Japan Museums: Mitsui Memorial Museum
Mitsui Memorial Museum, Tokyo - 三井記念美術館
The Mitsui Memorial Museum opened in 2005 in the historic Mitsui Main Building not far from Tokyo Station.
The Mitsui Memorial Museum is dedicated to Japanese and Asian art and the core of the collection was formerly the Mitsui Bunko Museum of Art, which consisted of over 4,000 of the family treasures of the Muromachi Mitsui family collected by the various branches of the Mitsui family over three centuries.
Exhibits include priceless tea ceremony and incense utensils, furnishings, textiles, paintings by the celebrated Edo Period artist Maruyama Okyo, swords, Noh drama costumes and masks, over 130,000 postage stamps and various pieces of calligraphy by such brush masters as Fujiwara no Teika.
The museum is housed in the Mitsui Main Building, built in 1929, though entrance is through the lobby of the modern Nihonbashi Mitsui Tower next door.
One of the rooms that houses the exhibits is the beautiful wood-paneled old boardroom of the Mitsui Group.
The Mitsui Memorial Museum's space also includes a cafe, lecture room and museum shop.
Getting to the Mitsui Memorial Museum
Mitsui Memorial Museum
Mitsui Main Building, 7th Floor, Nihonbashi Muromachi 2-1-1, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 103-0022
Tel: 03 5777 8600
Admission: Adults 1000 yen
Hours: 10am-5pm; (closed Monday)