Tokyo National Museum

May 21, 2015

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I took a little trip to the Tokyo National Museum. I generally wouldn’t consider posting about a museum, I believe it should be a visceral experience, the wonder of the museum should be standing within an inch of an ancient artefact. However this one was especially good so I’ll give you a little peak and you can go and check it out if you’re ever in Tokyo.

This is the view from the main gate of the museum

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It’s quite an imposing building isn’t it. There’s two equally as impressive buildings flanking it and a couple of other ones tucked away to the left. Inside the main building is the main reason I went to the museum.

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Little obsessed with Samurai. Shiny aren’t they. I thought they’d be more ornate, with a  bigger handle. They are beautifully made and are over 300 years old. I find it interesting that some swords are made from metals from that were found in comets. Alien magic metal. Unfortunately there is only one room with swords in, I was hoping that there’d be an entire massive building with them in however this allowed me to look around some surprising things, which is my favourite pastime in a museum.

One of the first things I came across was this amazing brass work in ‘The Gallery of Horyuji Treasures’ which I looked at just because the name is awesome.

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You can see the really intricate detail, this piece is about the size of an average hand. It all goes together and is hung at a temple.

Pretty impressive and some nice patterns

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These artefacts are mainly from the 7th – 8th century, that puts some things into perspective. I think the UK was a bunch of mud huts at that time.

The next room contained some beautiful figures, also brass.

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Buddhist figures. Some finished with gold.

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This piece is impressive

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Back in the main building, I noticed a cool piece of cloth depicting the ‘Tokyo Peace Exhibition’

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Intriguing item leftover from the time where Japan allied themselves to the British Empire, France, and the Russian Empire during World War I.