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Mimei Ogawa Literature Museum

Mimei Ogawa was an author of short stories, children's stories, and fairy tales who hailed from Joetsu, Niigata prefecture. He studied at Waseda university and was a student of Shoyo Tsubouchi and Lafcadio Hearn. He established himself as a writer while still in university and after graduation wrote many children's stories. Ogawa has been called "Japan's Hans Christian Andersen". Some of his most famous contributions to the genre include "The Mermaid and the Red Candles" and "Nobara" (Wild Rose"). His stories are poetic and often of considerable artistic value. His works helped to raise the value of children's literature. In the literature hall, we introduce not only Ogawa's works but his early life, insights into the era when his stories were written, the human condition and so on in an easy-to-understand manner, as well as collections of modern children's literature. Also, in order to familiarize people with with his works as much as possible, volunteers hold story readings and other events for visitors to the hall. We sincerely look forward to your visit.
















Ogawa often chose everyday scenarios for his children's stories.

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Name of places: Mimei Ogawa Literature Museum
Address: 8-30 Motoshirocho, Joetsu-shi, Niigata
Traffic access(train): Take the Echigo Tokimeki Haneuma Line to Takada Station. From there, it's 30 minutes in foot or 10 minutes by taxi.
Traffic access(bus): Take Kubiki Bus to Takada Koen Iriguchi. From there, it's 5 minutes on foot. Alternately, take the bus to Otemachi Jujiro and from there it's a 10-minute walk.
Traffic access(car): Take the Joetsu-Takada exit on the Joshinetsu expressway and from there it's a 15-minute drive. Or, take the Joetsu exit on the Hokuriku Expressway and it's a 20-minute drive from there.
Tel: 025-523-1083 (in Takada library)
Fax: 025-523-1086 (in Takada library)
Business hours: Open Tuesdays to Fridays, 10:00a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Open till 8:00 p.m. June to September.
Open Saturdays, Sundays and holidays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Average time to see: 20min
Holidays: Closed: Mondays, the day following a public holiday, the 3rd Thursday of every month and Dec.29 - Jan.3, same as for Takada library.
Fee: Free admission
Car parking: Free parking
Link outside: Mimei Ogawa Literature Museum
Facility: Wi-fi available

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