Ekin Museum

絵金蔵(Ekingura)
Candlelight brings the eerie screen paintings of 19th-century artist Ekin to life
Hirose Kinzo, better known as Ekin, was a late 19th century painter who lost his status after a forgery scandal. While this fall from grace was first detrimental to his professional career, it introduced him to a world where he did not have to constrain his creativity to fit social expectations. Ekin soon began pushing the boundaries of art, using traditional folding screens as canvases to paint dynamic scenes from Japan’s historical past with a fictional twist, such as incorporating lurking demons.
Today, 23 reproductions of Ekin’s masterpieces are exhibited at the Ekin Museum, in rooms lit by candlelight. The flickering flames seem to bring the eerie movement and dramatic colors of his works to life.
For the ultimate immersion into Ekin’s dynamic world, don’t miss the annual Tosa Akaoka Ekin Festival in July, when the original works are illuminated by paper lanterns and candlelight all along the streets of the town of Akaoka.
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Themes
Culture & Art
History
Address 高知県香南市赤岡町538 (538, Akaoka cho, Konan City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan)
Telephone Number 0887-57-7117
Open9:00-17:00
ClosedMondays
(or the following weekday if Monday is a public holiday)

Closed December 29 to January 3
Price●Adults : 520 yen
●Senior high school students : 300 yen
●Elementary/junior high school students : 150 yen
*Price includes taxes
Directions●About 30 min drive from Nankoku IC on Kochi Expressway
●About 10 min walk from Akaoka Station (Gomen Nahari Line)
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Map Code73 147 547*63