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Han-ba Museum collects and exhibits materials for a creature called Han-ba that is a mythical creature I imagined. It is said that Han-ba is in horse shape but has only two legs, inhabits in Japan since ancient times. Although there are a few cases of eyewitness accounts such as “Big foot” or “Nessie”, its existence is biologically close to unclassified one. In the Museum, biological or historical data for Han-ba are put on display. There are wide varieties of exhibits such as an ancient epistle, a mummy, a clay doll, a folk tale, and recorded nicker by coincidence etc. A caption and comment are attached to all the exhibits. Comment explains characteristics of these exhibits and when and by whom it was first discovered.
Although there are a variety of exhibits, breathing Han-ba itself does not exist as an exhibited object. That’s why beholders have no choice but imagine or suppose the existence of Han-ba from exhibited materials. In that process, beholders are going to trace past human’s behavior or the history of society from documents attached to exhibits. I mean this work has the structure as follows: the more you try to know about Han-ba, the better culture will come in sight.
And the work has also a critical aspect of museums.