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The Kurita Museum

This unique collection of Imari and Nabeshima stems from enthusiasm of Mr. Hideo Kurita, a successful business man , politician and an activist and the Ashikaga native, for Imari and Nabeshima pottery and strong belief that collection of these will be a contribution to the culture preservation.. Opened in 1975, it is the first museum to exhibit only pottery and porcelain produced in Japan.
With area of nearly 24 acres, the Museum Hall is surrounded by a landscaped garden, constructed without destroying the natural beauty. He is said to have spent JPY 50 billion to purchase the collection. Since the opening of the Museum, pottery and porcelain lover from all over the world visited the museum. Among them was Freddie Mercury of Queen, who visited there with then-partner in 1986 on his private travel.

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