Ibaraki Municipal Kawabata Literature Memorial Hall 0

Permanently exhibits some 400 items associated with Yasunari Kawabata, such as his books, personal belongings, letters, manuscripts, and calligraphic works, in addition to miniature models, photos, first edition books, and videos.

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  • Open

    9:00 - 17:00
  • Closed

    Tuesdays, days following holidays, New Year holidays (12/28 - 1/4)

Approx. 20 minutes' walk from JR/Hankyu Ibaraki Station. The Ibaraki Municipal Kawabata Literature Memorial Hall was established in 1968 in tribute to the great achievements made by the novelist Yasunari Kawabata, Japan's first Nobel laureate in literature. The hall permanently exhibits some 400 items associated with the novelist, such as his books, personal belongings, letters, manuscripts, and calligraphic works, along with miniature models, photos, first edition books, and videos. The world-renowned novelist Yasunari Kawabata was born in Osaka City (near Osaka Tenmangu Shrine). Bereaved of his parents at the age of three, he was adopted and raised by his grandparents in Shukunosho, Toyokawa-mura, Mishima-gun (present-day Shukunosho, Ibaraki City), Osaka, until the age of 16. After graduating from a junior high school (under the prewar education system) located in Ibaraki City, he moved to Tokyo. The hall was opened to encourage people to become more interested in literary works authored by Kawabata, on account of his connections with the city. In a gallery located in the hall, special exhibitions are held each June, the month of his birth. Works by many artists from the city and other regions are also exhibited in this gallery.

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