Musee Le Vent (museum in Karuizawa)

July 16th, 2011 by
Category: Cuisine, Culture Art, Events, Experience, Information, Miscellaneous, Shopping, Sightseeing

 

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From 2011 exhibition.
“Kao” (Face) by Masanari Murai.
 
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From 2011 exhibition.
“Soratobuie” (Flying house)
by Yoji Kuri.

“Musee Le Vent” is a museum in Karuizawa related to a school called Bunka Gakuin.  The museum building is a reproduction of Bunka Gakuin’s school building at the time of foundation in 1921.  Designed by Isaku Nishimura, the school founder and the artist, the museum is in the British cottage style with a beautiful garden, from which you can see Mt. Asama well.

The museum offers two exhibitions, one with its permanent collection and the other with a themed special collection.  The permanent exhibition includes works of Isaku Nishimura and of artists related to Bunka Gakuin, such as Kaoru Yamaguchi, the painter, and Akiko Yosano, the poet.  As for the special exhibition, the theme of the year 2011 is “Flowering of Individuality — small and good things (Isaku Nishimura’s words) —“.  The special exhibition is now showing works of graduates of Bunka Gakuin, who became first-class artists after graduation, such as Masanari Murai, Yoji Kuri and Setsu Nagasawa.

I would like to add that the museum has a very nice cafe that has a spacious terrace facing the charming lawn garden.  You can enjoy great food, cakes and drinks.  The cafe and the neighboring museum shop can be entered without museum admission tickets, so you can drop in and enjoy relaxing time anytime.   The museum also holds several concerts in August.  Why not come to Karuizawa to spend a wonderful time in Musee Le Vent this summer and autumn? 

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Musee Le Vent is located in the quiet greenery setting in the southern part of Karuizawa.
 
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A menu from Cafe Le Vent. The quiche with smoked salmon and asparagus is delicious.
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Museum shop Le Vent sells a selection of art goods.

 

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From 2011 exhibition. "Aoitaitsude" (In blue tights) by Setsu Nagasawa.

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The rice omelet is a popular menu at Le Vent Cafe.

Name of the facility Musee Le Vent
Description of business Museum, shop, cafe
Tel 0267-46-1911 / 03-3401-8896 (Tokyo office)
Fax 0267-46-1910 / 03-3401-8896 (Tokyo office)
Email info@levent.or.jp
URL
Address 957-10, Nagakura, Karuizawa-machi, Kitasaku-gun, Nagano-ken, 389-0111, Japan
How to contact Tel, fax or email.
Access 15 minutes by taxi from Karuizawa Station of JR Nagano Shinkansen or Shinano Tetsudo (Shinano Railway) or 5 minutes by taxi from Nakakaruizawa Station of Shinano Tetsudo. 12 kilometers from Usui Karuizawa Interchange.
Operating hours 10:00 – 17:00 from the mid June to the beginning of November.  Closed on Wednesday (no closure from July 15 to September 15).
Rates and other prices [Admission to the museum]

  • Adults: JPY800
  • University and senior high students: JPY600
  • Junior high and elementary students: JPY400

* Discount available for groups of 15 or more and for the disabled.

General information of Karuizawa Contact Karuizawa Tourist Information Offices: TEL: 0267-42-5538 (Karuizawa Kanko Kaikan) / 0267-42-2491 (Karuizawa Station) / 0267-45-6050 (Naka Karuizawa Station). http://karuizawa-kankokyokai.jp/ (Click “English” button.)

2 Responses to “Musee Le Vent (museum in Karuizawa)

  1. Thanks for this information! Do you work from a tourist office in Karuizawa? I have just moved here from Los Angeles and our house is very close to the Museé Le Vent so I was curious about it. We should check it out soon :)

  2. Dear Ms. Akiko da Silva,
    Thank you for your comment. Welcome to Karuizawa! As for your question, my office is a member of Karuizawa Tourist Association (tourist office), but I ‘m not physically working in the tourist office. Please click my name under “Bloggers” for more info. I hope you’ll enjoy Musee Le Vent and Karuizawa.