I went to MOA MUSEUM OF ART in Atami City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan.


MOA Museum displays "RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS", a national treasure of Japan painted by Korin Ogata, a painter of Edo Period, between February and the beginning of March.

This picture is painted beautiful red and white plum blossoms and big river.


And MOA Museum has the replica of The Golden Tea Room which was made by Sen no Rikyu under the order from Toyotomi no Hideyoshi in Azuchi-Momoyama Period.


This is "Raku tea bowl named Ayame" which was made by Chojiro and used by Sen no Rikyu in Azuchi-Momoyama Period.

Korin Ogata made "RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS" and "WIND GOD AND THUNDER GOD SCREENS" in this art studio.


There is a tea house "Ippaku-an" near it.

This is Matcha tea and Japanese-style sweets.

This sweets is "RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS YOKAN" that used "RED AND WHITE PLUM BLOSSOMS" as a subject.


This is the full view of MOA MUSEUM OF ART.

Museum blends into the mountain.


It's the view of Atami's sea from MOA MUSEUM OF ART and it's beautiful.

Let's go to this museum!

Bührle Collection



I appreciated masterpieces of "Bührle Collection" exhibition at The National Art Center, Tokyo.

Bührle Collection is an art museum in Zurich, Switzerland, and it has many masterpieces of impressionist art.

This exhibition has many masterpieces painted by Delacroix, Degas, Manet, Monet, Renoir, van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne, Matisse and Picasso.


Early impressionist arts are realistic and Post impressionist arts are abstract.

"Portrait d'Irène Cahen d'Anvers" painted by Pierre-Auguste Renoir is the representative realistic pictures.

And there are many Pablo Picasso's abstract pictures.


This picture is "Water Lilies" painted by Claude Monet.

It is the biggest picture of "Water Lilies" and its height is 2m and its width is 4m.

By the way, it is allowed to take photos.


"Bührle Collection" exhibition is held in The National Art Center, Tokyo until May 7, 2018.

Delicious restaurants and shops of Iwakuni City



I will introduce delicious restaurants and shops of Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan.

1. Irori Sanzoku

At first, I will introduce "Irori Sanzoku Kuga" in Kuga town, Iwakuni City.

It is a classical Japanese restaurant and it is familiar to Yamaguchi and Hiroshima people.

This picture's foods are "Sanzoku-Yaki", "Sanzoku-Musubi" and "Yamame-Shio-Yaki(Grilled cheery-salmon with salt)", famous menu of this restaurant.

"Sanzoku-Yaki" is grilled chicken over charcoal fire with sweet soy-sauce.

"Sanzoku-Musubi" is big rice ball and it includes salmon, umeboshi(pickled plum), and konbu(seaweed).

All foods of this restaurant are wild and delicious.

2. Mukyuka

Mukyuka is a grilled meat restaurant in Iwakuni City and it serves delicous meats.

Especially, chuck and sparerib are very delicious.

3. ISoharu

Isoharu is a Japanese restaurant in Iwakuni City.

My recommendation is tea buckwheat noodles and sushi set.


Isoharu serves light and very delicious tea buckwheat noodles.
I like that Isoharu serves quail eggs with buckwheat noodle's soup.


Ishoharu's sushi is fresh and very delicious.

4. Italizan Izakaya fukuoka

Italian Izakaya Fukuoka is an Italian restaurant in Iwakuni City.

These are appetizer, pasta and pizza of lunch set.

Italian Izakaya Fukuoka serves elaborate dish including carpaccio of flounder and nanbanzuke(sweet and sour marinated dish) of sweetfish for appetizer.

This restaurant serves classic pasta and pizza, and these are really good.

I very soon finished these off.

5. Sobatamaya

Sobatamaya is an Okonomiyaki restaurant in Iwakuni City.

There are many Hiroshima styled Okonomiyaki restaurants in Iwakuni City that is neat to Hiroshima.

Sobatamaya's Okonomiyaki is big and delicious.

6. Suehiro

Suehiro is a Ramen restaurant in Iwakuni City.

It is good to eat Rahmen with many green onions and soybean sprouts.

7. marifu Coffee

Marifu Coffee is a cafe near Marifu Elementary School in Iwakuni City.

Marifu Blend has rich taste and delicious.

This picture is morning specials.

8. Loire

Loire is a sweets shop in Iwakuni City. 

My recommendation is "Conque".

"Conque" is made of pie dough and sweet red-been and it is very delicious.

9. matsuura-suisan

Matsuura-Suisan is a fish market near Edion in Iwakuni City.

Matsuura-Suisan serves good quality affordable puffer fish because Iwakuni City is close to Shimonoseki City, a famous place of puffer fish.

Kintai Bridge and Iwakuni Castle

We had a nice rest in Iwakuni City, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan. 

A symbol of Iwakuni City is Kintaikyo-Bridge.


Kintaikyo-Bridge is a historical arch brdige and spans the Nishiki River near Iwakuni Castle.

It was built in 1673. It was broken by floodwaters three times and it was rebuild by original method each time.


It was fine today and the view from Kintaikyo-Bridge were very well.

Nishiki River's water is very clean.


There are many Cherry Blossoms around Kintaikyo-Bridge and they are full in bloom between Late March and the beginning of April.



I went to Iwakuni Castle after Kintaikyo-Bridge.

Iwakuni Castle is on the top of Yokoyama Mountain and it is also called "Yokoyama-Castle".

Iwakuni Castle was built in 1608, but it was dismantled as per the Ikkoku-Ichijyo(One Castle Per Province) order established by the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1615.

Iwakuni Castle Castle Tower was rebuild in 1962.


There is the rope way for visitors to the top of Yokoyama Mountain.


It is 5 minutes from the rope way station to Iwakuni Castle.

There is the dry moat around Iwakuni Castle.


It is Iwakuni Castle Castle Tower.

The inner part of Castle Tower is museum and old swords are displayed.


The view of Iwakuni City from the top of Castle Tower is beautiful.

It teaches me that Iwakuni City was made along Nishiki River.


The foot of Yokoyama Mountain was the residence of Iwakuni Domain in the edo period and it is Kikkou Park now.



The admission ticket of Kintaikyo-Bridge, the rope way and Iwakuni Castle is sold at the entrance of Kintaikyo-Bridge.

It is 940 yen(about 8 US $).



I recommend "Itsutsubashi-no-sato", a hot spring in Iwakuni Kokusai Kanko Hotel near Kintaikyo-Bridge.

Both hotel's guests and day-trippers can get into this hot spring.


You can see Kintaikyo-Bridge at the viewing place of this hot spring.