The Shinjuku Nakamuraya Building scheduled to open on Oct 29 will house the “Nakamuraya Salon Museum” to showcase artworks by Japanese artists.

The museum will display artworks by artists from the end of the Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods. The selected artists including sculptor Rokuzan Ogiwara, painter Tsune Nakamura, sculptor/painter/poet Kotaro Takamura and poet/calligrapher/historian Aizu Yaichi are those who frequented Nakamuraya in their days.

The 240-square meter museum consists of an exhibit and multipurpose space. One of its missions is to contribute to and support local and up-and-coming artists.

Nakamuraya began as a bakery in 1901. In 1909, it moved its main store to Shinjuku, Tokyo. Soon after, it began making and selling Japanese and western confectionaries. Its founders Aizo and Kokkou Soma supported artists and persons of culture, which made their store similar to a European salon, where people could gather for exchanges. The main store in Shinjuku is temporarily closed until its renewal opening this Oct 29.