September 20, 2011

Mitsuo Aida Museum: A Good Place to Learn About the Traditional Japanese Custom of Sharing

(c)Mitsuo Aida

うばい合えば 足らぬ
わけ合えば あまる

Ubaiaeba Taranu
Wakeaeba Amaru

“If we take from one another, there will never be enough.
If we share with each other, there will be more than enough.”
–Mitsuo Aida

This is one of the popular poems of Mitsuo Aida, a beloved poet and calligrapher in JAPAN.

His words are rather simple, but they convey this traditional Japanese spirit and custom.

Recently in spring 2011, Japan had a big earthquake in TOHOKU, and many people thought there was no hope. However, many foreign media reported with a big surprise that all people in Japan started to help each other and recover gradually without greed or violence.

This is because in Japanese tradition, there is a spirit of “SHARING” which Mitsuo Aida wrote about in his poem. This sharing spirit is seen in times of natural disaster where people of all social classes help each other in order to help everyone survive and bring joy. As a Japanese woman, I am grateful for having this sharing spirit and custom.

More than six months have passed since the earthquake occurred in Japan and Japanese people are still helping each other.

Mitsuo Aida Musiam Website:

Tokyo International Forum B1,
3-5-1, Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-0005

+81(3)6212-3200 (from out side of Japan)

Museum Hours:
10:00a.m - 5:30p.m. (admission until 5:00p.m.)

Close: Mondays (except when Monday is a national Holiday)

Admission (tax included):
Adults / University students - 800yen
Junior/ Senior high school students - 500yen
Elementary school students - 200yen
Senior citizens 70years old or over - 500yen
Infants of Kindergarten age or under - Admission is free
The disabled with escort - Admission is free

A group discount is available.
Note: Free admission for use of Museum shop only

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