Art & Design
Sesshu Memorial Museum 雪舟の郷記念館
A delightful and contemplative space devoted to one of Japan's greatest artists
Credited with creating a distinctly Japanese style of ink wash painting, known as sumi-e, the 15th-century Zen monk and artist, Sesshu, created many masterpieces, six of which are classed as National Treasures.
Known for his gardens, the one he created at Ikoji Temple is considered the best of his two.
How to Get There
The museum is just over a kilometer from Masuda Station.
There are bus stops within 500 meters of the museum, but the easiest way is to take a taxi from either the station or the Sesshu gardens nearby.
Sesshu chose here to spend his last days
The museum is located right next to where Sesshu Toyo chose to spend his last days on Earth, and when he passed away at the age of 87, he was buried nearby.
After visiting the nearby gardens he created in the 15th century at Ikoji Temple and Manpukuji Temple , you can see a selection of his paintings. More importantly, perhaps you can get a feel for the man himself.
Getting to know Sesshu
A lifelike bust of Sesshu and an assortment of his personal possessions complement the paintings on display.
Only a few of the museum's collection of Sesshu paintings are on display at any one time, but one that is often on view is his portrait of Masuda Kanetama, the Lord of Iwami who brought Sesshu to Masuda in 1478. Painted in 1479, it is an Important Cultural Property.
Gardens in the style of Sesshu
Though created in modern times, you will see the unmistakable influence of Sesshu in the delightful gardens surrounding the museum.