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Kyoto Prefectural Insho Domoto Museum of Fine Arts
Until Nov. 29: Essence of Rimpa Appearing on Japanese Painting Circles in Kyoto - Humor and Wit-: On the occasion of the 400th anniversary of Rimpa in 2015, the exhibition aims to review the sophisticated and elegant sense of design originating in Rimpa in modern and contemporary Japanese Painting Circles in Kyoto. Featuring the two maestros, Sekka Kamisaka (1866-1942) and Insho Domoto (1891-1975) from the viewpoints of Humor and Wit; 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 Chado Research Center
This center, the headquarters of Japan's leading tea ceremony school, regularly features exhibitions related to Chado, the Way of Tea; 9:30-16:30; closed Mon.; 700 yen; (Special Exhibition: 1,000 yen) Tel: 075-431-6474.


Kawai Kanjiro's House
The fascinating home and studio of mingei (folk craft) potter/designer Kanjiro Kawai (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.

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 Museum
Until Dec. 23: A great shibori masterpieces of Unryu-zu (Dragon in the crowds): Learn traditional shibori dyeing (a Japanese tie-dye textile technique); The experience takes about 90 min.; 3,000 yen; Reservations required; 9:00- 17:00; 500 yen;Tel: 075- 221-4252


Kahitsukan Kyoto Museum of Contemporary Art
Until Dec. 13: Kitaoji Rosanjin Special Exhibition: Feature exhibition of Rosanjin, who produced a variety of highly individualistic works in almost all fields of arts and crafts, including pottery, calligraphy, paining and seal-engraving; 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; 10:00-18:00 (entry until 17:30); 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
Until Nov. 23: The Works of Kenzan: Rimpa Ceramics from the MIHO MUSEUM: 1,100 yen; ''Koko-an'', a traditional Japanese tea ceremony room, 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); Tel: 075-752-5555.

Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art
Until Jan. 5, 2016: Vermeer and Rembrandt: This exhibition sheds light on Johannes Vermeer and Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn, the great painters of the 17th century and about 60 works 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: visitors can observe experienced Kyoto craftsmen at work (Please enquire the museum for its schedule); Maiko Dance: Dance performances by real maiko; on the 3rd Sun. from 14:00-15:30 (3 performances); 9:00-17:00; Free of charge; Tel: 075- 762-2670.

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Until Nov. 23: 400th Anniversary of the Rinpa School: The ''RINPA'' Image: The exhibition features masterpieces of modern-contemporary art, including both works easily recognized as being of the Rinpa school and works which merely offer hints of having been influenced by the Rinpa style; 1,300 yen; 9:30-17:00 (entry until 16:30); until 20:00 on Fri. (entry by 19:30); Closed: Mon.; Tel: 075-761-411.


Raku Museum
Until Dec. 23: Autumn Special Exhibition: RIMPA 2015 (Rimpa 400 Year Celebration Festival) The Koetsu Factor: Tea bowls by Hon'ami Koetsu and the Legacy of his Genius: 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); 900 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 Nov. 23: Leonardo da Vinci and The Battle of Anghiari -The Mystery of Tavola Doria-: 1,300 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 (entry until 17:30); Until 19:30 on Fri. (enter by 19:00); Closed: Mon. & the day after natl. holidays; Tel: 075-222-0888.

Kyoto International Manga Museum
Until Nov. 3: RIMP-A NIMATION (Homage of Rimpa: Exhibition): In celebrating 400th year of Rimpa school this year, holding a collaborative exhibition/sale bridging Rinpa, manga, anime and the indigenous arts industry; free (a general admission ticket to the Museum is required); 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 Nov. 29: The Work of Sekka Kamisaka and Taro Yamamoto: This small museum in the Isetan department store regularly holds special exhibitions; 10:00-20:00 (enter by 17:30); Tel: 075-352-1111.

Kyoto National Museum
Until Nov. 23: Special Exhibition RINPA: The Aesthetics of The Capital: This exhibition features the National Treasure screens Wind God and Thunder God by Sōtatsu as well the very important later Wind God and Thunder God screens produced by Korin (Important Cultural Property) and by Hoitsu in homage. This is the first time in seventy-five years that all three sets of screens have been brought together for an exhibition in Kyoto; 1,500 yen; 9:30-18:00 (enter by 17:30); until 20:00 on Fri. (enter by 19:30); Closed Mon.; Tel: 075-525-2473; http://rinpa.exhn.jp/


Miho Museum
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 by 16:00); Closed Mon. & between exhibitions; 1,100 yen; Tel: 0748-82-3411.

The Kyocera Museum of Art
The museum is operated by Kyocera, one of the leading companies in Kyoto; they have a vast collections of art works including Japanese & Western paintings, potteries, sculptures and glass art pieces, and many more; 10:00-17:00; Free; Tel: 075-604-3416; 1F of Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum
Until Dec. 13: Generated Forms- Lucie RIE, Hans COPER and British Pottery: The exhibition looks at ''forms'' as a key to contemporary British pottery, presenting works by Lucie RIE and Hans COPER from the ceramic collection; A fine museum set in a vast garden; The annex ''Underground Jewelry Box'' was designed by Tadao Ando and is home to a ''Water Lilies'' Monet original; 10:00-17:00 (entry by 16:30); Closed: Mon.; 900 yen; A 10-min. walk from JR Yamazaki Stn. or Hankyu Oyamazaki Stn.; Tel: 075-957-3123 (information only in Japanese).

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 was designed to securely house the temple's many national treasures in a facility suitable for public viewing; 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.