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鈴木大拙館 D.T.Suzuki Museum

  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
  • Around Kanazawa
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  • ClosedMonday (The weekday when Monday is just after it when it's a holiday.), New year holidays December 29-January 3

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Around Kanazawa
3-4-20, Hondamachi, Kanazawa-shi, Ishikawa, 920-0964, Japan
  • Culture / Art / History (Museums)
Opening Hours
9:30-17:00 (The ticket office closes at 16:30)
Monday (The weekday when Monday is just after it when it's a holiday.), New year holidays December 29-January 3
Date of post:2016/02/24

Are you interested in the Zen culture?

  • Sightseeing

D.T. Suzuki Museum is a place where you can learn about Daisetsu Teitaro SUZUKI and study his mind and thoughts. D.T. Suzuki was a Buddhist philosopher. He was born in Kanazawa and wrote many books about Zen Buddhism and Japanese culture. He was fluent in English and lectured in the US and Europe. With "The book of Tea" by Tenshin OKAKURA and "Bushido" by Inazo NITOBE, it is said that his book, "Zen and Japanese culture" used to be read like a textbook.

The museum consists of three wings and three gardens which are connected by corridors. After the entrance, you walk through the interior corridor near the vestibule garden. You can see a camphor tree and explanation about this museum in both Japanese and English.

Although it is prohibited to take photos in the exhibition space and the learning space, you can see his data, photos and works of calligraphy. In the learning space, there is a table, chairs and his Japanese and English books.
After the learning space, you can mainly walk outside freely or stay in the contemplative space. The main feature of this museum is the water garden. It reflects the scenery around.
When I visited the museum, it made me think about "Zen and International culture" rather than "Zen and Japanese culture" this time. As far as I know, Steve Jobs is a recent person who was involved in Zen. There are some similarities between reaching enlightenment and coming up with an idea from nothing. The compact culture is also similar to the culture of tea ceremony.

Kanazawa city planned and organized this museum. Then, it was designed by Yoshio TANIGUCHI and his associates. Taniguchi redesigned the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Therefore, some people come here to view his architecture. Actually, this building also has similarity of the simplicity of modern art, specially minimalism or formalism like Donald Judd. You can also feel the simplicity of the zen culture. Besides, as for not only observation but also strolling and thinking, it is similar to contemporary art. The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa is about 10 minutes away by foot from this museum. Next to this museum, there is also Kanazawa Nakamura Memorial Museum. Please check them up.

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