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布袋軒 三谷 / 旧平櫛田中邸 二階 和室

Futaiken San'ya / Denchu Hirakushi's House 2nd Floor [tatami room]



Plum blossoms on the shoji door. A sign that he WAS here.


布袋軒 三谷」


"Futaiken Sanya"

The honkyoku called "Sanya" have been preserved in various parts of Japan. In addition to "三谷," various other characters are used, such as "山谷" and "産安." Even though the name is the same each piece has a completely different tune depending on the region it has been handed down, so it can be called a different music. This tune originates from Futaiken, the old komuso temple in Sendai. While the melody is one of forlorn, the glimpse of elegant, light anhemitonic pentatonic scale adds a touch of sophistication to the tune.

「旧平櫛田中邸アトリエ 2階和室」


"Hirakushi Denchu's house/atelier, Japanese-style room"

"Hirakushi Denchu's house/atelier" is the house of a sculptor, the late Hirakushi Denchu (1872-1979) who pioneered modern Japanese sculpture. He lived in the house from 1919 to 1970 applying himself to sculpting. Born in Ibara city in Okayama prefecture, he left for Tokyo in 1897 to become a sculptor. Encouraged by Okakura Tenshin, he became a standard-bearer of modern sculpture. To work on one of his masterpieces, Tensho, an atelier was built in 1919 and his residence in 1922 in Uenosakuragi in Daito city, supported by Yokoyama Taikan and Shimomura Kanzan who both were kindred spirits of the Japan Visual Arts Academy. In comparison to the first floor that is the most advanced modern atelier of its time, the second floor Japanese-style room was built with traditional techniques of the Taisho-era that remain almost completely intact.

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