The Choya Newspaper Publishing Co. Life-sized replica. Also, you can see in front, there were some old-timey bicycles that you could get on. A rickshaw and a dharma bicycle (with the big front wheel). I found this photo online of the old Choya Newspaper building.
Miniature model of townspeople’s residential district in the Kan-ei Era.
Replica of a bookstore that was in the woodblock printing area.
While sitting and enjoying Asahi we planned our next moves. There was a place we wanted to go, but it didn’t open until 5 p.m. So, we had some time to kill. We decided to walk over to Ryogoku and go to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. A quick note about Ryogoku – This district is basically known as “Sumo City,” which we didn’t even realize until Chris told us later that night. Dallas grew up watching sumo in Hawaii and really wanted to watch a match, but it wasn’t the right season.
Anyway, Edo-Tokyo Museum. This is a museum of the history of Tokyo during the Edo Period (1603-1868). There were many life-sized replicas of buildings and even the Nihonbashi bridge. Actually, you walk over the bridge and it leads you into Edo, where there are also a bunch of miniature scale models of towns and buildings in from the Edo, Meiji and Showa periods. I think I liked the woodblock printing area the best. It demonstrated how artists had to use different wood blocks to apply color and texture over and over to a finally make a print. It was crazy detailled work. I would have gone mad!
I don’t know if I’d go out of my way for the Edo-Tokyo Museum, but we were in the area and it was a cool way to spend some extra time we had.