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Japan Folk Crafts Museum (Mingeikan)

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Address: 4-3-33 Komaba, Meguro 153-0041, Tokyo Prefecture
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Peaceful weekend activity away from the crowds

This is an excellent museum that you can enjoy without the typical crowds, even on weekends. I believe that the director is also the head of the Muji retail brand, so the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 May 2015
Travelogue1964
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Kent, Ohio
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Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great museum in the former house of a collector/designer/publisher specialised in Folk Crafts. Gorgious potteries, kimonos, sashikos and all kind of beautiful "wabi-sabi" products. A bit out of city center (one stop after Shibuya station) but it is really worth the trip, also to visit the neighborood which is very cute and trendy (not far for Shimo-kitazawa).

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Beaverton, Oregon
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I write this as a huge fan of Japanese folk arts and traditional architecture. I was really looking forward to my visit to this museum. Here are my four reasons: First, it was a very small collection with NO English language signage at all -- not even a little bit. There is a 1,600-yen book in the bookstore which explains... More 

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Indooroopilly, Queensland, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Over the last few weeks we have visited many Japanese museums, we were told by a historian relative that it was a must see. It is small and very expensive compared to many others. On a hot day it wasn't air conditioned how this effects the material on display I am not sure. It was a shoes off place with... More 

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Los Altos, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 January 2016

We really wanted to enjoy this museum. The building is interesting, and the exhibits have works you don't see other places. But there was no signage in english, just one paper telling you what was on each floor. No guides, not guide books, nothing. I guess I expected there to be english information since the web site has decent english... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

If you see a show here that interests you, by all means check it out. The place is a nice 2.5-3 hours activity to do just 15 minutes train from Shibuya. And while you are there if the hours coincide check out Koshi Ramen or get lunch in the campus of Tokyo University across the street from the museum.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2015

I visted here in November 2014. The exhibits at the time, in addition to the museum's own collection, were indigo ware and, separately, folk quilts from India. Everything was well-labeled in English. The Indigo exhibit included history and other explanations about the creation and use of the pieces. The India exhibit had some explanation also, though to a large extent... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

I greatly regret that I did not visit this great place until now. I must have visited much earlier. Founder of this museum, Muneyoshi Yanagi discovered beauty in our daily life. All what you see here is wonderful pieces of the daily tools that were used in our life of early 20th century such as porcelain wares, old clothing, painting,... More 

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Kent, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2015

This is an excellent museum that you can enjoy without the typical crowds, even on weekends. I believe that the director is also the head of the Muji retail brand, so the displays not only focus on more high art pieces, but also more utilitarian items like brooms, glass wear, pottery, and sweet molds. The collection not only includes pieces... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2014

The building is a beauty-tranquil-so Japanese. In the changing exhibit space we saw a spectacular Indian quilt show(another reviewer mentioned an excellent Ainu clothing exhibit so this museum must have a track record of quality special shows). The walk from the train station is an opportunity to stroll through a very nice residential area.

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Annapolis, MD
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2014

I like to learn about a country's culture and traditions when I visit. This was a great museum for that. It isn't very big, with only about 10 rooms in the entire building, but the exhibits are profoundly Japanese. It is well worth a few hours of your time and the 10000 Yen fee. This museum focuses on handcrafts, mostly... More 

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