Nakano House Museum

The spotlight this time is on the Nakano House Museum-an absolutely gorgeous place that I am surprised even NEEDS the spotlight in the first place. Not only is it a photographer’s paradise (especially in the fall), but it holds so much history and art that it is definitely worth a visit (or three).



Now through June 28th, 2015 the Niigata Bandaijima Art Museum is featuring a highly unique cross-over exhibition. The selection explores how modern Korean and Japanese artists experienced and represented the space known as “Korea” from the 1890’s through the 1960’s—a turbulent period marked by war, colonization, and dramatic cultural change.

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Niitsu Railway Museum


It was November 20th, 1897 (Meiji 30) when the first train graced the rails of the newly opened Niitsu Station. At the time, Niitsu was nothing more than a small way-station on the line connecting Nuttari and Ichinokido. But with the opening of the eastward running Gan’etsu Line and the Uetsu Honsen Line, Niitsu Station became an important crossroad for trains traveling to and from Fukushima prefecture in the east and Yamagata prefecture in the north. In time, Niitsu came to be compared with Maibara (a predominant station located in the Kansai area) as a vital railway node.

At the height of business, as many as 1 in 4 of Niitsu’s working population made their living working for the rails.

This month, the Niigata English Journal introduces the Niigata City Niitsu Railway Museum, a museum organized in honor of the bright triumph, quiet decline, and current contributions of Niitsu’s railway enterprise.