Enjoy contemporary art at Kahitsukan in Gion
Kahitsukan is a 5-story museum of contemporary art located in the always popular Geisha district of Gion. The “kahitsu” in the name of this museum comes from a Chinese proverb meaning “not necessarily,” which is also the kind of free and questioning attitude the director of the museum would like all of us to have.
Their collections center on the works of the Japanese-style painter Kagaku Murakami, the western-style painter Kaoru Yamaguchi, and the works of Rosanjin Kitaoji, whose work ranges from pottery and seal-engraving to paintings. In their collection, they also have all kinds of works by contemporary artists from Japan and abroad, such as paintings, crafts, photographs, and calligraphy. The museum holds thematic exhibitions all through the year, where they display artwork from their collection according to that theme.
Inside the atmosphere of the museum is a completely different from the noisy buzz of the city surrounding it, and you can look at the works of art in peace. When you are sightseeing in Gion, I definitely hope you will also go to Kahitsukan.