Edo era refers to the period between 1603 and 1867, that lasted from the battle of Sekigahara until the Meiji Restauration. During this time Edo became the capital of Japan. It was only later that this Edo city, became to be known as Tokyo.
leaving Shinagawa in the morning
When you visit the Edo Museum, near the Ryogoku station, you are taken to another time thanks to its main exhibit which intents to illustrate the life of people living in the capital during this time.
Scene from a Kabuki play
Through the exhibit you see amazing wood carving artworks, impeccably put together to reproduce famous temples and buildings and miniscule wood figurines dressed with traditional clothing from that time.
If you are lucky you can even listen to some traditional folk music.
Edo gawa life and fishing reconstruction
Ahead in the exhibition they even reconstructed full small divisions and shops decorated as they would be during that time.
Reconstruction of a more modern Japanese house
Before we left the area we had lunch. As usual, google maps helps me rebuild everything and I was able to find the Tenpura fast-food chain near the museum where we had our lunch. I regret not having pictures but we had a really perfect tempura don.
Tenya fast food chain underneath Ryogoku station
To get to the museum you can take the JR line to Akihabara and then catch the Chuo line to Ryogoku station.
The entrance to the museum starts at 600 yen depending if you decide to see the other temporary exhibits.
NOTE: the museum will be closed for renovations until 31st of March 2018.
This is was the only time we went to the other side of the Sumida gawa. I regret not exploring better the whole area because apparently there is a famous sumo building and museum, right next to the Edo Museum, as well as a Hokusai museum.
Also, up further north, there is the Tokyo memorial hall, remembering the victims of the Tokyo Air Raids of the Second World War in the Yokoamicho Park.
What would I do differently
I definitely wish I had known more about the area, there are many interesting spots around. Specifically, since I absolutely love Yukio-e and Hokusai was a great painter of the old days, had I known about the museum, I would have visited it at that time.
Next week I will make my last post about our Tokyo trip. Before we left on our Willer Express bus back to Sendai we explored a little the Sugamo district.
Happy new year everyone! I send wishes of all the happiness in the world and safe travels.
Until next week, じゃねー