modern master of cloisonne (enamelware); The museum includes exhibits of his work and entry to his former residence and studio; 10:00-16:30; closed Mon. & Thurs.; 600 yen; Tel: 075-752-3277.

National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Until July 6: UEMURA Shoko Exhibition: Featuring some 70 representative paintings by Uemura Shoko from his early to late years; 1,300 yen; July 19 - Aug. 24: KYOTO, Re-creation of Reminiscence - Lacquerware in Modern Japan; 900 yen; Permanent: Paintings, ceramics, sculptures, prints and photos by Japanese and foreign artists; 9:30-17:00 (until 20:00 on Fri.); closed: Mon. (except April 28th); 430 yen; Tel: 075-761-4111.


Raku Museum
Until July 21: The Standard Edition: Raku successive Generations – 450-Year History of Raku Ware – Traditional and Innovation: The book entitled ''The Standard Edition: Raku Successive Generations'' published last year covers a selection of 203 pieces representing the work of all the Raku generations from the founder Raku Chojiro to the contemporary, Raku Kichizaemon XV, the current head, and Raku Atsundo, the future successor; This museum collection consisting primarily of ceramics made by successive heads of the Raku family, related documents and tea utensils passed down over the generations of more than 450 years of its history; 10:00-16:30; Closed: Mon. (except na'l holiday); 1,000 yen; Tel: 075-414-0304.


Kyoto Art Center
The Kyoto Art Center was set up to support young artists and encourages the preservation of Kyoto's traditional arts; Quiet cafe/bar on the 1st floor; 10:00-20:00; Tel: 075-213-1000.

The Museum of Kyoto
Until July 21: Kuroda Seiki: Ninety Years On - A great master of Japanese modern western-style painting: 1,200 yen; Permanent: 500 yen; Kyoto art and craft masterworks, film and theatre exhibits, Kyoto archaeological artifacts, local crafts and more; The museum building also has a section of quality shops, restaurants and cafes; 10:00-18:00 (until 19:30 on Fri.); Closed: Mon. & the day after natl. holidays; Tel: 075-222-0888.

Kyoto International Manga Museum
Until Aug. 31: 18,000 Original Manga Drawings by TSUCHIDA SEIKI: Japan's first museum dedicated to the world of manga comics; A collection of more than 300,000 manga and related materials; 10:00-18:00; Closed: Wed.; 800 yen; Tel: 075-254-7414.


Museum Eki KYOTO (7F Isetan Dept. Store)
Until July 27: Masterpieces from Yamadera Goto Museum of Art: This small museum in the Isetan department store regularly holds special exhibitions; 10:00-20:00 (until 17:00 on the last day); Tel: 075-352-1111.

Kyoto National Museum
Until June 15: Pilgrimage through Minami Yamashiro: Early Buddhist Art of Southern Kyoto: Minami Yamashiro, in this serene country side where situating between Nara and Kyoto, old temples and shrines are preserved and the exhibition features famous eleven-faces Kannon statue and other precious Buddhist arts, etc.; 1,500 yen; 9:30-18:00 (enter by 17:30; until 20:00 on Fri.); Closed Mon.; Tel: 075-525-2473.

Saga/Arashiyama AREA

The Ogura Hyakunin Isshu is an anthology of 100 excellent Japanese poems written by different 100 poets; At this museum visitors can experience the world of the elegant Heian period (794-1185), as well as interesting visual displays; Heian-period costume experience & photo shooting available; 10:00-17:00 (entry until 16:30); Closed Mon.; 500 yen; Tel: 075-882-1111.


Miho Museum
July 19 - Aug. 17: ''The Miho Merciful Mother Kannon and the Lotus Miroku: Two Tapestries'': For the first time, co-exhibiting the greatest of modern tapestry created by Kawashima Selkon Textiles Co., Ltd., Tapestry ''MIHO's Merciful Mother Kannon'' and Tapestry ''Lotus Miroku'' and other related great masterpieces; The Miho Museum, designed by the world-renowned architect I. M. Pei, opened in November 1997; The museum's stunning collection includes Japanese tea ceremony art, Buddhist art, Japanese ceramics, and masterpiece works from ancient civilizations the world over; 10:00-17:00 (entry until 16:00); closed Mon. & between exhibitions; 1,100 yen; Tel: 0748-82-3411.

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Until July 27: TETSUYA NOGUCHI EXHIBITION HISTORICAL ODYSSEY: He is the one of the most remarkable young artists of his generation, that he makes samurai figures and other figurines made of modern materials, such as synthetic resin and plastics, in order to create a fictional but realistic world; A fine museum set in a vast garden; The annex was designed by Tadao Ando and is home to a water lily Monet original; The works by Kanjiro Kawai, Shoji Hamada, Bernard Leach and other Japan's mingei artists are exhibited; 10:00-17:00 (entry until 16:30); Closed: Mon.; 900 yen; A 15-min. walk from JR Yamazaki Stn. or Hankyu Oyamazaki Stn.; Tel: 075-957-3123.

Gekkeikan Okura Sake Museum
This museum introduces the fascinating history of sake brewing through its valuable collection of traditional brewing tools and other interesting exhibits related to the production of sake; sake tasting is also part of the museum tour; 9:30-16:30; 300 yen; Closed mid. Aug. & at the end and beginning of the year; Tel: 075-623-2056.

Byodo-in Museum Hosho-kan
Byodo-in Temple's (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) museum is considered to be the first modern temple museum in Japan; It was designed to securely house the temple's many national treasures in a facility suitable for public viewing; The museum also has a superb gift shop; 9:00-17:00; 600 yen; Tel: 0774-21-2861.

Kyoto International Community House
A wide variety of facilities and services; Library, computer/internet area, CNN, coffee shop, notice/ad boards, and free immigration/legal consulting services; 9:00-21:00; Closed: Mon.; Tel: 752-3010.