An exciting programme that examines the interchange of influence between Japanese design and the British Arts & Crafts movement to mark the Japan-UK Season of Culture, one of the UK's finest examples of arts & crafts architecture.
House of the Setting Sun leads with a new exhibition of rarely or previously unseen objects including an exquisite hand-embroidered 19th-century Kimono, a collection of traditional Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock prints and a fascinating display of 19th and 20th-century Japanese and British ceramics, including works from the father of British Studio pottery, Bernard Leach.
Visitors will discover popular themes inspired by Japanese culture throughout the house and gardens. Children will be inspired and fascinated by an adventure trail that reveals Blackwell's resident yōkai monsters, a family of mythical and mischievous creatures with peculiar traits and intriguing stories to tell.
House of the Setting Sun also inspires a new seasonal menu in the Blackwell Tea Room. With a new chef on board, visitors will be delighted to find new mouth-watering dishes using local and seasonal ingredients and imaginative specials from Japanese cuisine.