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

Edo-Tokyo Museum

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[Image: Hiroshige Utagawa the Third (1883)]

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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.

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from August 25, 2020 to November 23, 2020

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