Seikadō Bunko Art Museum

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Entrance to the Seikadō Bunko Art Museum

Seikadō Bunko Art Museum (静嘉堂文庫?) is a museum of East Asian art in Setagaya, Tokyo.[1]


The core collection of the museum was created by Yanosuke Iwasaki (1851–1908), the second president of Mitsubishi in its earliest form. "Seikado" was the studio-name of this corporate leader.[2]

In the 1890s, Yanosuke began collecting artworks and manuscripts. The process of collecting was continued by his son, Koyata Iwasaki (1879–1945), Mitsubishi's fourth president.[2]

In 1940, Koyata established The Seikado Foundation and opened the Seikado Bunko Library which was composed of books from his personal collection (80,000 Japanese volumes and 120,000 Chinese volumes.[2]

In 1992, in commemoration of hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Seikado collection, this museum galleries were opened to the public.[2]


The Seikadō Bunko Art Museum houses 6,500 books, artworks, and other cultural treasures.[3]

The museum has a large permanent collection; and only part of it is exhibited at any one time.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Auzias, Dominique et al. (2009). Japon 2009, p. 186, p. 186, at Google Books; Seikadō Bunko, General information; retrieved 2011-07-24
  2. ^ a b c d Seikadō Bunko, About the museum
  3. ^ Seikadō Bunko, Collection


  • Auzias, Dominique and Jean-Paul Labourdette. (2009). Japon 2009. Paris: Nouvelles éditions de l'Université. ISBN 9782746923614; OCLC 664490784
  • Seikadō Bunko. (1991). Art Treasures of Seikadō. Tokyo: Mitsubishi Corp. OCLC 24960203

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