Mitsui Fine Arts
San Rafael, California
+1 415 336 6651
WELCOME TO THE TREE HOUSE OF MITSUI FINE ARTS
ADVENTURE STARTS HERE
Tucked away between the rolling hills of San Rafael, Misako Mitsui, owner of Mitsui Fine Arts lives amongst the trees. You must crane your neck upwards to observe the house, which appears to perch somewhat precariously like a tree house balanced among the branches.
TAKE THE FIRST STEP
The stone footpath beyond Misako’s humble wooden gate guides one’s feet to pass over it deliberately. By the time you reach the steps and wooden porch to the front door, the outer world will feel pleasantly distant. Your walk slowly primed your body to the heightened sensory awareness of Misako’s space.
Her home is a mix between old-world Japan and Northern Californian Wabi. Once inside, you will find her daily preference of objects, scrolls, and perhaps flowers, which have been chosen in response to the season or the whims of a particular day. You will be encouraged to explore freely while Misako prepares you a warm cup of the finest tea.
Allow your curious eye to guide you from room to room. You may be taken by the gesture of paint on a scroll or moved by the elegant patina of an age-old silver kettle. However you experience what you see, your immediate interests in a particular object will unfold over slow and deliberate conversation with Misako.
Taking the time to speak with her about each artwork allows you to become more attuned to the nuances in their form and sheds light upon the deep well of history each contains. You start to feel as if the artwork slowly opens up and communicates directly to you.
The customs which dictate the movements of objects from Mitsui Fine Arts to their new guardians are informed by traditions far older than those that govern the swift and volatile contemporary art market.
Mitsui Fine Arts offers an alternative experience—one in which the buyer may enter into Misako’s meditative, idiosyncratic world. She always invites us into her realm of knowledge by sharing the stories and lore of her objects through her writings on this website. Even so, one may too visit Misako’s tree house if they wish to experience her collection.
Consider this visit as a moment in the object’s history; an experience as tangible and distinct as that which any one piece of art could provide on its own.
Whether you wish to meet Misako at her tree house, or experience her world online, it all starts with an email.
For inquiries and to schedule an appointment,
please email Misako at: