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Historical Records

"Historical Records"

Japanese Gallery (Honkan) Room 15  January 25, 2022 (Tue) - March 21, 2022 (Mon)

  
Map of Japan (Medium-Scale Map): Northern Kyūshū (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 6 results
Designation Name Amount Creation Excavation Period Acquisition Ownership Comment
Highlight Important Cultural Property Map of Japan (Medium-Scale Map): Northern Kyūshū By Inō Tadataka Edo period, 19th century P-2906-7
Volume 1 of "The Museum's Illustrations of Fish" Compiled by the Museum Bureau; illustrated by Kurimoto Tanshū and others Edo period–Meiji era, 19th century QA-863-1
Volume 2 of "The Museum's Illustrations of Fish" Compiled by the Museum Bureau; illustrated by Kurimoto Tanshū and others Edo period–Meiji era, 19th century QA-863-2
Highlight Important Cultural Property Map of the Tōkaidō Road: Hiratsuka, Ōiso, Odawara, Hakone, and Hakone Gongen Compiled by the Office of Transportation, Formerly preserved at Asakusa Bunko Library Edo period, 1806 P-582-2
Highlight Important Cultural Property Main Keep of Nagoya Castle Photographed by Yokoyama Matsusaburō Meiji era, 1872 R-1449 On exhibit through February 20, 2022
Highlight Important Cultural Property Five-Story Pagoda at Tōji Temple Photographed by Yokoyama Matsusaburō Meiji era, 1872 R-1383 On exhibit from February 22, 2022