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Kyu Asakura House, Daikanyama

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The Kyu Asakura House (旧朝倉家住宅, the literal translation is Old Asakura House) is a gem hidden in central Daikanyama, Shibuya-ku. I stumbled upon it the other day on my way from Ebisu to Nakameguro, and some magical force pulled me inside to discover this Important Cultural Property. Kyu Asakura House, …

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Azabu Juban Sculpture Walk, Azabu – Can You Find Them All?

Azabu Juban sculpture

Do you know about the Azabu Juban sculpture walk?  If you have ever walked down the main Azabu Juban shopping street, you probably have seen a few sculptures. However, did you know there are 16 sculptures that have been collected and installed in Azabu Juban since 1968. These sculptures are …

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Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art, Harajuku


The Ukiyo-e Ōta Memorial Museum of Art in Harajuku, Tokyo offers an intimate and easy to understand presentation of  Ukiyo-e prints.  This museum does not have a permanent exhibit on display, but rather rotates exhibits monthly from . This March 2015 exhibit is titled “Kawaii ~Cute Girls in Ukiyo-e” which caught …

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The Shitamachi Museum, Ueno

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The Shitamachi Museum in Ueno was established in 1980 to teach future generations about the culture of the shitamachi. The word shitamachi is composed of the word shita meaning “down” and machi meaning “town”. By touring the Shitamachi Museum, you will gain an understanding of life in the shitamchi pre-WWII. …

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Edo-Tokyo Museum, Ryogoku – One Stop Tokyo History

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The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館 Edo Tōkyō Hakubutsukan) in Ryogoku is one of our family’s top picks when visitors come to town. Opened in 1993 the permanent exhibitions include; the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo, the Nakamuraza theatre, and scale models of towns and …

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