About the Museum
Tabata was an agricultural village until around the middle of the Meiji period (1868-1912).
After opening the Tokyo School of Fine Arts School (present name: Tokyo University of the Arts) in Ueno, 1889, young artists started to move to Tabata to be near Ueno. For example, in 1900 Misei (Houan) Kosugi [Painter; 1881-1964], in 1903 Hazan Itaya [Potter; 1872-1963], in 1909 Hotsuma Katori [Metalworker, Poet; 1874-1954] and so on, moved in. This was known as “the Village of Artists”.
Ryunosuke Akutagawa [Novelist; 1892-1927] moved to Tabata in 1914 when he was a student of the Tokyo Imperial University (present name: University of Tokyo), after which many novelists and poets moved, for example Saisei Murou [Poet, Novelist; 1889-1962] in 1916. This was known as “the Village of Writers”.
“The Village of Writers and Artists” flourished until a lot of people were driven out by an air raid in 1945 during the Second World War.
In our museum we exhibit their works, manuscripts and letters, as well as hold events such as lectures and guide walk meetings, in order to introduce the fruits of their labour and way of life.
10:00~17:00 *Last Admission 16:30
Closed on Mondays * Tuesday and Wednesday if Monday is a National holiday
/The next day of a National holiday *next Tuesday if a National holiday is a weekend
/New Year holidays (29.Dec.~3.Jan.)
◆Address and route◆
1minute on foot from the north gate of JR Tabata station