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MIHO MUSEUM is located in the mountains of Shigaraki and has an impressive collection of ancient art, a cafe and beautiful architecture.
The path leading up to the MIHO MUSEUM is based on a Chinese poem called "Peach Blossom Valley", about a fisherman who finds a mysterious cave that leads to paradise.
He enters the cave... (note that the tunnel is curved so you cannot see the way out, and the walls absorb sound, so there are no echoes)
...finally, he sees a light...
...and in the distance, the thatched roofs of a village...
...in our case, the entrance to the museum. (By the way, this brige is held up by cables, and its surface allows water to fall through to the plants below.)
Maddie taking a closer look at the rubber bits used to make the bridge.
The entire museum ground was designed with great care taken to coexist with the natural surroundings.
The architecture alone is a reason to visit the museum.
As explained by our English-speaking guide, this museum was designed by I.M. Pei to reflect its founding idea that simply seeing beautiful things can purify one's soul.
One of the hundreds of beautiful works on display. This particular one is a floor piece, so this shot is taken looking down from the balcony above it.
Nature need not be separate from us.
Inside the museum was a beautiful cafe that one might even mistake for an exhibit.
This café uses food grown in the Shumei Natural Agricultural style. According to our guide, this is different from Organic. It requires pure soil, seed saving, sunlight, water, and Love. We highly recommend their hot chocolate.
In "Peach Blossom Valley", the fisherman spends a few days in the village, feasting and enjoying paradise before returning home through the cave. However, when he attempts to return another day, he cannot. The path has disappeared. At the MIHO MUSEUM, we saw ancient treasures from around the world, ate delicious food, and experienced "another world", away from civilization. Lucky for us, the cave never closes, and we can go back anytime.