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Nihon Mingei-Kan (Japanese Folk Crafts Museum), Tokyo
Tel: 81 3 3467 4527
Concierge.com's insider take:
A wonderful museum devoted to mingei or folk art, the Nihon Mingei-kan was founded by scholar Soetsu Yanagi in 1936. The mingei movement highlighted the beauty of simple, regional crafts that were in danger of being lost in the thrust for modernization. It was started by Yanagi and his friends, the potters Bernard Leach, Hamada Shoji, and Kawai Kanjiro. A visit to the museum's traditional wooden building is a treat, removed as it is from the noise of nearby Shibuya. The collection includes ceramics and textiles and other handcrafted objects from all over Japan as well as items from China, Korea, the United States, and European countries.