Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum, Minato, Japan 

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is an art museum in Tokyo, Japan. The museum is located in Minato ward, just east of Meguro Station. The Art Deco building, completed in 1933, has interiors designed by Henri Rapin and features decorative glass work by René Lalique.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum is housed in an elegant art deco masterpiece of a building in Shirokanedai surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, variegated in style, with a lawn plaza, a Japanese- and a Western-style garden, and featuring a huge array of flora.

The building dates from 1933 and was built as the residence of Prince Asaka, husband to Princess Nobuko, a daughter of the Emperor Meiji.

Prince Asaka studied in Paris in the 1910s, and was joined by Princess Nobuko in 1920 when she went there for two years to nurse him back to health after a serious car accident. The couple were profoundly influenced by the Art Deco movement that had just begun in Europe, and on their return to Japan, built a residence in the sparely elegant, geometical Art Deco style.

Epic Japan Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

building Own or work here? Claim Now! Claim Now!