Takehisa Yumeji is generally known as a portrait painter of beautiful women. In 1919, eight years after his first encounter with the onsen town, Yumeji traveled to the Ikaho and Haruna areas for the first time. He fell in love with the beautiful scenery of Ikaho and Haruna and began to frequent there. In his final years, he built an atelier in Ikaho, which he had hoped to use as "Mt. Haruna Art Institute".
Takehisa Yumeji Ikaho Memorial was built on May 23, 1981 in Ikaho at the foot of Mt. Haruna. It has a collection of over 16,000 pieces of his artwork. They include Nagata Mikio's Yumeji collection of paintings, block prints, original Yukata summer kimono design drawings, diaries, sketches, etc. It organizes various exhibitions, events, and publications to introduce Yumeji's life and works of art. The vast property has three buildings and is often referred to as the "Forest of Taisho Romanticism" because Yumeji was the representative portrait painter of that era.
Here are brief explanations of each building.
Taisho Romantic Hall: Built in 1981, it was designed after one of Yumeji's book illustrations. The main exhibitions are "Haruna Sanfu" and "Aosanga".
Yumeji Kurofune Museum: The 3-story building was built when Yumeji's masterpiece, KUROFUNEYA, was donated to the museum on November 22, 1995. It looks western-style on the outside, but there is a touch of traditional Japanese-style architecture on the inside.
Giyamanrou: This is a museum built into a traditional Japanese-style building. No modern-day construction materials are used. The domestic timbers, washi papers, and shikkui cement plaster used are all made in Japan, and even the architectural style is genuinely Japanese. The Japanese garden is designed according to the Ogawa Jihe-e style. Giyamanrou also showcases Japanese traditional glassware from the Edo Period (1603-1868).
Takehisa Yumeji Ikaho Memorial
Location: 544-119 Ikaho-machi, Shibukawa
Hours: 9:00-18:00 (Closes at 17:00 from December to February)