Visit to Kyoto Potter Kawai Kanjiro Home and Studio Museum

Greetings from Kyoto

Today I visited the home and studio of Kanjiro Kawai, one of Kyoto — and Japan’s — greatest artists. Kawai passed in 1966 but his work is still extremely popular among Japanese and Japanese pottery aficionados. I had known of Kawai’s work but somehow didn’t realize that he had lived and worked in Kyoto. I suppose one would be forgiven for finding his work decidedly un-Kyoto. Kawai is a prominent figure in the Mingei, or Japanese folk art movement.

This was my second visit to the museum in about as many weeks. It is one of the best places to visit in Kyoto, if you are at all interested in Japanese ceramics and pottery. The interior of the house is unlike any other Japanese house as it was designed and built to Kawai’s simple, aesthetic ideals.

Kawai Kanjiro’s House (河井寛次郎記念館)
Kawai Kanjiro’s House is located on a narrow lane one block west of Higashi Oji Street and south of Gojo Street. Best to check the location on Google Map below.
website: Kawai Kanjiro Kinenkan (Japanese language only)
tel: 075-561-3585
address: Kyoto-shi, Higashiyama-ku, Gojozaka, Kanei-cho 569 (京都市東山区五条坂鐘鋳町569)
entrance fee: 900 yen
opening hours: 10 am – 5 pm (last entrance 4:30pm)
closed: Mondays (and following day if Monday is a holiday)

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