Free admission for gaikokujin!
Through Oct. 9, the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno Park will waive the usual 800 yen admission fee for “foreign nationals” who wish to see the exhibition “Walls & Bridges – Touching the World, Living the World,” which features the work of five artists who overcame barriers to become artists.
Pictured is “Mt. Yufu Seen from Kawanishi” by Katsukichi Higashi, who first took up the brush at 83. The other creators are Tatsuko Masuyama (1917-2006), Silvia Minio-Paluello Yasuda (1934-2000), Zbyněk Sekal (1923-1998), and Jonas Mekas (1922-2019). Their chosen media varies from painting to sculpture to photography and film.
No reservation needed; bring some I.D. that proves your foreign nationality.
The museum has also prepared a guide to the exhibition in “yasashii Nihongo” (easy Japanese), complete with furigana on the kanji, so you can advance your Japanese while you learn about the works and the artists. Pick up a copy at the exhibition or download it in advance: https://www.rekibun.or.jp/yasashii2021. Can’t read Japanese? Listen to a recording of the contents on the link on this page: https://www.rekibun.or.jp/yasashii2021
FYI, this is the same museum showing the Isamu Noguchi exhibition on Aug. 29. (No break on admission, which is 1,900 yen, and reservation required).