A Fun and Engaging Journey Through the 400 Year History of Edo-Tokyo (Throwback)

It was about time to feed our brains some knowledge about Tokyo's history and culture so we headed to Edo-Tokyo Museum, which is located in Ryogoku close to the Sumo stadium. It is a large museum depicting the history and lifestyle of Tokyo particularly the Edo period.

Kumade bamboo rake of fortune
Kumade - a bamboo rake of fortune

Going in, I caught a glimpse of this colorful and intricate indistinct object positioned near the /entrance/exit of the building. It's known as a Kumade, a bamboo rake of fortune decorated with various auspicious things. It is believed to bring luck to businesses, and are offered to the Shinto altar or displayed at other places in the shops, offices, and homes throughout the year.

The permanent exhibition of Edo-Tokyo museum occupies two floors of the building. It features the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi Bridge leading into the Edo Zone, which includes Edo Castle and the Edo city plan, high-ranking buke residence, and a scale model of townspeople's residential district in the Kan-ei era.

Nihonbashi Bridge
Nihonbashi bridge

Edo Tokyo museum miniature models 

As for the old Daimyo palanquin, visitors can try to sit inside and have your photo taken. The lord of Tsuyama Domain used this particular palanquin or sedan chair for the daimyo processions. It was carried by two people in the front and two in the back. It is made more for practical use compared to the decorative palanquins for the ladies.

daimyo palanquin
daimyo palanquin

decorative palanquin

The main feature in the lower floor section is a full-size Nakamura Kabuki Theater positioned in the capacious main hall. And there's also an imaginary scene from the play representative of Kabuki in the Edo period - the Sukeroku Stage.

Nakamura-za Kabuki Theather
Nakamura-za Kabuki Theater
Sukeroku Stage
Sukeroku Stage

In the Tokyo zone, you can also see some fascinating miniature models, dioramas, various artifacts, and buildings from varied eras. There are also old bicycles, carriages, cars, and a reconstructed balloon bomb developed by the Japanese army, and more.

Tokyo Zone

Edo Tokyo Museum
It was time to relax and enjoy the long ride down of this glass tube red escalator from the 6th floor to the exit.
Long tube red escalator

You can watch it here 👉👉👉 Edo-Tokyo Museum video
The museum was both fun and interesting. Not crowded, and it was easy to get around.  The admission fee for the permanent exhibition is 600 Yen. Each ticket is good for multiple entries on the day of purchase. Tickets are available at 1st and 3rd-floor ticket counters. Permanent exhibits rotated on a bi-monthly basis.

Toodles, until next time,
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