In medieval city of Krakow, Poland, across the Vistula River from the Wawel castle, there is a center of Japanese art and culture. Downstairs exhibition hall has photographs of Japanese Zen and Tea gardens + a small two tatami mats tea house. Upstairs is filled with different items of Japanese culture - historical and contemporary: from clothes, warrior sword and uniforms, through woodblock prints, books, dolls, ceramics to contemporary flowers. I took some illegal photos (photos were allowed, but no flash - i tried to turn the flash function off, but it didn't work, and it flashed each time) - will post them as soon as I reunite with my computer....
The center has also a small gift shop where i bought a book of Basho's haiku in Polish and a restaurant, with surprisingly authentic Japanese food (I suppose some ingredients are hard to find or substitute).
here is the web address of manggha in Krakow, Poland, and a few pics stolen from the web:
|Japanese Center manngha in Krakow, Poland|
|Distorted image of Wawel castle reflected in manngha window|