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2016年12月8日 星期四

Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art (大山崎山莊美術館)

On day two of my visit to Kyoto, I decided to visit a place which doesn't always display some of its precious art collection just at the time you are visiting it. It's the Asahi Beer Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art. The building there used to the country retreat of Shotaro Kaga (1888-1953) a wealthy business from the Kansai area and founder of the Nikka Whisky Distilling who later gave his shares in the company to his close friend Tamesaburo Yamamoto, the first president of Asahi Breweries. Kaga was a man of fine taste, an avid cultivator of orchids and had even written a book on woodblocks of that beautiful flower called "Rankafu"  Kaga died in 1953 but his wife continued living there until 1967, when she too died and the Kaga family decided to sell it. After several changes of hands, the new owners decided in 1989 to tear it down and replace it with some new luxurious apartments. But the local residents objected and started a campaign to save it and evedntually the local governments of Oyamazaki and Kyoto decided to restore it and reopen it as an art museum, something which came to fruition in 1996. As part of the 20th anniversary celebrations of the founding of the museum there, it's now showing some of its Monet collections.

 

First, I got to take the Kyoto-Oyamasaki train and discovered to my surprise that in Kyoto, unlike in the metro in HK, there are many more overhead hand rings in the train compartments with different lengths to accomodate people of different height.



As I got down the stairs at the Oyamazaki station, I found a huge advertisement of the Yamazaki Distillery which I planned to visit in the afternoon.



This is the tiny train station


across the railways line, I could see a yellowing ginko tree above the reddening maple trees..




But I had to pass through this railroad crossing which would send out what sounds like an air-raid siren whenever a train is coming from either directions.




This is the road sign at the side of the road leading up to the art museum




To the left is what's left of the original place where some famous lectures would be delivered.




A plan of the area of  Mount Tennō




It was a beautifully tree-lined road



Some onions found hanging from the eaves outside the wall of one of houses there.



You got to take your hats off to the Japanese. They even got special bins for dead red leaves!





Another map on the way up




The map introduces various paths one could take up Mount Tennō




A multi-colored pigeon close to the map



the fences are overgrown with moss




Some of the like-minded people ahead




I really enjoyed the walk up



A map plus history of the original Honnō-ji (本能寺) on the mountain



Honnō-ji (本能寺) is a temple a temple of the Nichiren sect of the Buddhism(法華宗/日蓮宗)
whose honzon (本尊) is mandara-honzon (曼荼羅本尊) from the Namu Myoho Renge Kyo (南無妙法蓮華経) made famous by the  Honnō-ji Incident whereby Oda Nobunaga (織田信長 )(1534-1582), who overthrew the Ashikaga Shogunate (足利幕府) who had been ruling Japan for some 2 centuries, committed seppuku(切腹) with his attendant Mori Ranmaru(森蘭丸) and his brothers when the temple was set on fire on June 21, 1582 by the forces of the traitor Akechi Mitsuhide (明智光秀) surrounding the temple The new rebuilt temple is now located near the Kyoto Shiyakusho-mae Station(京都市役所前駅).



The leaves of the mountain come in all sorts of colors




All striving for the sun with each other




many of the leaves are turning red already




Another map of the layout my destination villa




The road leading up the villa



Everywhere I cast my eyes on, I found radiant colors




The trees on the left side of the road




A close up of some of the leaves




What a nice garage




The driveway of one of the houses there




The trees there are all really quite tall




But of course, some are much younger




There were many bamboos up there too




The locker room where all back packs must be deposited as part of the security procedures




Some really red leaves. Quite a surprise. I expected to find a museum, not a beautiful hillside.





The way leading into the museum



quite a long walk



A road side pool full of fallen leaves


I was really lucky to have such a blue sky. It was still raining the previous night




Looking back at the entrance from which I came



The leaves come in all sort of shades



These look really red




the water is really clean. No wonder there are breweries in this area

Nothing but patches of different colors behind the museum


the rocks are covered with moss and the pond fringed with leaves




the sky is in the water




the leaves love the sky


a door god





Everything is made of fine wood and tiles. The ground floor now houses the reception, the museum shop, the former dining room, the former living room and the former drawing room and the first floor which houses the former guest room and the former master bedroom




a nice parabola




The leaves are just so many layers of colors




color stars in the water




stars on the the branches




the garden seen from inside a corridor




a view of the surrounding from the terrace outside the coffee room, which used to be former master bedroom




from there, one can get a glimpse of the other buildings




The roof is supported by oak pillars and girders




The clouds are gathering now



Leaves outside of the bay window




In the distance, one can see the superhighway




More and more clouds



view of the pool from the first floor




An outhouse in the garden




a blaze of colors




leaves going red





The corridor leading to the museum




Deep in thought




A woman by Arustide Maillor





The wells are all covered


Another corner of the garden




Every way one turns, one finds Asian tourists which outnumber Europeans 10 to 1



The root of this tree is covered with a blanket of fallen leaves



red leaves in the garden




red leaf on close to the root




worm eaten leaves above the pond




leaves wet with stream water




reflections of the sky




a red carp 




beautiful wavelets




 water lily leaves


sky split by tree branches




overhanging branches



carps in the water


How can you tell if the fishes are not happy?




a colorful sky




I just follow the crowd




colors and shapes I like




unremarkable reflectjons




the water is really clean. No wonder there are breweries in this area

as colorful in as out of water


Reds


green and red



streaking




a liquid painting


three colorful carps


orange


The way back




Not an inch of the sky is uncovered





Not much different


a blend of the natural and the artificial




The difference of sunlight




the sun is really a magician




such warmth




a hill on fire




getting cooler




a painting?




more down to earth!


so many little birds?




age tells




such luxuriance




Tiny leaves




blue and red




Never been to a hill with such colors




even the floor are dotted with color



Don't just look up!


How did they manage to change color so peculiarly

I may not be allowed to photograph any of the exhibits inside the villa like furniture, the lighting fixture, the fireplace, the tiles, pottery folk art and crafts and painting collections both from Japan, China and France and Germany, collectively called the Yamamoto Collections(ie. those of Tamesburo Yamamoto, the first president of the Asahi Breweries including some "Water lilies" of Monet and even some stone reliefs from late Han dynasty in its living room), but I was more than compensated by the unexpected beauty of the environs of the villa.