Hours: 11:00-18:00 (23:00 on Sat.)
1F (A Room/B Room): Free admission
2F Takai Yoshikazu Exhibition (Closed Mon-Wed.)
Adults: 200yen Children:100yen Fan Club Members: Free
Courtyard/Yumeiro Music Hall
The Yumeiro Museum, located in Fujiidera, is housed in a building
called a _machiya_ that was built some 120 years ago in 1877.
This is the family residence of museum director, Tanaka Katsuaki,
whose regular occupation is publishing. It was first opened
as a museum exactly six years ago. The central area on the
first floor is a gallery space. On the second floor, there
is a permanent exhibition of works by Takai Yoshikazu that
requires an admission fee. In the courtyard, there is a big
stage and the Yumeiro Music Hall, which can hold up to 50
The facility first came to my attention when Toyama Yuriko,
who I came to know last year, played a concert there. But
despite my interest in the museum, I never had a chance to
go there. As it happened, I decided to go after receiving
an invitation from the beeswax artist, Hiro, who was showing
his work at the Machiya Flower Festival Exhibition.
This was also the first time I had ever been to the Fujiidera
area. On that first visit, I took part in a mini-party that
was being given during the exhibition period. There was a
large, wooden table in the cafe at the back of the building,
where the artists had gathered to have a few drinks and a
pleasant chat. They told me that Saturdays are wide open like
this until nighttime. Tanaka himself is a very friendly fellow
who loves to talk. As the name of the place implies, the people
there were filled with dreams.
Magatama Do, who I had met face-to-face for the first time
recently, also showed up and it proved to be a very enjoyable
Some days later, I made a return visit in the afternoon.
This time the atmosphere of the _machiya_ was a bit different
and since the weather was nice, there was a good breeze blowing
through the space. At the music hall in the rear, there was
quite a bustle as everyone gathered to take part in Kokubu
Yumiko's "handmade class."