Main attractions in the museum
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.
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).
|Bird's Eye View of Literature, Museum Guide||Hometown Literature Kaleidoscope (The Story of Otomo no Yakamochi)|
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)||Wisdom Collection|
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 -- Etchu Predecessors|
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|
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||Mysterious Books (Manga and Anime)|
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|
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.
Please feel free to use this space for cultural or other activities. The room charges are listed here.
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.
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|