Where Artists and Culturists Gathered
The renowned artist KITAOJI Rosanjin (1835-1959) was a master calligrapher, woodcarver, and ceramicist. His works have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. This cottage was his home during his stay in Ishikawa in 1915. Originally built as an annex of the Yoshinoya Ryokan (inn) in the early Meiji era (1868-1912), it was a place where the wealthy townsmen of the area would gather to enjoy art and culture. For Rosanjin, who continued to visit and cultivate close connections with these men following his stay, it was a place of learning and solace, and a second home. While staying at the cottage, Rosanjin also learned the art of pottery under the tutelage of Suda Seika, a Kutani-yaki (Kutani porcelain) artist in Yamashiro Onsen. Today, visitors can see the rooms where he lived and worked preserved almost exactly as he left them.