Kurumaya Museum of Art, Oyama
From the Edo to Meiji periods, the Omoi-gawa river, which lies in the center of Oyama City, used to be the major transportation route to Edo,. The wealthy Ogawa family ran a successful fertilizer business on the Otome-gashi riverbank during this period. At the end of Meiji period, the development of the railway forced the business to relocate to Otome in Oyama City. The family estate, constituted by the five architectural structures that today make up the Kurumaya Museum, includes the main residence, a storehouse, the main gate, a rice storage, and a fertilizer storage. They form an important heritage site that represents the flourishing time of Otome-gashi as well as the high value of modern Japanese style architecture. Therefore, these buildings were registered as tangible cultural heritages in August 2007. Oyama City took advantage of the significance of these buildings and, with a lot of support, renovated and opened the grounds as the Kurumaya Museum of Art in April 2009.
The museum's basic philosophy is to sustain the cultural value of the buildings, to develop knowledge and education about arts and history, and to contribute to various and original cultural productions. Our mission is to maintain our heritage buildings, as well as to introduce a wide range of arts related to Oyama City, from antiques to contemporary art, and to offer visitors opportunities to spend time appreciating a diversity of arts, as well as making efforts to educate and present about the latest arts and cultures suited for the twenty-first century.