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Nagano Obuse | Town of Art and Culture

Nagano Obuse | Town of Art and Culture

During the Edo Period (1603-1867), Obuse was a prosperous town rich in art and culture. Staying true to its heritage, the small town continues to offer visitors a variety of art museums, a sake brewery, shops and restaurants around the narrow lanes and attractive, traditional style buildings at its center. Obuse owes much of its acclaim to the famous painter, Hokusai, who spent several years here. A collection of his work can be seen at the Hokusai Museum at the center of town.

A short walk away down the narrow Chestnut Alley is the rear entrance of the Takai Kozan Memorial Museum. This was the former residence of Takai Kozan, the wealthy merchant who brought Hokusai to Obuse as his patron and student. The museum exhibits several of Kozan's paintings, many of which depict scenes of Japanese ghosts and goblins, as well as some of his calligraphy works. The building itself is notable for its hidden rooms and secret passages.

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