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A long with other great collections accumulated by early industrialists such as the Goto, Seikado Bunko, Mitsui and Nezu museums, the Hatakeyama Memorial Museum of Fine Art is a hidden gem where only the very best is to be seen.

The founder, Issei Hatakeyama (1881-1971), was a renowned tea master and connoisseur of traditional arts who designed and built the present museum in 1964 to house his collection for public benefit. Sited in what was once an old noble’s estate near Takanawadai Station not far from the Gotanda district of Tokyo, the museum is a haven of peace where superb artworks can be appreciated at leisure. The only sounds to be heard are that of trickling water in the indoor tea garden and the breeze rustling the ancient pines outside.

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