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  Chihiro Art Museum Azumino, located in Chihiro's spiritual hometown of Azumino, Nagano Prefecture, opened its doors in 1997. It is surrounded by a 35,000-square meter park with a clear stream, Chigawa.
  Here visitors can enjoy Chihiro Iwasaki's artwork along with regular exhibits featuring selections from the International Collection and a display presenting the history of picture book illustrations.
  The building was designed to be a place for visitors to relax and feel at home, offering a respite from the bustle of everyday life. Besides the several quiet exhibit rooms for viewing art, a picture book library, play room, café with a terrace, and museum shop with a variety of original Museum goods contribute to the enjoyment of visitors of all ages.
  In the park, visitors can see Chihiro's restored studio along with the Stone Project and Ponds designed by Czech artist Kvĕta Pacovská. The surroundings, with flowers that accent the distinctive colors of each season, groves and a stream, also offer the ideal location for a leisurely outdoor stroll any time of the year.


A new wing was opened in March 2001.
Photographs by Nobuaki Nakagawa



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