Tuesday, June 05, 2007

A museum where old Tokyo is preserved

The Edo Tokyo Museum features exhibits from old Tokyo, or "Edo," as the city was known in the days of the samurai. There are also exhibits of what life was like in Tokyo in the early 1900s.

Sure, the kids will be bored to tears, so promise to reward their patience with something sugary afterwards, and enjoy taking in the (relatively) humble beginnings of what is now one of the world's largest and most dynamic cities.

A museum like this is also a nice, quiet interlude after all that modern dynamism has drained your batteries.

A scale model of Edo's Ryogoku bridge. The open areas at the ends of the bridge were originally intended as a firebreak but made the bridge "one of the most popular spots in the city, where numerous spectacle houses and street performances could be viewed."

—Mellow Monk

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