pic200_01Opened in 1959, Noda City Museum is a first registered museum in Chiba prefecture (located next to Tokyo ). The museum was started based on a vigorous cultural movement of the citizen, who were members of the Convention of Noda Regional Cultural Institution. Dr. Kiyoyuki Higuchi of Kokugakuin University led archaeological surveys, and projects such as construction of a commemorative stone with a Manyo poem inscribed, and exhibition on Japanese food culture also contributed to the development of the museum. Citizens were self-motivated enough to do historical study and collection purchasing by themselves. The museum building is designed by Mamoru Yamada, an architect well-known for the work of Kyoto Tower and Nihon Budokan. The exterior appearance is modeled on Azekura Zukuri of Shosoin-the traditional storage building of 8 th century Japan .

As Noda is famous for soy sauce making, NCM constitutes a unique collection of soy sauce brewery tools and related materials. Since its opening, the museum has exhibited them as well as putting archaeological, historical and folklore local materials on show. The special exhibition in 1996, on Naoji Yamanaka, a local composer of children’s song, added momentum to the citizen’s promotion activities of his music.

From 2007, the exhibitions, events and the facility management of NCM will be commissioned to a local nonprofit organization (NPO) Noda Culture Square , designated from the city as its administrator. Also in charge with the management of Noda Civic Center (Old Mogisaheiji House) on the same premise, Noda Culture Square will make the place as a center of Career Designing, which to promote people’s interactions, in addition to conventional functions of museum in general. Museums were hitherto the place for objects but NCM concern more about people; as well as collecting and surveying historical sources, people’s life and career will become the subject of our survey. The projects we do have a wide variety-from special exhibitions, lecture sessions (Terakoya), museum concerts, parties, making human resources’ data bank, town guides, support of the formation of citizen study groups, and parent-and-child’s tea ceremonial class. From its opening 47 years have passed; NCM has now given a new role and going to re-start.