Adachi Museum of Art: An Earthly Paradise

Japan is dotted with nearly 900 traditional gardens, but none of them compares to the beauty of the garden of the Adachi Museum of Art. Go there for the paintings, stay for the lush greenery

  • Adachi Museum of Art: An Earthly Paradise
  • Adachi Museum of Art: An Earthly Paradise
  • Adachi Museum of Art: An Earthly Paradise
  • Adachi Museum of Art: An Earthly Paradise
  • Adachi Museum of Art: An Earthly Paradise

In 2017, for the 15th year running, the Adachi Art Museum was elected the best traditional garden in Japan by The Journal of Japanese Gardening, the American publication devoted to the special world of Japanese gardens and Japanese architecture.
The Adachi Museum of Art, centred on modern Japanese paintings, was established in 1970 in the city of Yasugi, Shimane prefecture, It was completed in September and opened to the public in November of the same year. It currently houses 130 works by Yokoyama Taikanand it is also renowned for its gardens. Yasugi was the birthplace of Zenkō Adachi, the founder of the museum.
Zenkō began working as a coal haulier between the countryside and Yasugi Harbour. He developed a keen interest in business and after the Second World War he took on several jobs, including textile wholesaler in Osaka and estate agent. At the same time, he began collecting works by Japanese painters, something he had loved since his youth, and eventually became known as an art collector. Throughout his life, Zenkō delighted in designing gardens. Finally, in 1970, at the age of 70, as a sign of gratitude to his hometown and aiming to enhance the cultural development of Shimane prefecture, Adachi established the Adachi Museum of Art.
Adachi’s passion for collecting art was well known, but perhaps his greatest accomplishment was his 1979 acquisition of several works by Taikan Yokoyama from the Kitazawa Collection, including Autumn LeavesMountains After A Shower, and Summer - Four Seasons Of The Sea.
Zenkō Adachi considered the garden as a picture scroll and had horizontal viewing panels installed, through which visitors can enjoy the ever-changing beauty of the garden. After his death at the age of 91 in 1990, the garden, which is divided into six sections totally about 165,000 square metres, was officially designated as one of Japan’s most representative gardens. The six gardens have a different appearance in every season, framed in the beautiful landscape of the surrounding natural mountains. Adachi’s gardens are said to be a living Japanese painting and gained three stars in the Michelin Green Guide Japan.

Author : The Slowear Journal


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