Sep 15, 2018 Aki District

Fudenosato Kobo, Learn The Tradition and History of Brush Making in Kumano, Hiroshima

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Discover the Tradition and History of Brush making at Fudenosato Kobo, a brush pen Museum!

*The facility will be closed for half a year for renovations, from November 5th, 2018 to the end of April, 2019.

The Town of Kumano Fude with 180 Years of Brush Making History

Photo Credit: Fudenosato Kobo

Kumano-cho is the highest producer of brushes in Japan, and home to the “Kumano Brush,” a traditional arts and crafts. Making use of the region’s unique flavor that comes from 180 years of brush making history, Fudenosato Kobo was born in 1994 with the primary role of brush making.

Fudenosato harmonizes people, culture, and nature. This facility tells the tradition and history of the Kumano brush.

*The facility will be closed for half a year for renovations, from November 5th, 2018 to the end of April, 2019.

Permanent Exhibition

The permanent exhibition is on the basement floor, down the stairs from the first floor, where the shop is found. You cannot take pictures at the exhibitions regularly held on neighboring floors, but it’s okay to take pictures at the permanent exhibition.

*Photography is not allowed at some displays.

The decorations you see on the wall right after you come down the stairs are sections of hieroglyphic characters. When put together with the decorations on the door on the opposite side, it makes the character for “Brush”. And when you move closer…

You see that it’s a piece of art made by lining up small brushes, one by one! At this museum, art is given great attention, down to small details.

The Largest Brush In The World

Displayed at the center of the permanent exhibition floor is the largest brush in the world. The largest brush was made upon the opening of the museum in 1994 (6th year of the Heisei era), and it serves as a symbol of Fudenosato Kobo.

It is 3.7 meters long, and weighs 400 kilograms. The hair used for the brush’s bristles come from horse tails. This brush is something that shocks visitors with its grand atmosphere.

The stone underneath the brush is also important. Just like the brush, it’s a tool used for calligraphy. It’s the raw ore used to make ink stones, called “Genshoseki,” a type of slate from Ogatsu in Miyagi prefecture, which is a famous production area.

The same type of stone is used for the floor of the permanent exhibition floor. You can see how these two regions interact since they both have a strong calligraphy culture.

The Brush and Civilization

The displays surrounding the largest brush in the world introduce the history and origins of the brush. There are panels which follow the history of brushes era by era, as well as reproductions of ancient brushes.

The Power of Expression of the Brush

The “Power of Expression of the Brush” corner is a display where you can actually see and interact with many different kinds of brushes, papers, and ink sticks. You can explore the differences between various writing brush materials too, like feeling the softness or resilience of hair from goats and horses.

Experience and Observation Corner

 Brush Making Observation And Experience

After passing through the display corner is the “Home of the Brush Maker.” Here, traditional craftsmen demonstrate brush making for the entire time the museum is open. Come to the tatami mats and observe the techniques of the craftsmen up close!

*There are times when the craftsmen are away on break.

A traditional craftsmen carrying on with his work efficiently. If there’s anything you’d like to know about brush making, please feel free to ask!

The entire process of brush making is displayed. You can really see just how brushes are made. It’s also possible to have a brush making experience with help from traditional craftsmen here!

With a reservation made a week in advance, you can even have your named etched on the handle of the brush. Also, you can join a hand drawn Yuzen demonstration and experience at the “Demonstration of Yuzen” area on the opposite side.

Various Classrooms And Workshops

In addition to the displays inside the museum, there are also classrooms and art exhibition workshops which make use of the brush held throughout the year.

Making Simple Art For ¥500

At the  Kumanofude Information Center on the first floor, you can have a simple “brush art experience” for ¥500. How about using many different kinds of brushes to paint simple art on coasters, fans, or colored paper here?

Free Rental Tablets in English/Japanese

The displays at Fudenosato Kobo do not include English, but you can rent a tablet at reception. The “Panorama tour” guide, which shows you around the museum, will help you enjoy Fudenosato Kobo to the fullest.

Museum Shop

Original products and authentic, hand drawn items are sold here.

Kumano Brush Flagship Store

Products from 32 brush manufacturing companies in Kumano-cho are sold at this select shop. There are over 1,500 types of calligraphy, art, and makeup brushes that you can actually hold and select from. You can really feel the quality of the brushes when you try writing calligraphy or use them for makeup touch-ups.

Facility Information

Fudenosato Kobo
Address 5-17-1 Nakamizo, Kumanocho, Aki-gun (map)
Closest Station JR Yaga Station
Open 10:00am – 3:00pm
*Admission ends at 4:30pm
Closed Monday
*If it’s a national holiday, the following day will be closed.
New year holidays
Website Official Website
Entrance Fee Adult: ¥600
Child: ¥250
Toddler: Free
*Workshops require a separate fee

Access From Hiroshima City

Bus from JR Hiroshima Station

Price: ¥670      Required time: 1.5h-

*At present (September, 2018), buses via Hiroshima Station are not in operation due to a natural disaster. Please either check for special buses, or choose the “JR and bus” access route.

JR Hiroshima Sta.

Hiroden Bus
Kumano line
Bound for Kumano Hagiwara

Fudenosato Kobo

JR Train+Bus from Hiroshima Sta.

Price: ¥480      Required Time: 1h       Change: 1tiime

JR Hiroshima Sta.

JR Kure Line

Hiroden Bus Kumano Line
Bound for Kumano Hagiwara

Fudenosato Kobo

Bus from Downtown Hiroshima

Price: ¥670       Required time: 1.5h-

JR Hiroshima Sta.

Hiroden Bus
Kumano line
Bound for Kumano Hagiwara
(1h10 mins)

Fudenosato Kobo