Tokyo National Museum

The Tokyo National Museum houses a wonderful collection of historic artifacts and cultural treasures, including pieces from as far back as the Jomon period.

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The museum seen from Ueno Park

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Inside was a really neat tactile map of the museum for the visually impaired.

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I love the streetscape in this woodblock print

There is also a lovely contemporary building here, the Gallery of Horyuji Treasures by Yoshio Taniguchi and Associates.

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The building seen across the pond is the Kuromon, or “Black Gate,” which was built in the Edo era.

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Inside, this dimly lit gallery displays small statues of Kannon. Each has its own individual display case and highlighted by a spotlight.

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An especially stunning seated Buddha

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Throughout this part of the museum, the primary source of light came primarily from the displays.

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