Fumio Asakura brought bronze sculpture of Japan into the modern era. The life-size statues in this museum attest to his talent. Asakura's sons and daughters posed for many of his exquisite nudes on display in this museum. They also have the busts he did of his mother and father. Perhaps the most famous collection is the roomful of his feline statues--in all forms: at play, resting, mousing, on the prowl. The extensive grounds contain plantings and many modernistic sculptures in various metals. My favorite resembled two large, shiny, costumed aluminum dancers--he holding her in a traditional reclining ballet pose. At the visitor center a charming staff member prepared cherry blossom tea for our group. She told us she made it by soaking the blossoms in a solution of vinegar and salt. Then she added hot water to create an interesting tea.
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