It may sound like a long shot in today’s world when we say that he is a “scientist and essayist”. But it doesn’t matter, because Nakaya Ukichiro’s (1900-62) work on snow and ice is full of beauty. It is as if art is making up for the time we spend waiting for science to find the solution.
I always wanted to go there in the winter season when it snows. The Nakaya Ukichiro Museum of snow and ice is located by the lake in his hometown, Katayamazu Municipality in Ishikawa Prefecture. Designed by architect Arata Isozaki in 1994, the building overlooks a lake that reflects the snow-covered Hakusan Mountains like a mirror, making it look like a small base in the farthest reaches of extreme cold. There, curious scientists, fascinated by the mysteries of nature, search for the logic behind the beauty in the name of their mission. It is as if they secretly wish they could never discover it.
NAKAYA UKICHIRO MUSEUM OF SNOW AND ICE
i-106 Ushiozu-machi, Kaga-shi, Ishikawa