Buaiso Museum, Tokyo
“Buaiso” is the former home of Mr. And Mrs. Shirasu. Today a museum of the couple and is kept as it appeared when they lived there.
Who is Shirasu Jiro and Shirasu Masako?
Shirasu Jiro (17 February 1902 – 28 November 1985) was a Japanese diplomat and businessman. He was a member of Shigeru Yoshida’s government during the Occupation. His wife Masako (7 January 1910 – 26 December 1998) was a collector and expert of fine Japanese art, on which she published a number of books. The article “Masako Shirasu: woman of the world” of Japan Times will help you understand her.
They both studied overseas. Jiro studied at Clare College, Cambridge and Masako studied at The Hartridge School (now Wardlaw-Hartridge School), New Jersey.
So then a Western way of life that appears throughout their house and equipment.
In the farmhouse with a dilapidated thatched-roof, there are various adorable equipment, antique art, and serving dishes that Masako collected through her eyes. (Pictures prohibited in the house. Official site shows some images.)
It has a peculiar ambience with Western way and Japanese traditional.
There is a stone pagoda in the garden. When Jiro died, she buried his hair under the pagoda.
Listening to the sound of the wind through bamboo leaves, close my eyes.