Thursday, November 24, 2011

Edo Tokyo Museum

I visited the Edo Tokyo Museum today. Edo was the name of the village that was eventually picked to be the new capital of Japan and renamed to Tokyo.

The museum had many displays on the growth of Edo/Tokyo over time and the many changes that occurred in the early to mid 19th century.

Many of the displays were dioramas depicting every day life in early Edo.

This is a model of Nihonbashi bridge. Nihonbashi is the kilometre 0 marker for roads in Japan though the wooden bridge was eventually replaced with a stone bridge.

A kabuki theatre stage.

They also had displays showing Tokyo changing with the Great Depression, World War II, and the period after the war. There was even the Japanese Instrument of Surrender.

I believe this is the original copy because during the signing the representative for Canada, Colonel Cosgrave, signed on the wrong line forcing everyone after him to sign below the line they were actually supposed to sign on.

But the most interesting part for me was the ukiyoe (wood block prints) that they had on display.

More photos can be found in my Flickr photo album.