Uguisudani

 

Uguisudani Station lies on the JR East Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines in the Uguisudani district of Taito Ward of Tokyo.

 

Uguisudani , which literally means “Valley of the Nightingales” because of the many nightingales that were once found here, is a quiet neighborhood of an older part of Tokyo. Its narrow streets still have some of the older wooden houses, giving them a feel of the Edo era. Today Uguisudani is mainly known for its love hotels, making the place very lively at night, much different than what it is during the day.

 

Located 5 minutes from Uguisudani Station is the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music.

 

Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music

 

The Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music was established in 1949 by merging Tokyo Fine Arts School and Tokyo Music School, both founded in 1887. Till 1963, this university, which only offered undergraduate courses till then, also started offering masters degrees. In 1977, research and doctoral degrees were added. In 2005, the Graduate School of Film and New Media was established in Yokohama City.

 

The University's Faculty of Fine Arts has 9 departments – the Departments of Japanese Painting; Oil Painting; Sculptures; Crafts; Design; Architecture; Aesthetics and Art History; Inter-media Art; and Conservation. The Faculty of Fine Arts also offers graduate courses in all the different art disciplines, has an Institute of Ancient Art Culture, and a Photography Center. The Faculty of Music has 11 departments - the Departments of Composition; Vocal Music; Piano; Organ; String Instruments; Percussion Instruments; Early Music; Conducting; Musicology; Traditional Japanese Music; and Musical Creativity and Environment. The Faculty of Music also offers graduate courses in all the various disciplines and has a Center for Music Research besides offering non-degree performance courses.

 

The studies of the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music are spread over 3 campuses – Uguisudani, Toride Cityin Ibaraki Prefecture, and Senju. The Uguisudani Campus is located a 5 minute walk from Uguisudani Station.

The Uguisudani Campus is also home to the popular University Art Museum.

  

University Art Museum

 

The University Art Museum is housed in the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music's Uguisudani Campus. It displays all the art materials collected by the University over the years for its study and research. Besides works of famous artists and craftsmen, the collection also includes items by university teachers and students. With over 28,000 artifacts, the University Art Museum today has the largest collection of art objects in the whole of Japan. Twenty-two of these items have been named ‘national treasures' of the country.

 

The museum consists of the main building, the Chinretsukan Gallery, Masaki Memorial Gallery and the Toride Annex. The main building has 3 sections – one for exhibitions, one for storage, and one for research. There is also a cafeteria, a museum shop, and a painting materials shop in the building. The Chinretsukan Gallery is used for special exhibitions and the Masaki Memorial Gallery displays Japanese paintings and artwork. The Toride Annex has a photo studio, a multi-purpose hall and an administration office. Artworks are also displayed on the annex walls.

 

The University Art Museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Mondays. Entrance fee is 300 yen for adults and 100 yen for students.
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