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Historical Records

"Historical Records"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 15  October 5, 2021 (Tue) - November 28, 2021 (Sun)

Map of Japan (Medium-sized map), Kantō region (detail)
By Inō Tadataka, Edo period, 19th century (Important Cultural Property)

Tokyo National Museum has more than artworks and archeological artifacts. The collection also includes records, which provide valuable insights into history and the cultures of different ethnic groups. This diversity stems from the Museum’s origins as a comprehensive institution in 1872. It was even home to animal, plant, and mineral specimens, although these were moved to the National Museum of Nature and Science in 1925.

The extensive collection of historical records at Tokyo National Museum now includes maps, diagrams, texts, photographs, ink rubbings, and copies of artworks. These items, dating mainly from the 17th to 20th century, shed light on politics, society, culture, transportation, and scenery in Japan. Here we display a selection of these items under different themes throughout the year.

Major Work(s) on Exhibit 2 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Map of Japan (Medium-sized map), Kantō region By Ino Tadataka (1745-1818) Edo period, 19th century P-2906-4
_MD_RECOMMEND Important Cultural Property Map of the Nakasendō Road, Itabashi, Warabi, Urawa, Omiya, Ageo, Okegawa and Konosu Formerly preserved at Asakusa Bunko Library Edo period, 1806 (Bunka 3) P-582-15
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