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 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Last Admission is at 4:30 p.m..)
*If a national holiday or substitute holiday falls on, the museum is open on Monday and closed on following Tuesday and Wednesday instead.
Days following national holidays
*If Saturday or Sunday falls on, the museum is open on a day following national holidays and closed on Tuesday instead.
The year-end and New Year holidays (December 29 - January 3)
Also the museum is closed as occasion demands.
◆Address and route◆
6-1-2 Tabata, Kita-ku, Tokyo
2 minutes’walk from the north exit of JR Tabata station