The Museum is easily accessible via the Ueno Subway Sta (JR Line) or the Keisei Sta.
This nostalgic museum is not big but it sure packs a punch! Within the 2-storey building it houses exhibits and reconstructions that allows one to experience what life was like in Tokyo from the late Meiji right up to before WWII; the house lodging, food preparations, toys that children play, just everything authentic of early Tokyo. It is indeed great to know that the Museum is able to capture the Shitamchi heritage before it is being lost to modernization.
Shitamachi generally refers to the artisan and merchant part of old Tokyo. On the first floor is a mockup of a merchant house complete with all their furnishings. Visitors are allowed to enter and feel room’s accessories, offering good shutterbugs photographing opportunities too!. On the second floor are displays of toys, crafts and utensils allowing visitors to better appreciate the customs and life of Tokyolites then. There is also video documentaries of craftspeople at work.
There is a segment with records, photographs whereby visitors can see some photos and record of the great 1923 Kanto earthquake. It is really touching to ‘witness’ history in this manner..
It was indeed a very meaningful 1-hour tour and a great place for one to spend some time with. Also definitely one of the smallest museums yet more interesting one I have visited so-far.
And the best part is that the large/wonderful Shinobazu Ueno lakeside is just outside which makes a visit here easily fitted into your itinerary planning.
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