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The Shunan City Museum of Art and History is a nice, modern museum. A short bus ride from JR Tokuyama Station.
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Entrance to Shunan City Museum of Art and History. Admission 200 yen.
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Lobby of Shunan City Museum of Art and History.
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Second floor of Shunan City Museum of Art and History.
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Shunan Museum of Art and History has a large exhibition room dedicated to photographer Tadahiko Hayashi (1918-1990).
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Tadahiko Hayashi was from Tokuyama and his family donated all his photos and camera equipment to this museum.
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Inside the Hayashi Tadahiko exhibition room. Quite spacious. It also has a small video theater interviewing him and showing him at work.
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Entrance to the Hayashi Tadahiko exhibition room. Hayashi is noted for his photos of the post-war years when Japan was poor and devastated by the war.
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Hayashi continued to shoot photos even while on a wheelchair during his final years. His wheelchair and camera equipment (used for his Tokaido Road series) are displayed in the center of the room. He used Contax cameras.
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Hayashi's photos of parentless and dirty street kids smoking and repatriated Japanese soldiers are important visual records of those years.
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Hayashi was also famous for his portraits of famous Japanese novelists. This is a replica of a bar which was a backdrop for one of his famous portraits of Osamu Dazai.
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Another famous portrait by Hayashi is this one of novelist Sakaguchi Ango. Talk about writer's block. Instead of having a Delete key, he just literally trashed his mistakes.
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Also on the 2nd floor is a room showing the history of Tokuyama.
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