12. The small museum ”WASHU-YA”BYOBU MUSEUM/Folding screen Museum & shop




I have got to know that Japanese folding screens “byobu” are connected to each screen by paper! Not the metallic parts! Here you can learn the mechanism by the sample of how to make it.
And many kinds of folding screens are displayed. It means that there are very small ones & big ones, old & new, and Japanese & west’s. Especially must see ones are “Edo-fuzoku-saireizu-byobu” made at the end of 1700s in Japan and trick folding screens “Karakuri-byobu”.
As for the west’s, they are made from such cloths decorated by Van Gogh’s paintings and William Morris’s wallpaper patterns.
Anyway each byobu has its beauty! Even when it is very small, byobu has the power to change the room’s atmosphere at once!

INFORMATION

・Phone: 03-3622-4470
・Location: 1-31-6 Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo (2min.walk from Tobu-narihira Sta.)
・Open: 9:00-17:30/closed on Sun. National holiday, 2nd&3rd Sat. in May-Oct.
http://www.techno-city.sumida.tokyo.jp/3m/detail/mu012-d-02.html



小さな博物館「”和集屋”屏風博物館」

和風洋風、大きさもさまざまな屏風を展示してあり、見応えがある。中でも、18世紀後半に作られた「江戸風俗祭礼図屏風」や、1枚で二通りの絵が楽しめる「からくり屏風」は必見。奈良時代から江戸時代末期までのおもな屏風を紹介したパネルや、製作に使う「はけ」「鋲」「裁ち包丁」などの道具や金具を展示。完成までに6枚の異なる和紙を貼り重ねていく屏風の製造工程が、現物をまじえてわかりやすく紹介されている。係の方の説明が丁寧で分かりやすい。