Hongo Shin Memorial Museum of Sculpture, Sapporo
Hongo Shin Memorial Museum of Sculpture is a quietly passionate museum of emotionally moving sculptures.
Hongo Shin (1905–1980) is one of the best-known sculptors to come out of Sapporo. There are approximately 80 outdoor sculptures by Shin placed all over Japan. The Museum collection includes 1,800 pieces, including sculptural works, plaster models for outdoor sculptures, and a massive number of sketches. Each energetic finger of the model for Hoyusetsu no mon [snow and ice gate], located inside Wakkanai Park in Wakkanai, appears to have a life of its own. They look as if they are emotional beings screaming in frustration.