Kimono Flea Market ICHIROYA's News Letter No.810


Otsuka museum
Dear newsletter readers, 
Hello, this is Mari writing this week.
In Japan, September is the start of second semester at school. Kids went back to school 
after a month long summer vacation. It is time for me to get back to regular bussiness 
hours. I'm no longer stressed out to look after their homeworks and worried about their lunch. 
In this summer, I visited a museum where I had been wanting to visit for long time.
Nana, who used to work for Ichiroya, has introduced this museum before.
Some of you may remember her article. Those who don't or haven't read, here is 
her article for you to get basic idea of what the museum is about. 
The museum is famous for "the most expensive admission fee in Japan"!
Their addmission fees are as following.
Elementary, Junior High and High School students YEN 540
University students YEN 2,160
Adults YEN 3,240
At the same time, they are also known as "The museum of No1. customer satisfaction" in Japan.
You will see the reason why once you visit there. The museum guide who I followed for 
2 hours said "At this museum, you can get closer to those famous paintings which you are 
prohibited to do so to the original." That is true. 
The photo is Leonardo da Vinci's "The Last Supper". The way this museum show this 
painting is interesting. They show two "The Last Supper"s, facing each other in a huge room. 
One is before restoration, the other is after restoration. We see a lot more clear objects and 
colors in the after restoration one. If I want to see the original painting at Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, 
I need to make a reservation and wait for a year or so. I may do so in future. However, for now, 
this museum is good enough for me!
Now, they have more unique feature! You can dress like those people in the famous paintings!
Here is the promotinal video of the museum.
There are costumes for you to try on here and there in the museum.
Those costumes were made by art school students in Kyoto. They did good job!
Every cosutume was well made, easy to put on. There was no way I didn't put them on!
You already know I'm a kind person who enjoy this type of event more than anyone else!



I know there was a controversy about this painting and dress like her in Boston sometimes ago. 
However, in this museum, everyone was having fun to do the same pose as the lady in the painting. 
I was one of them. 
You see the impact of Japonism on Claude Monet's "La Japonaise".
Red Uchikake still attract many people all over the world.
Some of them actually wear them at their wedding.
Many of them display them at home and other places.
At the same time, Japanese have been longing for Europe.
Delicate lace, sleek satin dress, gorgeous gown and white tights...
White tights???



YES! I dressed like Louis XIV aka the Sun King!
How do I look like? Do I look like a dignified the Sun King? 
I wish the wig was just a little bit more fluffy though...
You see some of our items which have European motifs.

Thank you for reading until the end.
Hope you enjoy our newsletter. See you next time!