This is a museum where visitors can trace the changes in Chinese kanji characters and their shapes from the pre-Christian time to the present through its collection of valuable cultural properties.
The Calligraphy Museum preserves and displays the historical Japanese and Chinese calligraphy-related materials collected by Fusetsu Nakamura, who was known as a Western-style painter and oriental calligrapher and was active in the early 1990s. The display areas consist of the main building, which was constructed at the time of the foundation of the museum in 1936, and the Fusetsu Nakamura Memorial Museum, which was constructed in 2000. The main building is registered as an Important Historical Property of Tokyo. The museum owns approximately 16,000 pieces of art, including designated National Important Cultural Properties and Art Treasures. The museum shows the historical changes in handwriting styles from the oldest Chinese character inscriptions on animal bones and tortoise shells from the pre-Christian time to the kaisho print style, which is the current standard kanji character-writing style. One of the other highlights of the museum is that it displays various items for visitors to enjoy learning history from the exhibits such as Buddha statues, stone monuments, bronzeware, and writing tools and stationery. Elaborate exhibitions with different themes are held 3 to 4 times a year, and special collaboration exhibitions with the Tokyo National Museum are also held. The museum is a five-minute walk from the JR Uguisudani Station's North Exit.