Nishijin Asagi Museum

A quiet space to enjoy many textile works of art woven by a 1800-needle Jacquard loom with the extremely detailed techniques of Nishijin textile

World renowned weaving techniques – the art & craft of Nishijin textile

The history and tradition of Nishijin textile dates back some 1,500 years. Yet, in search of innovation, this textile center dispatched craftsmen to France in the early days of the Meiji period (1868-1912) to learn industrial weaving techniques, resulting in the introduction of the Jacquard loom system in Nishijin, pushing this textile center to the fore of silk fabric production, which carries on to this day. And, reproducing famed paintings in Japan and from around the world, an 1800-needle Jacquard is still being put to magnificent use to create textile artworks at the Asagi Museum.  These Nishijin textile crafted artworks are turned into one-piece sashes, double-woven sashes, folding screens and hanging scrolls, expressing – as if brush-painted directly - an amazing fidelity to works of art by master artists, such as those in the Buddhist art field as well as Tawaraya Sotatsu and Ogata Korin of the Rinpa school, Katsuhika Hokusai, Utagawa Hiroshige and others from the world of ukiyoe (an artform that influenced many European painters), and Maruyama Okyo and Ito Jakuchu. Indeed, the museum has woven works of impressionist art by Van Gogh and Monet, brilliantly expressing the very touch of the brush in textile weaving. Among these, the use of luminous yarns in certain works turns them into masterpieces that shine in the dark. Thus, a visit to this museum offers the gratifying enjoyment to be discovered in the beautifully opulent and detailed world of Nishijin textile.

photoSilk and gold tea-ceremony room

Silk and gold tea-ceremony room

photoNishijin textile folding screen shining in the dark

Nishijin textile folding screen shining in the dark

photoFront entrance hall

Front entrance hall


Which war was the origin of the name of Nishijin textile? (Answer) Onin War

Address 7th floor Tsukaki Square 661 Karasuma-Bukkoji, Shimogyo-ku
TEL 075-353-5746
FAX 075-343-1150
URL https://asagi-museum.jp/
Hours 10:00~17:00 (Last entry by 16:30)
Closed Sat, Sun, Nat Hols, spring hols (Golden Week), 10/8~20/8, 25/12~10/1, and exhibition changeovers
Adm Adult ¥500, High school and university students ¥400, Junior high school students and younger Free of charge (Discount of ¥100/person for groups of 20 or more)
Access Very close to Exit 6 of Shijo Subway Sta./A 5-min walk from Exit 23 of Hankyu Karasuma Sta.

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