Mitsuko Castle

Mitsuko Castle – Japan in Mecklenburg

Museum – Place of Encounter – German-Japanese Grove


The Museum

Mitsuko Castle is a museum of Japanese culture and contemporary art. It houses a large Japan collection of art, folk art, ceramics, textiles and a Japan library. From all this, a part of all this can be seen in exhibition all the time.  This collection also includes a number of permanent loans and donations. In the basement there is the ceramic collection in display cases and among others. Artworks by Mitsuo Fukada. The ground floor shows works by Professor Heinrich Johann Radeloff and several Japanese artists.

Upstairs there are the areas of the permanent exhibition of painting Heinrich Johann Radeloff, textile works such as kimonos, folk art, theatre props. You will also find temporary exhibitions of Japanese and contemporary art.

The place of encounter

The castle organizes tea ceremonies in cooperation with the Urasenke tea school Kyoto. For the Midsummer Draw there is a small tea ceremony, which is adapted to the character of the event. In the castle there is a tea room (there is also coffee) where visitors are welcomed.

Japanese grove

Behind the castle and next to the building is the "Japanese grove" (nihon no mori = holy grove of Japan). In it, the vegetation of Mecklenburg Switzerland is fused with Japanese plants. Stone structures, braided walls, as they are common among the Ainu, from which Professor Johann Heinrich Radeloff learned this technique, tori-i structure and divide the sacred grove. It is a grove modelled on the Shinto groves. In him the spirit, the breath that permeates everything and the spirits, all that moves the world, have their place. A place of spiritual and spiritual tolerance and diversity. It is a quiet and deeply meditative place, but also several times a year events take place on and on stage.

Foundation and name of Mitsuko Castle


The German word history is a beautifully ambiguous word, it means both the stories to be told, what one likes to use today with the word "narrative" and the story as the reflection of what happened, that is, what Was Herodotus, who is the first of "historia" with eyewitness account of what happened. In this sense, Heinrich-Johann Radeloff tells the story when he talks about Japan and Kyoto and when it comes to the background of Mitsuko Castle.

Let him have his say with a video interview that Karin Ahrens conducted with Professor Heinrich-Johann Radeloff for the program "Wir von hier" for the open canal Rostock.

The artist Heinrich Johann Radeloff

Born in 1931 in Prangendorf near Rostock, the artist lived and worked in the Japanese metropolis Kyoto from 1964 until a few years ago. With numerous exhibitions in museums and galleries worldwide, he received many prizes and honours.

For a long time, Prof. Radeloff's desire to make his experience gained in Japan available to the German public. Near his homeland he found the right place for it after the fall of the Berlin Wall in Todendorf. With the help of international artists and friends as well as the members of the association, the extraordinary cooperation of the community, local companies and in particular with the support of the city of Teterow, Prof. Radeloff design and implement the project Schloss Mitsuko with the German-Japanese grove in Todendorf.

 Prof. Heinrich Johann Radeloff on a newly built bridge in the German-Japanese grove 2007

Porta Patet Cor Magis

About my life's work the docu-boku painting
or the exercises of silence

»Finding the tart and true beauty in life. To seek clarity associated with the breath of the Divine. The longing for infinite depth as my guiding idea. The infinite spirit behind the finite things, with the form of the formless. To find the unspeakably lonely color of the water, groping to the infinite depth or the original form in the form of the lonely mountain. It is the voice of solitude, quiet, like a touch of the universe. I have often heard this voice sublimated in my work. A work free from all dogmatism to live with the revelation of creation. This is my request, and in Him is my thinking, it is in the devotion of faith in the inevitable human destiny in the sense of karma. In contrast to today's market values and the culture of the modern West with its logic and dialectics.

Very much through meditation and self-discipline I achieved this development. A way of painting in which the spiritual touch of the ink brush is represented by a simple self-denial of its peculiar appearances. It is in my work, not the tangible external things, but the representation of the inner visibility of our lives. In order to present substantially the incomprehensible spirit of the other world. This mood is now reflected in my docu-boku painting. However, it was precisely in the solitude of my soul that I experienced a peculiar freedom. This has led to a new power potential for me. With a silent own insight, a spiritual conception, the spiritual eye. I will wander through the years to come of my life. More than the eye notices."

Heinrich Johann Radeloff in the 80th Spring on April 26, 2011

Vita Heinrich-Johann Radeloff

to the person

Born 1931 in Prangendorf near Rostock
Visit to the School of Art and Work Mainz and the Chelsea School of Art, London, studied oil painting
Study stays in Sweden, Great Britain, France, Switzerland and travel in Europe
Further study stays in North Africa, Egypt, Middle East, India, Srilanka, Australia (4 years), New Zealand, South Seas, New Caledonia, the United States of America, Canada and China
1964 Arrival in Japan, settled in Kyoto
Practice of Zen Studies at Daitoku-ji Temple, Kyoto
Admission as a pupil with various Japanese masters
Studies with Shodo Master: Calligraphy
Studies with Sumi-e-Master: Ink Picture
Studies with Nihonga Master: Japanese Natural Pigment Color Image
Studies with Raku Master: Ceramics
Workthrough (copy over 13 years) of the ancient Chinese and Japanese ink techniques, especially of shobun, sessho, rosetsu, hakuin, hasegawa tohaku, Sengai, Uragami Gyokud, Tessai, Misao Yokoyama
Long-term development of your own style
1979 Studio building "Takahana Sanb" in the Northern Mountains of Kyoto
1987 Founding of the own painting school »Doku-Boku»
The name Doku-Boku was searched and given by the Zen master Hirata Réshi in the Tenryo-Ji Temple, Kyoto

2001 Co-foundation of the German-Japanese Friends Association Todendorf e.V.

2002 Initiation of the renovation of the todendorf manor house, rezoning for exhibition purposes and design of the German-Japanese grove in the former manor garden.


The list of sponsors is still very incomplete, as it was no longer included in the backup of the old website. We are in the process of reconstructing them from various sources.

Sponsors from Germany:

Franz Prinz zu Sachsen-Altenburg +

Professor Kurt Masur +

Dr. Adolf Kotzauer

Hermann Radeloff and

and many more

Sponsors from Japan:

Archabbot Togaku Kanban

Sosho Yamada, ink painter of the Bokuga Society

Ink painter Kinsui Katori, Tokyo,

Artist Musui Dohno from Hyogo,

Temple builder Masaki Tatenaka from Kyoto,

Artist Prof. Hiroshi Maruyama from Tokyo,

Ceramicist Masakaju Kusakabe from Fukushima

and many more.


The list of artists who have exhibited in Schloss Mitsuko, are represented in the permanent collection or with works in the German-Japanese grove, must be reassembled, since the list is no longer available in the backup of the old page. We apologize for the fact that the list is therefore by no means complete. The site is still under construction.

Japanese artists

Mitsuo Fukada (sculptor)

Masahiko Hayashi deka (illustrator, painter, photographer)

Yoshihiro Yamaya (painter)

Yuka Ijiri Schauwecker (musician, mezzo-soprano)

Azusa Watanabe (pianist)

Senkei Kuwahara (Ikebana Champion)

Kinsui Katori

Masakazu Kusakabe

Lorenz Stefan Radeloff (painting)

Mariko Honda (Saitama)

Junko Sakurai (Osaka)

Masae Umetani (Kyoto)

Hiroshi Egami (Chiba)

Koji Kobayashi (Tokyo)

Keiko Koana (painting)

Satoshi Hoshi (painting)

Takahiro Tanaka (Installation)

Miki Yui (sound performance)


German and other international artists

Klaus Völker (painter)

Heinrich Johann Radeloff (painter)

Hartwig Hamer (painter)

Karl-Michael Constien (painter)

Armin Rieger (ceramic)

Dr. Horst Krüger (sculptor)

Henning Schmiedt (pianist)

Ralph Tepel (painter and sculptor)

Helmut Tollmann (painter and light artist)

Michaela Berning-Tournier (painting),

Wolfgang Blockus (painting and photography),

Timm Kregel (sculpture and graphics),

Peter Merkel (graphic),

Renée Reichenbach (ceramic)

Ute Gallmeister (painting),

Norbert Jäger (sculpture),

Wilfried Duwentester (sculpture),

Hermann J. Mürmann (ink painting),

Xenia von Maltzan (ink painting),

Bernd Kommnick (painting),

Bee Field (painting),

Elvira Martens (glass art)

Tilopa (Tilo Burdach, Zen Flute Master)

Anita Schubert

René Böll (painting, Bornheim)

Susanne Maurer (painting, Berlin)

Franz Riegel (Photography, Klein Markow)

Adelheid Sandhof (painting, Rheinau, Switzerland)

Renate U. Schürmeyer (painting, Jeese)

Klaus Dieter Steinberg (painting, photography, Wismar)

Johannes Daniel Freiherr von Stenglin (Kassel)

Denis Vingt Deux (sculpture, installation, nemes)

Jan Ulenbrook (Karl Gerhard Meier (1909-2000), Haiku)+

Volker Einbock (Bonsai)

Takwe Kaenders (painting)

Katrin Lau (painting / sculpture)

Clemens Heinl (sculpture)

Galina Skryl (painting)

Zoppe Voskuhl (painting)

Ralph Wedhorn (sculpture)

Kerstin Borchardt (painting)

Ulrich Reimkasten (drawing)

Luise Dewerny (painting)

Ute Laux (painting)

Thomas Lehnigk (sculptor)

Sabine Naumann (painting)

Petra Steeger (painting, graphics, installation)

Christian Kabuß (painting)

Andre van Uehm (photography)

Petra Benndorf (ceramic)

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