The Nezu Museum is not located in Nezu, although the name Nezu is included in the area known as Yanesen, a famous strolling spot. The museum is located in Minami-Aoyama, which has an elegant atmosphere, in contrast to Nezu, which is popular for its downtown atmosphere. The Nezu Museum is named not after Nezu, but after Kaichiro Nezu, the collector of the museum's collection, which is the basis of the museum's holdings. The Nezu Museum was built on the site of Kaichiro Nezu's residence to preserve and exhibit his collection.
Needless to say, the museum's collection, which includes seven national treasures and 88 important cultural properties, is outstanding, but personally, the garden that extends behind the main building is just as impressive. Walking through the garden, which is large enough to shatter the assumption that it is not so spacious because it is located in the center of the city, one comes across Buddha statues, tea ceremony rooms, a torii gate, a small shrine, and one almost forgets that one is in the center of the city.
The Buddha statue in the photo was found in the garden of the Nezu Museum. Unlike the Buddha statues in the air-conditioned museum, the Buddha statue in the rain had a ring made with the thumb and ring finger of its right hand. Although this is probably a sign of preaching, and is supposed to represent the Buddha preaching with gestures, to me it looks like a sign for money (in Japan, making a loop with fingers often means money). Perhaps many people feel the same way as I do, but there were a number of money offering coins placed in the palm of the Buddha statue.
|Aug 2022 STILL LIFE TOKYO
|AOYAMA BUDDHA STATUE FINGER GARDEN MONEY MUSEUM
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