The museum exhibits the artwork of Eisho Sasaki, who was known as “the wetland artist”
Kushiro Shitsugen Art Museum showcases the works, materials and personal belongings of Eisho Sasaki (1913 – 2012), a well-known marshland painter whose works feature the beautiful natural settings of eastern Hokkaido. He is also honored for his contribution to promote three local national parks: Akan, Shiretoko and Kushiro Shitsugen. Mr. Sasaki won the hearts of many while spending his entire life in Kushiro, producing numerous works portraying local marshland, natural features, people, animals, plants and other objects. The wishes of his fans came true when this museum was opened in June 2013.
The museum’s proximity to the Akan International Crane Center also offers visitors a year-round opportunity to view Japanese cranes, which have been designated a Special Natural Monument of Japan.
The museum showcases detailed oil paintings by the artist who continually watched the local scenes, such as seasonal marshland landscapes and people living near the marshland. Since Mr. Sasaki was also known as a skilled angler, the museum also shows his fishing gear with other beloved articles he had left in his atelier. Exhibits include a fish print of a Japanese huchen he had caught – a fish known among anglers for its elusiveness.
Not only oil paintings but also fishing tackle and Sasaki’s favorite items are on display
Visitors can experience all four seasons of the Kushiro Wetland through Sasaki’s work
Eisho Sasaki kept producing colorful depictions of the fantastical natural beauty of eastern Hokkaido, including the Kushiro Shitsugen (marshland), local residents and the life of flora and fauna. Sasaki is not only remembered as a famous painter, but also as the Japanese huchen fishing mentor of Takeshi Kaiko, a Japanese novelist.
This museum, nestled in the beautiful seasonal environment with blooming sunflowers in summer and Japanese cranes in winter, holds approximately 600 items including his oil and watercolor paintings, drawings, fish prints and fishing gear. The museum’s permanent exhibition mainly features oil paintings, which along with a variety of thematic exhibitions enables visitors to leisurely experience the surrounding natural settings and other features of eastern Hokkaido.
The museum’s Deputy Director, Ms. Noriko Takano, will tell groups of visitors who apply in advance about various episodes in the artist’s life and untold stories behind the exhibited paintings.