Tokuda Shusei Kinenkan Museum

Tokuda Shusei was called “Born Naturalist”.

"I was born at a most terrible time, "Tokuda Shusei explains in his own words of being born into the chaos of the Meiji restoration and his destitute, sickly childhood in Kanazawa. He went on to become a pupil of the famous author Ozaki Koyo and tackle the "immovable reality" around him as it truly was. His masterpieces, produced in rapid succession and written "without excess," secured his position in the "slice-of-life" Naturalistic movement. The museum contains over 600 pieces of writing, including Shusei's five best-known works, Mold, Rough Living, Episode, Masquerade, and Miniature, all of which are introduced using paper dolls and video interpretations of their respective heroines. We hope that by immersing yourself in his writings, you will come to understand Tokuda Shusei as a man who shared a deep connection with the Asanogawa River and the foothills of Mt. Utatsuyama, and how this fondness colored his works.

Biography of Tokuda Shusei

Year Age  
1871 1 Born on December 23rd in present-day Yokoyama-cho, Kanazawa. Given the name Sueo. Third son and sixth child of Tokuda Unpei.
1892 22 Goes to Tokyo with Kiryu Yuyu at the end of March. Tries to visit Ozaki Koyo, but is told by Izumi Kyoka, who is acting as doorkeeper, that the writer is not home. Mails Ozaki his manuscript, but it is returned. Kiryu returns to Kanazawa for school and Shusei goes to Osaka to stay with his eldest brother, Naomatsu.
1895 25 Returns to Tokyo and works at Hakubunkan as a live-in proofreader. Becomes Ozaki Koyo's apprentice on Kyoka's recommendation.
1900 30 Where the Clouds Go is serialized in The Yomirui Shimbun, where it receives favorable literary reviews. Hailed as one of the "Four Kings" apprenticing with Ozaki Koyo.
1904 34 Registers Hama as his wife in March.
1908 38 New Households serialized in The Kokumin Shimbun in October, and praised for its realism.
1911 41 Mold serialized in The Tokyo Asahi Shimbun. Detailing his married life with Hama, it receives high praise, establishing him as a naturalistic author.
1913 43 Sore, his most mature work yet, serialized in The Kokumin Shimbun.
1915 45 Rough Living serialized in The Yomiuri Shimbum starting in January.
1920 50 Fiftieth birthday celebration held for him and Tayama Katai in November.
1926 56 Wife Hama dies suddenly on January 2nd of a cerebral apoplexy, at the age of 46.
1930 60 Takes up dance in March under the instruction of Tamaki Shinkichi. Practically stops writing.
1932 62 In May, starts the Shusei Group (later to become the Arakure Group) with Nakamura Murao, Murou Saisei, Ozaki Shiro, Ibuse Masuji, and Funahashi Seiichi.
1933 63 Receives an award in March for The Town Dancehall published in Keizai Ourai, which ends his slump of several years.
1935 65 In July, serialization of Masquerade begins in Keizai Ourai (later renamed Nihon Hyoron).
1938 68 In January, Autobiographical novel Follow the Light serialized in Fujin no Tomo.
1939 69 Masquerade receives the 1st Kikuchi Kan Award in March.
1941 71 Miniature serialized in The Miyako Shimbun in June, but is cancelled by the Department of Information.
1942 72 Begins writing Snow of My Hometown (unfinished).
1943 73 In July, prepares his final work, On My Sickbed, for printing. Passes away November 18th.




9:30am ~ 5:00pm (No admission after 4:30pm)
Closed New Year's (Dec 29 ~ Jan 3), Exhibition changeovers
Starting in July 2021, the museum will be closed on Tuesdays (or the next weekday if Tuesday is a holiday).


General \310
Group(20+) \260
Over 65 \210
High school age and under Free


Getting here

From JR Kanazawa Station, take the East Exit bus and get off at Hashiba-cho. The museum is a three-minute walk from the bus stop.


Two-car capacity(Handicapped receive priority)

Tokuda Shusei Kinenkan Museum

1-19-1 Higashiyama, Kanazawa 920-0831
Tel:076-251-4300 Fax:076-251-4301

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Follow the Light:Shusei and Kanazawa

See Shusei grow up as Kanazawa modernizes, through his autobiographical novel, Follow the Light. Excerpts from the book, dioramas, pictures, and old photos are used to illustrate life during that period. Connect more deeply with Shusei's works by experiencing his literature visually and following his path on an interactive map.

Paper Puppet Theatre

The spotlight is on the female leads from Shusei's five best-known works. Watch as they bring out the seductiveness of Shusei's writing.

Praise for Shusei

Grasp the high value of Shusei's work through praise and introductions from famous authors and critics, including Nobel prize winner Kawabata Yasunari.

The Study (Reproduction)

Shusei's old study, which still stands in Hongo Morikawa-cho(modern day Hongo Bunkyo-ku), Tokyo, has been reproduced in the ambiance in which he lived. Items he cherished in life are kept in a display case on the side.

Listening Area

Enjoy Shusei's works read aloud, as they are played successively.

Permanent Exhibition

In the Permanent Exhibition Room, meet the people related to Shusei by traveling through six periods of his life accompanied by a biography and related materials (first editions, his first publication, manuscripts, letters, poems, etc.). Enjoy his works with the mindset of the period they were written in.

Video Area

In Shusei and I, hear stories from the people who knew the writer through interviews with Shindo Kaneto, Tokuda Akiko, and Takamatsu Mitsuyo. See how Shusei is connected to Murou Saisei and Izumi Kyoka in the two parts of Kanazawa and the Three Great Writers.

Special Exhibition

Special exhibits are changed throughout the year and introduce the world of Shusei through a number of themes.