Kanjiro Kawai’s house and Sen-oku Hakuko Kan in Kyoto
In Kyoto, there are many nice museums and galleries to spend time or take a rest.
Kanjiro Kawai’s house is about 20-30 mins walk from National Museum or Sanjusangen-do.
Kanjiro Kawai’s house is one of my favorite old Japanese style house in Kyoto. Kanjiro is a ceramic artist leading the Japanese handicrafts protection movement in Japan. He designed and constructed his house, referring to several public houses, especially Hida Takayama in 1937. Kanjiro Kawai’s house has wide open windows, very cozy living rooms and a huge kiln to bake ceramic arts.
I love the Japanese style house, because it is practical. One room could be a living room, a bed-room, a dining or a study even. Kanjiro Kawai’s furnishings and collections are unique as his works. You can see around his house in under one hour, but you can stay more than 2 hours if you wish.
Sen-oku Hakuko Kan is located near Tetsugaku-no Michi between Nanzenji and Ginkakuji. If you want to take a rest with some air conditioning, Sen-oku Hakuko Kan is very reasonable. Sumitomo zaibatsu, financial clique, collected Chinese bronze ware in the early 1900’s. The design of bronze ware seems very exotic and it’s fun to try to find several animals in the patterns.