As it is a 3 day weekend in Japan, the wife and I invited a couple of friends and we headed out to Koganei to the Edo Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum. It would be a first for our friends but it would be a second trip for Mikako and I. The first time we went was five years ago. It was a rainy day and there wasn't a very large crowd. I had one other reason for choosing to go again. Studio Ghibli has a 3 dimensional building structure exhibition (unfortunately, pictures were forbidden).
We met our friends at Koganei Station around 11:30am, so when we reached the museum, the first order of business was lunch.
A light snack of yakisoba, chijimi, and tonjiru. With a beer of course.
Enjoying a German white beer.
Police Box at the Mansei Bridge / 万世橋交番
The officers working at the police box must have had a hard life if they only had this much room and had to sleep there as well.
Upper section of Ueno Fire Department Watch Tower.
City Train Model 7500 / 都電７５００系
From the pamphlet: This used to serve the route from Shibuya Station to Shinbashi, Hamacho-nakanohashi, Suda-cho (Kanda) and back again.
The museum is divided into three zones - The East Zone, the Center Zone, and the West Zone. We started with the East Zone (which is modeled after a downtown area in the Showa era).
たてもの園は３箇所に分かれて ー 東ゾーン、センターゾーン、と西ゾーン。私たちは東ゾーンから探索。昭和時代にタイムスリップした感じの出来栄え。
The East Zone / 東ゾーン
"Maruni Shoten" Kitchenware Store / 丸二商店（荒物屋）
From the musuem pamphlet: This is a household goods store built in the early Showa period (1926-1989). It features a front wall covered in small copper plants ingeniously combined. The interior is a reproduction of how the shop was in the 1930s. Tenement houses have been moved to the back of the shop to produce the street atmosphere that exitsted in those days. [3-chome, Kanda-jinbocho, Chiyoda Ward, early Showa period].
Cosmetic Manufacture "Murakami Seikado" / 村上精華堂
Pamphlet: This is a cosmetic shop that used to stand on Shinobazu Street in Ikenohata, Taito Ward. In the early Showa period (1926-1989), it sold cosmetics such as nourishing cream, camellia cosmetic oil and perfume, both wholesale and retail.
"Yamatoya Store" Grocery Store / 大和屋本店（乾物屋）
Pamphlet: This is a wooden, three-story structure built in 1928 in Shirokanedai, Minato Ward. It is a rare, special building featuring the disproportionately tall facade of kanban (signboard) architecture and traditional protruding beams (dashigata-zukuri) on the third floor. Aspects of the pre-war grocery are duplicated inside. [4-chome, Shirokanedai, Minato Ward, 1928]
Katsuobushi / 鰹節
Left: Stationary store "Takei Sanshodo"
Right: "Hanaichi" Flower Shop
Pamphlet: This stationary shop was established in the early Meiji period (1868-1912). It first sold calligraphy goods wholesale, and later started selling retail. The building was built after the earthquake year. It is built in the kanban (signboard) style, featuring a front wall covered with tiles and a characteristic roof. [1-chome, Kanda-sudacho, Chiyoda Ward, 1927]
Pamphlet: The flower shop was built in the kanban (signboard) style, and its front is decorated in a graceful style suitable for a florist. The interior is a reproduction of a flower shop in the 1950s. [1-chome, Kanda-awajicho, Chiyoda Ward, 1927]
Backside of the House of Umemura / 梅村邸の裏
And I haven't even covered a third of the buildings yet.
To be continued...