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The Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Kakimori Bunko

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One of the 3 major places for haikai (a popular genre of Japanese linked verse) collection

Itami has been thriving since the Edo period because of sake brewing industries, which also made haikai a kind of popular culture and ancient men of letters have always been gathering in Itami. With the cultural heritage accumulated during that time, and the materials systematically collected by Rihee Okada (Assumed name: Kakimori), the Public Interest Incorporated Foundation, Kakimori Bunko, is founded.

About 11,000 collections are kept here, including Japanese books, scrolls and paper strip of Basho's handwritten "Furu-ike-ya verse (the famous frog and pond verse; literally, old pond)". Kakimori Bunko, "Shachiku & Chikurei Bunko" of University of Tokyo Library System and "Wataya Bunko" of Tenri Central Library are reputed as the 3 major places for haikai collection.

Exhibitions related to traditional Japanese culture like haikai & haiku (a very short form of Japanese poetry) are usually held here under unique projects, which are centered on the collections in the Bunko accompanying with other masterpiece collections. These exhibitions not only can widen your understanding about the literature of haikai & haiku, but also can interest you to learn about them.

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  • Address: 2-5-20, Miyanomae, Itami City, 664-0895
  • Tel: 072-782-0244
  • Fax: 072-781-9090
  • Open: 10:00~18:00 (Last admission at 17:30)
  • Closed: Mondays (If Monday is a national holiday, the facility is closed the following day instead.) Closed from December 29 to January 3 for exhibits renewal