Tomihiro Art Museum was established in Azuma-machi, Midori City, where he was born and raised. The museum exhibits a great number of his water-color pictures depicting the preciousness of nature as well as his heart-warming poems. Azuma town, where Mr. Hoshino creates most of his work, is blessed with an abundance of seasonal flowers, deep green mountains and a blue sky. His sensitivities were nurtured by this beautiful environment.
Mr. Tomihiro Hoshino was born in 1946 in Azuma village (presently called Azuma town), Gunma Prefecture. He graduated from Gunma University in 1970 and became a gymnastics teacher at a junior high school. At age 24, he severely injured his neck while coaching a gymnastics club and he became paralyzed from the neck down. He was not only physically injured but he was also affected emotionally and mentally, feeling that his life lost meaning after the incident. But, one day at the hospital, a nursing student asked him what he wanted to do the most right now. He answered, “I want to write letters to my friends, but I can’t use my hands”. The nurse replied, "…but, you have a mouth!"
This was his turning point. With the help of his mother, he started practicing how to write, draw and paint with a paintbrush in his mouth.
After spending a total of nine years in the hospital, he finally returned to his home town. Although he knew the scenery of Azuma village very well, he felt as if it were his first time seeing the view because it was incredibly beautiful.
In the spring of 1991, he accumulated enough art work to found the Tomihiro Art Museum. The museum was designed to complement the surrounding nature of Azuma town.
Once you step inside the museum, you will always be welcomed by Mr. Hoshino’s pleasing art work. Despite of his insuperable hardship, he finds joy and happiness in everyday things and produces fascinating art, which encourages people to have more appreciation in their lives.
In 2010, the Tomihiro Art Museum celebrated its 20th anniversary and six million visitors.
Business hours: 9:00 ~ 17:00 (Admission not allowed after 16:30)
From December to March, the museum will be closed on Mondays. If a national holiday is on a Monday, the following Tuesday will be closed. The museum may temporarily close during December 26 ~ January 4.
Admission fees: 500 yen for adults, 300 yen for elementary and junior high school students, free for children under elementary school age
Address: 86 Kusaki Azuma-machi Midori City, Gunma Prefecture 376-0302
TEL: 0277-95-6333 FAX: 0277-95-6100
Tomihiro Art Museum