Edo-Tokyo Museum Collection―Life and Transportation in Edo-Tokyo

Edo-Tokyo Museum Collection―Life and Transportation in Edo-Tokyo
■ Exhibition Period:
March 23 (Sat.) to July 7 (Sun.), 2024
■ Venue:
Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum Exhibition Room〈Getting here
■ Museum hours:
9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (Admission until 5:00 PM)
■ Museum Closures:
Every Monday *When Monday is a national holiday, closed on the following day. *The Museum will be open on the following Mondays: March 25, April 1, 2024
■ Organizers:
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum
■ Admission fee:
The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum admission fee applies for this exhibition.〈Admission fee

Edo-Tokyo Museum Collection―Life and Transportation in Edo-Tokyo

There are many different vehicles used in the city. Also, there were types of vehicle unique to the age. Vehicles can be said to express the sense of the age in the city.
And how about the people who rode on them? The further back in history we go, the more they were restricted by status and class. There were even laws to govern it. Also, with the operation of vehicles came the servants who powered them. Of course, there were the craftspeople who made the vehicles, too. By focusing on vehicles, the livelihoods of various people living in the city come into view.
From the vehicle exhibits in the Edo-Tokyo Museum collection, we see a fragment of what life was like in the city. Although we now use trains and buses that extend far into the suburbs, maybe this will make you feel that among the methods of transportation, they too have a history that is worth knowing about.

Exhibition Overview

Prologue Single-person Vehicles of Today
Chapter 1 Edo “Vehicles” - Restricted Use
Chapter 2 From Edo to Meiji - Transformation of the Craftsperson and the Bicycle -
Chapter 3 Meiji Rickshaws - The Akiba Rickshaw Business in Ginza
Epilogue Our Railways

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(1) The Scenery of Nihombashi Bridge, Tokyo (banner display)
(2) Palanquin, Hina Doll Set with Black-lacquered with Botan Karakusa Female
(3) Penny-farthing "Ordinary" Bicycle
(4) Rickshaw
(5) Motorcycle, Indian, Power Plus
(6) Diagram of Norimono Wickerwork Sedan Chair with Doors Used by Sakai, Daimyo of Obama Domain and Governor of Wakasa Province
(7) Ox-drawn Carriage, Hina Doll Set with Peony and Arabesque Lacquerware Design
(8) Palanquin for Commoners
(9) Michaudine Velocipede
(10) Portrait of Akiba Daisuke I
(11) Rickshaw License
(12) Tokyo Municipal Electric Bureau's Latest Bogie Model
(13) Tokyo City Tram Route Map
All from the collection of the Edo-Tokyo Museum