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D.T. Suzuki Museum opened in 2011 to commemorate and celebrate the life and work of Kanazawa born famous Japanese Zen philosopher D. T. Suzuki (1870-1966). The museum is not only a place to learn about D. T. Suzuki's life and thoughts, but its structure puts Zen ideas into practice, with a special area where visitors can sit quietly and meditate. The museum is not very large, but it is well worth visiting as a place to learn Zen Buddhism and appreciate the elegant modern architecture.
The museum has two main parts: internal and external. Inside the museum is an exhibition space that showcases the life of D. T. Suzuki. D. T. Suzuki is a prolific writer and translator who has written more than 100 books on Zen Buddhism in English. His works have played an important role in introducing Eastern philosophy to the Western world and have deeply influenced many Western writers, philosophers, poets and musicians. In the exhibition area of the museum, you can learn about his life and writing through photographic exhibits and memorabilia, and provide information in English. An interactive touch screen provides more information, and there's a study area where you can read his books in English and Japanese.
Outside the museum are contemplative Spaces and water mirror gardens designed by architect Yoshio Taniguchi. This garden is arguably the most important feature of the museum, as its clean and simple design is a physical manifestation of Professor Suzuki's abstract beauty. The meditation space is a simple square room that opens on all sides and overlooks the tranquil water. Here you can sit, breathe, and enjoy a moment of peace.
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