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Rankafu and Oyamazaki Villa: Passionate Enthusiasm of a Man Who Lived in the Age of “Great Osaka

March 9, to May 12, 2024

—A Commemoration of the 70th Anniversary of the Death of Shotaro Kaga and the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd.

This exhibition commemorates the 70th anniversary of the death of Shotaro Kaga (1888–1954), a businessperson who built Oyamazaki Villa, and the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Nikka Whisky Distilling Co., Ltd., to which he contributed.The exhibition retraces the footsteps of Shotaro Kaga and introduces a wide range of people to Oyamazaki Villa and the Rankafu (“Orchid Picture Prints”), both of which are valuable assets that he left behind to future generations.


March 9, to May 12, 2024
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Last entry 4:30 pm.)


March 11, April 8, 15, 22, 30, May 7


Asahi Group Oyamazaki Villa Museum of Art.


Adults : 1,100 yen (group admission: 1,000 yen)
Senior high school or university students : 500 yen (group admission: 400 yen)
Junior high school students or younger : Free
Visitors with a disability certificate : 300 yen

Supporting Groups

Kyoto Prefecture, Oyamazaki Town, Oyamazaki Town Board of Education, NHK Kyoto Broadcasting Station, The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd, and FM-Kyoto Inc.

Sections of the exhibition

1. Shotaro Kaga and Oyamazaki Villa
2. Visitors at Oyamazaki Villa
3. Views of Oyamazaki Villa
- Shotaro Kaga’s chronology
4. Shotaro Kaga’s spirit of challenge
5. Riotous profusion of orchids–the world of Rankafu
- Zone commemorating the 90th anniversary of Nikka Whisky

The Age of “Great Osaka”

In 1925, Osaka City merged with surrounding towns and villages to become Japan’s largest city in terms of population and area. The metropolis was reportedly the sixth most populous city in the world after New York, London, Berlin, Chicago, and Paris. Called “Great Osaka,” the city in those days was the driving force behind the Japanese economy.

Main Exhibits

Rankafu (“Orchid Picture Prints”) No.40 Paphiopedilum King Albert
Rankafu (“Orchid Picture Prints”) No.72  Laeliocattleya Peleus ‘Oyamazaki’
Pictorial Map of Oyamazaki Villa , our museum
Source: Ibaraki Country Club 10th Anniversary Magazine (published in 1934)

Poster Visual

Café Event

During the exhibition period, the museum’s café will offer special original cakes crafted by RIHGA Royal Hotel Kyoto on the themes of the exhibition. The café also offers a fine view from the terrace.
For a limited time, whisky and soda will be added to the menu.



This gorgeous cake, designed in honor of Rankafu, is reminiscent of a large-flowered cattleya. The strawberry-flavored sponge layer cake is filled with raspberry jam and has raspberry buttercream and jam on top. The garnish of lemon peel adds a refreshing accent. This cake will please both the eye and the palate.

Madam Chiyoko

This cake is named after Shotaro Kaga’s wife Chiyoko, who was praised as the “Belle of Takatsu.” The moist layers, made with a batter mixed with marzipan, butter, bitter chocolate, and chopped walnut and orange, are filled with apricot jam and topped with chocolate mirror glaze. This cake also goes very well with whisky.

Cooperation Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto
Price Single sweet dish: 900 yen
Sweet dish and beverage set (choose one drink from the menu): 100 yen discount from total amount

* BLACK NIKKA Clear Highball will be added to the menu for a limited time(700 yen/250ml).
* Tax included. The museum admission fee is charged separately.