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Arts & Museums
This gallery's owner, Yoshiji Mikami is extremely uncompromising in what he expects from his artists - and he expects complete and utter sincerity. There is less pressure on his artists to do well commercially although many of them tend to go on to be relatively successful anyway. By promoting and hosting exhibitions from new, local artists as well as international ones, Zenshi is doing its bit to support the next generation of artists.
Kodak Photo Salon is one of the finest photo galleries in the city. The place hosts some amazing photo exhibits by renowned and upcoming photographers. You will get to check out the works done in different latest technologies right from digital to reel developed pictures. If you are fond of photography, Kodak Photo Salon is a definite must or you.
Various travel modes are displayed, including steam locomotives, bicycles, and even a mock-up of a Japan Air Lines passenger cabin. Children will enjoy the experience of being a "conductor" on Japan Railways' Yamanote circle route. Horse-drawn carriages, coal-powered taxis and steel-wheeled cycles are just a few of the treats in store here. Many displays are "hands on" items. On the fourth floor, snacks can be eaten in a train dining-car.
The Mitsui Memorial Museum houses priceless paintings and other works of art that have been wonderfully preserved by the Mitsui family. One can get a deep insight into Japanese culture over the centuries. Check website for details of upcoming events.
The Bank of Japan has amassed 160,000 pieces to archive Japan's currency history. The careful observer will leave the museum having learned that during the early Meiji Era (1868-1911) more than 240 han (feudal domains) were producing paper money. Pure gold oban and koban, pre-yen sen coins, counting boxes and wartime currencies (such as ceramic coins) are samples of what you will find on display. Examples of paper money and coins from overseas are included in the collection.
This is the museum to visit if you are fascinated by communications. Exhibits include a huge number of postage stamps and displays related to telephone, telegraph, and more recent telecommunications technologies. Numerous Japanese companies have contributed to this museum to enable the visitor to learn more about the country's sophisticated technology.
Housed in a room which is tastefully furnished in 18th century European style, is a collection of buttons made of various materials: pearls, ivory, gold and silver. After buttons became prevalent in the 13th Century, wealth and rank could be determined by the material from which one's buttons were crafted. Indeed, by law, commoners were restricted to the use of wooden and bone buttons only. A short informative video is available for viewing at the museum.
The largest room in the museum concentrates on Japanese artifacts. China is also well represented in a separate section where there are statues from the Han and Tang dynasties. Many pieces from the collection are the result of Meiji University's active on-site excavation programs both in Japan and overseas. Admission is free.
After touring the visitors' gallery of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, drop by the small museum. Woodblock prints, stock certificates, graphs, directives (from the Allied Occupation's General Headquarters in 1949) outlining guidelines for trading and various other historical documents are in the collection.
The judicial ties of Meiji University stretch back to 1881. This particular museum was established in 1929 to archive criminology records. There are more than 250,000 items stored here which include magazines, books, and historical records of crimes committed. Punishment of crime is also featured, for example, the imaginative methods of torture over the ages are depicted in wood-block prints. But the heart of the collection lies in chilling replicas of the apparatus used for punishment, a 16th century guillotine, a display of rock torture and the dreaded Iron Maiden.
A new concept of merging art and culture with shopping, the Daimaru chain of stores have a museum in almost all of their stores and the one at Tokyo (at 1-9-1 Marunouchi) is no different. Here arts and creative contemporary works are on display, most of these works are by local established as well as upcoming artists; a great chance to promote their work on a large scale. Past events held here include Paintings of the Four Seasons, Master Printmakers Exhibition, Rune Naito Exhibition and a rare Sword Exhibtion. Call ahead or check website for more details.
Japanese culture is well-known for its off-the-beaten-approach to music, literature and art - two story gallery Parabolica-bis does nothing to challenge this assumption. Rather, it champions the weird and wonderful, with towering installations that cast ominous shadows on the walls; distorted nursery rhyme characters - it's all here and its guaranteed to fascinate. The building is a little hard to find but once you do, it's unmistakable - keep a look out for the specially designed round windows.