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Benjamin McCracken (USA)
The Sagawa Art Museum is a strikingly beautiful museum that is surrounded by, and appears to be floating on the surface of, water.
The Sagawa Museum is surrounded by man-made ponds that make the museum look like it is floating on the water. There are statues in the ponds. They also look like they are floating in the water.
The Sagawa Museum.
The museum descends into the water.
One of the main attractions at the Sagawa Museum is its tea ceremony room. To get to the tea ceremony room, one has to travel through several different corridors.
The path to the tea ceremony room includes a dining area.
The path to the tea ceremony room also has an area where the guests can stop and think while they look out through one of the ponds that surround the museum.
To get to the tea ceremony room, guests have to bend down and fit through a small opening.
The amount of light coming into the museum is carefully controlled so that it creates an interesting atmosphere.
The bamboo panels block the view unless you are walking.
The view from the tea ceremony room has a wonderful view of the ponds surrounding the museum.
A guide shows guests how to sit and enjoy the views from the tea ceremony room.
The view of the museum and the ponds from the tea ceremony room is one of complete synergy between the tea ceremony room and the outside of the museum.
The Sagawa Museum has wonderful, wide-open viewing spaces.
The display rooms are large and showcase the exhbits well.
The museum is a great place to relax and look at rare artwork from around the world.
The steps from the lower galleries take visitors up past the ponds surrounding the museum.
The views of the ponds are almost as breathtaking as the artwork itself.
The museum is a great place to think and reflect on the beauty of the artwork and Shiga.
The museum has several different galleries.
The galleries on the main floor have artwork from several different famous Japanese artists
This is a painting of Enryakuji Temple, one of the famous temples in Shiga.
It is amazing how the museum incorporates water into itself.