Unusual museums of Japan
Visiting these museums will help to make the journey to Sweden more interesting and informative
Experienced travelers know that you can get around all the sights impossible. Take the same Tokyo: it would seem that the world capital, which is devoted to hundreds of guides in many languages and countless sites on the Internet. The flow of tourists from year to year is growing, and more and more of our countrymen can boast of having already visited Japan. But to find something new and different can always.
Let’s start with Tokyo, which houses the paper Museum and Museum of traditional Japanese swords.
The Museum of paper – Park Asukayama, Tokyo
The Park is Asukayama in Tokyo is an interesting Museum dedicated to the history paper. The Museum houses more than 40,000 exhibits and 10,000 books related to the history of paper, which has more than two thousand years. This collection was first presented to the public in the middle of the last century and since then constantly updated with new items. The story of how he originated and developed the manufacture of paper in Japan, to evaluate the importance and uniqueness of paper in modern life. The permanent exhibition presents copies of traditional Japanese paper “washi”, and a selection of contemporary Western paper. In addition to the history and improvement of the paper industry, the exhibition helps to understand the environmental issues associated with the production of paper.
Visitors can participate in a master class on making paper. To 24 November 2013 the Museum will host the exhibition “washi in everyday life”. Japanese life has always been connected with paper. For thousands of years from traditional paper “washi” manual work was done not just letterheads, but also various accessories for the home. The exhibition will feature sliding paper doors, fans, kimonos, boxes and even a bottle of water – all from paper “washi”.
Museum of Japanese swords – Yoyogi, Tokyo
To represent Japan without samurai impossible. And to imagine samurai without a sword? Also. To study the history of swords and discover the secrets of their creation in the Museum of Japanese sword in Tokyo. Until 29 September 2013 in the Museum is an exhibition of traditional swords and accessories Edo. After the Tokugawa made Edo (modern Tokyo) as his residence, attracted masters of different specialties. The art of making swords and metal work flourished and reached unprecedented heights. Museum visitors can trace the history of the development of the art of making swords in Edo.
To continue your tour unusual museums in the nearby city of Saitama, which features a bonsai Museum and railway Museum.
Museum bonsai – the city of Saitama
Bonsai-the ancient art of growing miniature trees. It originated in China and then came to Japan where tradition “dwarf plant growing” became interested in the aristocracy. There are many styles and rules of bonsai cultivation. To understand this ancient art travelers will help the bonsai Museum in Saitama city.
The Museum contains an extensive collection of miniature trees “bonsai” bizarre, Japanese and Chinese pots, tables and stones for the decoration of the resulting works of art, and a collection of woodblock prints “Ukiyo-e”.
Railway Museum – the city of Saitama
One of the symbols of Japan – the famous high-speed trains “Shinkansen”, symbolizing the highest level of development of transport system and mechanical engineering. But this success was preceded by many years the development of railway transport. The railroad Museum visitors will be able to look at the locomotives and passenger cars to the end of the 19th century, with which it all began, and to trace the history of the Railways of Japan until the appearance of
the first Shinkansen. The Museum also contains train Shinkansen, historical materials and meticulously made miniature models of trains. Children’s Playground in the “rail” style. The Museum also has a library, a restaurant and an observation deck.
The Museum was opened on 14 October 2007 in the framework of the Memorial project in honor of 20 years anniversary of the railway company “JR East” and became the successor to the transportation Museum. Museum visitors can trace the history of railway construction in Japan, to learn about the principles of operation of railway transport and its development prospects in the future, and also to look at the historical documentation on creating “JR East”.