Mori Ogai is a great writer of the Meiji Period who had a strong connection with Bunkyo-ku. He had lived in Sendagi with his family for 30 years. To honor the 150th anniversary of his birth, Mori Ogai Memorial Museum was established on the former site of his residence “Kancho-Ro.”
The museum has not only Ogai’s manuscripts, letters and belongings but also research materials and precious books about him. To tell his charm as a writer, critic and military surgeon, there are a permanent collection exhibition and four special exhibitions through the year.
The permanent collection is displayed on the wall of the 1st basement exhibition room. You can see his path through those hand written manuscripts, photos, letters and belongings.
At the center of exhibition room, there is a section of special exhibition that changes four times a year. This section focuses on the relationship between Ogai and the intellectuals related to Bunkyo-ku.
The Mori Ogai Memorial Museum actively try to make people get familiar with Ogai’s work and Japanese literature. They organize public reading going along with the theme of special exhibition, gallery talk by curator introducing detailed background of the exhibition and also guest speaker’s lecture. Even if you are not Ogai’s fan yet, you cannot miss them.
In the facility, the café serves classic German bread like pretzel and schwarzbrot because Ogai had studied in Germany. Sometimes they serve special menu going along with the theme of special exhibition.
The director, Ms. Toko Takahashi says, “At this museum, you can see his belongings, documents, the movie in which Ogai actually walked around and historical site. Please come and feel Ogai’s achievements and the atmosphere of his time.”
Would you like to follow the great writer’s steps on your next holiday?
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (last admission 17:30) Close: The 4th Tuesday of each month (if Tuesday falls on a public holiday, closed on the following Wednesday), during the change of exhibition, year-end and New year holidays Admission fee: Adult 300 yen, younger than Junior high school student free (admission fee for special exhibition varies according to exhibition)