Message from the President
The Hoki Museum is Japan's first museum dedicated to Realist painting.
What makes Realist painting so fascinating? Realist art works depict what the painter sees, as is. These works are intricately worked, each massively time-consuming, as the painter creates just a few works a year, facing the same canvas day after day. And when we see the worlds created in such works, we sense that the painting has so much more to say than the reality it depicts.
Today, the Hoki Museum collections include 300 works by some 40 painters, ranging from great masters to young artists. Up until now, there have been few opportunities to see Realist works in Japan. The Hoki Museum will now fill that void. My hope is that the Hoki Museum will be a "healing museum" where visitors can appreciate the art works slowly and thoroughly.
The Hoki Museum's building was specifically designed and constructed for this collection. Made up of three stories, one above ground, two below, the galleries are layered, long corridors filled with images. A section of the structure floats in the air. It is my great hope that many people will visit the museum, and that through all of our efforts, Japanese Realist painting will develop all the more.
President, Hoki Museum
Born in Tokyo in 1931. Founded stationery retailer Hoki Meishodo in 1955. Founded and became president of Hoki Recording Paper Marketing, to market paper used for electrocardiogram records, in 1961. The company later changed its name to Hogy in 1970 and to Hogy Medical Co., Ltd., in 1987. Masao Hoki became Chairman of the company in 1993, then resumed the position of President and CEO in 1995. In 2000, Hogy Medical became listed on the first section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Hoki once again became Chairman in 2005, then held the title of Founder from 2007 until his retirement in 2012 when he was named Honorary Chairman. Hogy Medical is the leading supplier of surgical, sterilization, and ward and examination products in Japan.
The Hoki Museum opened on November 3, 2010 as one of the few museums in the world dedicated to Realist paintings. Museum Director Masao Hoki assembled the museum's collection of approximately 300 examples of Realist paintings.
The Museum's building is located next to the verdant Showa-no-Mori Park, Chiba City's largest park, and consists of one above ground and two below ground stories featuring corridor-style galleries comprise 500 meters of exhibition space. One gallery is cantilevered to appear to be floating in space.
Approximately 160 works by around 40 artists are on display at any one time, including 32 paintings that form Japan's largest collection of works by Sousuke Morimoto, and others by artists such as Hiroshi Noda and Tadahiko Nakayama. Special displays feature the works of fifteen artists who have produced large-scale works for the museum's "My Best Work" series.
The museum's galleries were designed specifically for the optimum display and appreciation of Realist paintings, featuring picture rail-free walls and the latest technology LED and halogen lighting imbedded in the ceilings. Additional facilities include the Italian restaurant Hanau, produced by Al Porto chef Kataoka Mamoru, a café, and a museum shop.
We hope that you will enjoy your experience of the beautiful world of Realist painting in this inviting setting.
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm, except Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays open until 6 pm (Last admission is 30 minutes before closing)
Closed on Tuesdays, except open on holiday Tuesdays and closed on the following Wednesday. The museum is closed for during the holiday periods at year end, New Year and late August, and closed for exhibit changes from November 14th to 18th, from May 21st to 25th.
Adults: 1,500 yen
High school and university students and visitors 65 and older: 1,000 yen
Book of 5 adult tickets: 6,000 yen
Junior high school students:750 yen
Elementary school and younger children are admitted free of charge. However,no more than two elementary school children per adult will be admitted.
Groups of elementary school children are charged admission fees, at 750 yen per person. Each group must have at least one adult per 10 children in the group.
By train and bus:
Take JR Sotobo Line to Toke Station
From the Toke Station South Exit, take the Bus "Asumigaoka Brand New Mall" (5 minutes) to "Asumigaoka Higashi 4-chome" stop, walk 1 minute
15 minutes from the Nakano Interchange on Chiba Togane Road
Paid parking spots for 40 cars available at the museum : 500yen