Contrary to my expectations, Saitama is such a huge prefecture which has so many things to offer. Knowing that my ward is in Saitama makes me pleased as punch.
Growing up with an older brother who was a cartoon fanatic back in the day, I eventually developed such interest as well. It’s undeniable that Japan made an artistic impact in my childhood days. Be it contemporary or modern works, thanks to Japan for awakening my imagination.
The moment the hubby and I found out about a cartoon museum not that far from our place, without second thoughts we took the train and headed there. It was just about a 30-minute ride, as far as I remember.
Soon we arrived at the station, we took a walk for a few minutes to get to the cartoon art haven.
My heart jumped in glee the minute I took notice of the entrance.
Welcome to the place where cartoon art began!
150 Bonsai-cho, Kita-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama, 331-0805, Japan
NOTICE: Closed on Mondays (on national holidays closed on the day following), New Year’s holidays (Dec.28-Jan.4)
- The museum was constructed on the location where Japan’s first professional manga artist, Rakuten Kitazawa lived in his later years.
- Displays and planned exhibitions with belongings and works left by him are put up numerous times a year so to radiate cartoon culture.
3. The exhibition hall is divided into two floors with the first floor parading achievements, works and other items affiliated with Rakuten. The second floor arrays an extensive scope of cartoons in special exhibitions of modern and contemporary cartoon works.
Apologies for I can’t show you the 2nd floor. We were unfortunately there on a Monday. 😦
4. An apple-pie ordered Japanese garden can be seen through the 1st floor which can be enjoyed in all four seasons.
Despite the short span of time we spared, still, dime a dozen alluring things we were able to grasp. How great it was to know a little bit of history! 🙂