Memories of the City: A Thirty Thousand Year History of Tokyo

Museums Edo-Tokyo Museum , Ryogoku Sunday December 5 2021
Memories of the City
Photo: 東京高輪海岸蒸気車鉄道の図 歌川広重(三代)画 1871年(明治4)Print of the Steam Engine Railway at Takanawa (1871) by Utagawa Hiroshige III; on display until October 24
Memories of the City
Photo: 旧諸侯江戸入行列之図 安達吟光画 1889年(明治22) Print of a procession depicting a former lord entering Edo (1889) by Adachi Ginko; on display from October 26
Memories of the City
Photo: 日本橋(夜明)  川瀬巴水画 1940年(昭和15) 江戸東京博物館 所蔵Print of Nihonbashi at dawn (1940) by Hasui Kawase; on display until October 24
Memories of the City
Photo: 東京オリンピック日本代表選手用公式ブレザー 1964年(昭和39) 江戸東京博物館 所蔵Official athlete uniform of the 1964 Tokyo Summer Olympics

Time Out says

Before the Edo-Tokyo Museum closes temporarily for renovation in April 2022, make sure to drop by this special exhibition focussed on Tokyo’s long history, dating back over 30,000 years.

There are ancient tools on display, all made of stone, wood and soil between the Paleolithic period and the Kofun period (300-538 AD). You’ll learn about the development of Edo (the city now known as Tokyo) and see how it became a modern-day capital. For example, keep an eye out for an old print from 1871 that shows the Steam Engine Railway at Takanawa – the remains of those train tracks were recently rediscovered around the new Takanawa Gateway Station.

There are woodblock prints showing Tokyo’s more modern developments, too, including reconstruction efforts after the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and World War II. Plus photos, banners and uniforms commemorating the city’s incredible transformation ahead of the Olympic Games in 1964.



Venue name: Edo-Tokyo Museum
Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku

Transport: Ryogoku Station (Oedo line), exits A3, A4; (Sobu line), west exit.

Dates And Times

    • Edo-Tokyo Museum ¥600, university students ¥480, junior high and high school students ¥300, free for primary school students and younger children

      9.30am-5.30pm (last entry 5pm)

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