The Edo-Tokyo Museum is situated in the heart of the bustling city of Tokyo. It gives visitors a glimpse of early life in the ancient city and envisions what the future has in store for the modern metropolis. The museum opened its doors in 1993 in a one-of-a-kind building modeled after an elevated-floor warehouse. It is a popular landmark and favorite destination of visitors of Japan.
Join KCP Fall 2016 students as they experience the history and culture of Japan and its people at the Edo-Tokyo Museum!
Edo-Tokyo Musem, KCP Fall 2016 students. |All photos at KCP Flickr.
Recently, KCP Winter 2016 students visited the Edo-Tokyo Museum as a cultural activity: a wonderful way to learn first-hand about the history and way of life of the Japanese people.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum, located in the heart of the bustling metropolis, gives visitors a glimpse of early life in the ancient city and envisions what the future has in store for Tokyo. The museum opened its doors in 1993 in a one-of-a-kind building modeled after an elevated-floor warehouse. It is a popular landmark and favorite destination of visitors of Japan.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum’s permanent exhibit showcases original objects and replicas of what local Japanese people used at the time in their everyday lives from the city’s 400 year long history since the reign of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Several times a year, the museum also holds special exhibitions located at the first floor gallery. There are also various events, lectures, and workshops focusing on the history and culture of Edo-Tokyo.
Join KCP’s Winter 2016 students as they visit Edo-Toyo Museum.
To view more photos of the trip, visit KCP Flickr.
In mid-November, the KCP fall term’s culture class went to Edo-Tokyo Museum to catch a glimpse of Tokyo’s history through various artifacts and exhibits. The museum showcases Tokyo’s past, from its humble beginnings as a small fishing village called Edo, to the bustling mega-metropolis it is today.
Check out our photos of the excursion!
This Ford type A was used as a taxi in the early Showa period. Back then it was 1 yen per ride! Of course, 1 yen’s value in Japan then was different from that of today. | KCP Flickr
You’ll need two people to carry you on this taxi. | KCP Flickr
The Edo-Tokyo Museum has tons of detailed mini-models of buildings and town to show the life in Edo. Tiny plastic dolls in the town models are all unique and hand-painted. | KCP Flickr
Fire was a big deal—there were 48 groups of fire fighters in Edo. Each group had their own matoi, a symbol for a leader to carry and wave on a roof in case of nearby fire. It weighs about 15 kg. Fire fighting has always been a tough job! | KCP Flickr
KCP students get a close look at silver coins during the Edo era. | KCP Flickr
KCP students view a detailed model of the Echigoya shop in the Edo period. The business started in 1673 and became the famous Mitsukoshi department store that we all know today. | KCP Flickr
Read our previous post about KCP’s excursion to Edo-Tokyo Museum this February.
The Edo-Tokyo Museum is a must-see for those who want to learn more about the rich culture and history of Tokyo. Founded March 28, 1993, the museum is a repository of Tokyo’s heritage, from its origins as a small fishing village called Edo during the 15th century to its metamorphosis into today’s sprawling and vibrant metropolis.
The building structure of Edo-Tokyo Museum was patterned on an elevator-type warehouse, giving it a top-heavy and futuristic appearance. Interesting tidbit: it is about the same height as the Edo Castle Tower.
Edo-Tokyo Museum. | Wiiii
The Permanent Exhibition Area
The exhibition area is divided into three zones:
Edo Zone holds displays that depict Edo lifestyle, from culture to politics, and artifacts from the Edo Era. This zone contains a splendid life-sized replica of a Kabuki theatre.
Tokyo Zone touches on the era of change from Edo to Tokyo, Western influences that began to seep into Tokyo’s culture, the Great Kanto Earthquake, the World Wars, and other historical events. Other exhibits and video displays present Tokyo in modern times.
Second Special Exhibits Gallery contains special exhibits several times a year.
Some of our KCP students had the opportunity to visit the Edo-Tokyo Museum this February 4. The trip is one of the many excursions that students enjoy in the Culture and Civilization Class.
Admiring the exhibits at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. | KCP Flickr
Could you carry this water? | KCP Flickr