The collection consists of about 2100 items that include Japanese paintings, Western paintings, sculpture, handicrafts, calligraphy, and prints.124 Okazaki, Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto Tel: 0 Directions: The Municipal Museum is across the street from the Museum of Modern Art--so the directions are the same as above. It specializes in Japanese art, from the Yayoi Period to the Edo Period.

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) surrounding their great prowess with the sword - used on both male enemies and female admirers - loyalty in the face of certain defeat, and other supposedly lost but true Japanese traits.

These overheated young men won sympathy from many but were detested in Kyoto itself as they were not native to the city.

The Hosomi Museum opened in 1998 and has regular exhibits.

The Hosomi Museum is the collection of the Hosomi family, for which it is named, and features a wide range of Japanese pieces of almost every genre. Sumiya is a two-story building that served as a very high-end restaurant/brothel and dates from more than 350 years ago.

The closest bus stop is "Higashiyama Nijo." It is a ten-minute walk from Higashiyama Station on the Tozai subway line. Sanjo-Takakura, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto, 604-8183 Tel: 0 Directions: Three blocks from the intersection of Sanjo Dori and Karasuma Dori. In 1952 the building was designated as an Important Cultural Property. When you reach a small temple on the left, turn left.

Located on Sanjo Dori in downtown Kyoto, the former main hall (now the annex) is a magnificent brick structure dating from 1906 and was the Kyoto branch of the Bank of Japan. Make your first right and the walls of Sumiya will appear.

Until the late 1960s, this was the location of the shooting of the great films of the "Golden Era" of Japanese filmmaking. Admission Fee: 2,200 yen for adults.10 Uzumasa, Hachigaoka-cho, Ukyo-ku, Kyoto Tel: 0 Directions: Uzumasa Station on the Keifuku line.

From Hanazono Station on the JR Saiin Line, it is a 15-minute walk.

It also has a wonderful cafe that is in the basement but filled with light because of the open design of the building. Located in a former red-light district known as Shimabara, in central Kyoto, Sumiya is now a museum open to the public, and is the last surviving example of "ageya" architecture. 32 Banchi, Ageya-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, Japan Tel: 0 FAX.0 Directions: From JR Tambaguchi Station, which is one stop from Kyoto Station on the Saiin Line, walk south along Senbon Dori (street).