Sakamoto Zenzo Museum of Art

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Mar 3, 2017

Known as the Grey Painter, and the Silent Man of the Orient, Sakamoto Zenzo was an abstract painter born and raised in Oguni, Kumamoto. Besides just having a whole bunch of cool aliases, Zenzo also received the highest honor at the prestigious International Print Exhibition in Paris.

If you have the chance to drop by the Sakamoto Zenzo Museum of Art, you’ll find many of his different works and personal effects on display in the gallery. What’s really impressive is that these are works that originated from this very town, and that have crossed borders to win critical acclaim overseas.

You’ll find that even the building structure itself is quite unique — reconstructed from a private Japanese residence originally built in 1872 — in fact, the structure itself won an award for its excellence, as the only fully tatami-matted building of its kind in all of Japan.

With wide exhibition rooms, you can feel free to sit anywhere on the tatami mats and appreciate the works on display, all in your own time.

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