Where can we buy art materials locally?
- Near Yokohama Station, just outside the West exit, is Tokyu Hands in the Okadaya More’s building (it has moved from its previous location) which has an area dedicated to paint and art-related materials, including custom matting and framing.
- In the Kannai area of Yokohama, not far from Kannai station on Isezakecho Mall — a shopping street like Motomachi (though older) — there’s a book shop called Yurindo; on the 4th floor there is an area with art materials, including many varieties of paper and pre-made frames and mats; they also do custom matting and framing.
- Across the canal from Yokohama Station, beyond Sogo, is the Bay Quarter Complex; up on the 5th & 6th floors is Yuzawaya, an arts & crafts store.
- You can find Tokyo Hands, Yurindo, Yuzawaya — and other art-supply stores — in Tokyo as well.
Where can we go see other artists’ artwork? Which galleries and museums?
- Tokyo is home to many and various world-class art museums. Listed below are only a few. The best place to start might be to check online at Tokyo Art Beat: http://www.tokyoartbeat.com/. You can also download the Tokyo Art Beat app.
- Yokohama Museum of Art (in Minatomirai area; 3-4-1,Minatomirai, Nishi-ku) – in Japanese: http://www.yaf.or.jp/yma/index.php ; in English: http://www.yaf.or.jp/yma/english/
- Sogo Museum of Art (near Yokohama Station); Address: 2-18-1 Takashima, Nishi-ku; (日本語): 〒220-8510 神奈川県横浜市西区高島２−１８−; Telephone: 04-5465-5515 – website in Japanese only: http://www2.sogo-gogo.com/common/museum/
- Mori Art Museum (near Roppongi Station in Tokyo) – Address: Roppongi Hills Mori Tower (53F), 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo; Tel: +81-3-5777-8600; website: http://www.mori.art.museum/eng/ (English) and http://www.mori.art.museum/jp/index.html (Japanese)
- Wako Works of Art Gallery (near Roppongi Station in Tokyo); Address: Piramide Bldg, 3F, 6-6-9 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo; Telephone: 03-6447-1820; website: http://www.wako-art.jp; email: [email protected] — there are other art galleries in this complex.
- Nezu Museum (near Omotesando Station in Tokyo) exhibits Japanese and other Asian pre-modern arts, comprising more than 7,400 objects including calligraphy, painting, sculpture, ceramics, lacquer, metalwork, bamboo crafts and textiles; address: 6-5-1 Minami-Aoyama, Minato-ku, 107-0062 Tokyo; website: http://www.nezu-muse.or.jp/en/information/index.html; Tel: 81-3-3400-2536
- Oeno Park is home to several art museums, as well as many other activities. Check here and here for more information.
Who can we contact for art lessons outside of school?
One place is SmartStart in the Motomachi area. It was formerly run by a YIS parent and then sold to another owner. They offer a variety of art-related classes. PLEASE CONTACT ‘SMARTSTART’ DIRECTLY for details about their classes, services, and prices. *NOTE: I have brochures in my classroom. Please feel free come pick one up!
- Their website is here: www.smartstart.co.jp
- You can email Aki Naito at [email protected], and the phone number is 045-680-0506
- The address is: 6F Motomachi SKY Bldg., 5-203 Motomachi Naka-ku, Yokohama Kanagawa 231-0861
Another Motomachi-area option for art classes is 104/Ten4 Kids Art Studio. Owned and operated by a former YIS graduate and art school graduate, Eling Hsu, the studio is described on the website as:
I’m not yet aware of other extracurricular art classes for young people, so please email me if you know where to go! — [email protected]