Splendors of Great Tokyo: “Modern” Culture that Embellished the City

Edo-Tokyo Museum

poster for Splendors of Great Tokyo: “Modern” Culture that Embellished the City
[Image: Hiroshige Utagawa the Third (1883)]

Ends in 58 days

In recent years, redevelopment is underway all over Tokyo and the city’s urban landscape continues to undergo major changes, but the city of Tokyo is no stranger to transformation. In the period from the Meiji era to the Taisho era, just as Tokyo’s modern urban landscape was gradually forming, the city sustained massive damage in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. However, the city of Tokyo reborn through large-scale reconstruction efforts came to be called “Great Tokyo.” What kinds of impressions of “Great Tokyo,” specifically, did people have at that time? This exhibition presents how Tokyo, which continues to evolve with the times, appeared in the Museum’s collection of prints, postcards, and photographs from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras.

The waves of this new era brought about huge changes in the attire and lifestyles of the people of Tokyo. Especially in the 1930s, women began to enjoy a more modern urban life, as embodied by the modern girls who dressed in Western clothes and swept through the streets of Ginza. This exhibition will present items that embellished people’s lives, such as the fashions and art deco that were furniture popular at the time.



from August 25, 2020 to November 23, 2020


http://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/ (venue's website)


Adults ¥600, University Students ¥480, High School and Junior High School Students ¥300, Seniors over 65 ¥300, Elementary School Students and under,Persons with Disability Certificates + 2 Companions free.

Venue Hours

From 9:30 To 17:30
saturdays closing at 19:30
Closed on Mondays
Note:Open on public holiday Monday but closed on the following day. Opens during the Sumo matches in Ryogoku. Closed during the New Year holidays.


Address: 1-4-1 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015
Phone: 03-3626-9974 Fax: 03-3626-9950

3 minute walk from the West exit of Ryogoku Station on the JR Sobu line, 1 minute walk from exit A3 or A4 at Ryogoku Station on the Toei Oedo line.

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