Art & Design
Izumo Museum of Quilt Art 出雲キルト美術館
The only museum of quilt art in Japan, with tours in English
Made from antique and vintage silk kimonos, some of which are two centuries old, artist Mutsuko Yawatagaki creates stunning quilts that transcend craft and become sublime art. The Izumo Museum of Quilt Art showcases these vivid creations.
Housed inside a historic 200-year-old residence
Four unique exhibitions are presented each year
How to Get There
The museum is closest to Naoe Station.
This is a very rural area, and the station is a 40-minute walk from the museum, so it's better to take a taxi, which should take no more than seven minutes. The nearest bus stop is at the Sanin Godo Bank in Naoe on the Izumo Airport bus route.
Although quilting is not a traditional Japanese craft, the magnificent quilts on view here display traditional Japanese aesthetics of the highest quality.
Housed inside a historic 200-year-old residence, surrounded by rice paddies and small, traditional farms, the interior and exterior spaces contribute to the appreciation of these highly detailed and richly colorful masterpieces.
The four exhibitions a year are based on the four seasons that have inspired Japanese creativity for millennia. They combine subtle lighting and shadows to display the quilts and their associated ikebana arrangements, also created by Mutsuko Yawatagaki, to create tableaux that could not be properly appreciated in a normal museum space.
You will be guided around by the artist's daughter, who speaks English and can give you personal insights while answering any questions you may have.
Enjoy green tea with traditional sweets that are themselves miniature works of art. The traditional garden is framed beautifully by the works inside.
Visit the quaint gift shop where you can find unique gifts and souvenirs made from the same antique kimono fabrics from which the quilts are made.