I have visited the “MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS” in Higashimatsuyama, Saitama Prefecture.
It has permanent exhibition of “HIROSHIMA PANELS” painted by Mariko Iri (1901-1995) and Maruki Toshi(1912-2000), and other works co-produced husband and wife ,Maruki Suma.
- 1.Access to “MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS”
- 2.Visit the MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS
- 2.Why I recommend “MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS”
1.Access to “MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS”
1-1. Access to “MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS” walk less in public transportation
“MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS” is located in Higashimatsuyama City, Saitama Prefecture.
Without a car, you can transfer to public transport and visit there form Ikebukuro station(Tokyo) in about an hour and a half.
First, let’s aim for Higashimatsuyama Station on the Tobu Tojo Line.
When you arrive from Ikebukuro Station in about an hour, you will aim for the south side square of the east exit. (You can search on Google Maps)
Take the by a city loop-line bus (Karako Course/唐子コース) coming to platform 4.
※The ride takes about 12 minutes.
This bus is closed on Sundays.
There is only one bus for 1-1.5 hours.
We recommend that you check the bus time in advance and schedule it.
※This bus timetable is not compatible with Google Maps. (As of September 2019)
→To “MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS” from Higashimatsuyama Station
→From Higashimatsuyama Station to “MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS”
The English site hasn’t been updated, so be careful with access (as of September 2019).
2.Visit the MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS
The building looks like this.
THE HIROSHIMA PANELS is a 15-part series that were co-produced by Japanese-style painter Iri Maruki and Western-style painter Toshi Maruki.
1 to 14 parts are on permanent exhibition at the MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS.
Hiroshima is the hometown of Iri.
His parents, brothers and relatives lived in Hiroshima.
They took memories from many A-bomb survivors, including their families, and expressed them in the “THE HIROSHIMA PANELS” over 30 years.
They say “THE HIROSHIMA PANELS” are a “painting drawn by the masses”.
Unlike ordinary paintings, the techniques of “painting on folding screens” and “ink painting” that have been passed down in the Orient for a long time are used.
Since the theme is the theme, there is a tendency to focus on “history”, but you may focus on the method of expression.
At 13:30, I took a bus from Higashimatsuyama Station, and arrived at the MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS before 14:00.
At 15:02, I came back on a bus from MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS East (about a 15 minute walk from the museum).
It was about 1 hour stay.
2.Why I recommend “MARUKI GALLERY FOR THE HIROSHIMA PANELS”
2-1.Is that sentence necessary?
I like Japan where I was born and raised, but I like traveling around Asia.
When traveling in Asia, I visit places related to Japan.
The land related to Japan in Asia is almost a battle site.
Most museums display “In August 1945, nuclear bombs fell in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and the war was over”.
That’s the truth.
Even if there is no part of “Nuclear bombs fall in Hiroshima and Nagasaki”, the text makes sense.
It seemed to justify the nuclear bomb and I was wondering “Is that sentence necessary?”
2-2.In a battle box in Singapore, I learned that “enemy” was “human”
I visited a battlefield called “Battle Box” in Singapore and participated in the tour.
It is the place where the British army that colonized the Malay Peninsula surrendered to the Empire of Japan.
The process of British troops being chased by the Japanese Imperial Army is reproduced realistically.
I learned that British General Percival was worried that the soldiers would have sacrificed so much that it would cost money.
I found it.
I never thought that British troops had personality.
I found that the British army was “human”, not “enemy” at the time.
When Asian people hear “Nuclear bombs fall on Hiroshima, Nagasaki”
- There was a military port there, but there were also ordinary lives of the common people
- Many of the victims were ordinary people
They might never have thought about it, I think.
History is “his story”.
And there are as many stories as his position.
I keep trying to know the history from the other side.
I wanted to make an effort to convey the history I saw.