高志の国文学館

KOSHINOKUNI Museum of Literature

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Main attractions in the museum

1. Entrance

The library corner is an excellent place to spend time reading while gazing at the splendid garden and surrounding view. You are also encouraged to browse through the Museum Shop, where you will find a variety of original museum goods.

Library
Library

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2. Hometown Literature Gallery (1)

This gallery includes a corner with a 3-dimensional map that lets you search for locations related to literature around Toyama Prefecture. Video equipment is also available, such as a digital scroll that describes the life of Otomo no Yakamochi, Lord of Etchu Province (presently Toyama Prefecture).

Literature Map Search, Museum Guide
Bird's Eye View of Literature, Museum Guide

Hometown Literature Kaleidoscope (The Story of Otomo no Yakamochi)
Hometown Literature Kaleidoscope (The Story of Otomo no Yakamochi)

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3. Hometown Literature Storehouse (1)

Designed to show the viewer the same breathtaking Toyama landscape that brought such joy to Otomo no Yakamochi, and outfitted with walls that are filled with literature books associated with Toyama Prefecture, this dynamic display has an overwhelming effect.

Manyo Tobashi (Storytelling Display)
Manyo Tobashi (Storytelling Display)

Wisdom Collection
Wisdom Collection

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4. Hometown Literature Gallery (2)

With its tall, light-filled ceiling, this gallery features original, handwritten manuscripts and panels introducing ten of the leading authors from Toyama Prefecture, and a giant kaleidoscope that produces a stream of images of Toyama manga artists and their predecessors renowned for their outstanding achievements.

Hometown Literature Kaleidoscope -- Toyama Manga Artists
Hometown Literature Kaleidoscope -- Toyama Manga Artists

Hometown Literature Kaleidoscope -- Etchu Predecessors
Hometown Literature Kaleidoscope -- Etchu Predecessors

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5. Hometown Literature Storehouse (2)

This chronological table of literature shows the transformation and development of Toyama literature through various ages, starting with the Manyo period.

Chronological Table of Literature
Chronological Table of Literature

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6. Hometown Literature Storehouse (3)

Digital picture books introduce manga artists associated with Toyama Prefecture, and describe the processes used to produce manga and anime. There is also much to be learned from the Lafcadio Hearn Library and from an abundance of information on distinguished Toyama predecessors.

Toyama- Associated Manga Artists Corner
Toyama- Associated Manga Artists Corner

Mysterious Books (Manga and Anime)
Mysterious Books (Manga and Anime)

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7. Special Event Storehouse

A wide variety of interesting and attractive special events are regularly held such as literature, films, and manga that cannot be simply defined by genre.

Special Event Storehouse
Special Event Storehouse

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8. Family Space

This brightly lit room, filled with natural wood and Japanese paper furnishings, is an ideal place for parents and children to spend time. Enjoy reading together or just playing. There is plenty here to please and entertain both children and adults.

Zoetrope Viewer
Zoetrope Viewer

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9. Seminar Room, Japanese-style Room

Please feel free to use this space for cultural or other activities. The room charges are listed here.

Seminar Room
Seminar Room

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10. Restaurant

The museum features a directly managed branch of the popular LA BETTOLA da Ochiai Italian restaurant based in Ginza, Tokyo. Here, you can enjoy authentic Italian dishes filled with delicacies from the bountiful ocean and mountain areas of Toyama.

Restaurant
Restaurant

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11. Garden

The museum is adjacent to a tranquil space that contains the garden of the former governor's office. Decorated by a large variety of trees and flowers, this garden is an ideal place to enjoy the nature of Toyama in every season of the year.

Garden
Garden

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12. Banks of the Matsukawa River

Situated along the banks of the pure, gently flowing Matsukawa River are three large stones engraved with Manyoshu poems. Imagine life in the Manyo period (between the 5th to the 8th century) as you stroll along the riverbank pathway facing the museum.
Or, during springtime, enjoy the reflection of the cherry blossoms on the river's surface.

Cherry Blossoms Along the Matsukawa Riverbank
Cherry Blossoms Along the Matsukawa Riverbank

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