|Closed||Mondays, except 1/11, and closed on 1/12|
|Hours||10 am to 5 pm
(entrance closed at 4:30 pm)
|General admission||Adult 1000 yen, Student 800 yen|
Together, pine, bamboo and plum formed an auspicious design that was widely used from the Muromachi period onward. However, even before that time the three motifs were individually significant to Japanese culture and to people’s lives.
The distinctive trunks and branches along with the evergreen needles of the pine tree conveyed an otherworldly power and the bamboo too, with its straight, verdant stalks and dignified form, seemed to possess a divine nature. People also felt something inexplicable and miraculous in the way the old plum tree seemed instilled with new life when its sweet flowers blossomed in an otherwise barren season.
We hope that these paintings and decorative art objects incorporating designs of the three motifs of pine, bamboo, and plum, both independently and in combination, will inspire a deeper appreciation of the felicitous symbolism and celebration of longevity that they embody.