Tuesday, February 6, 2018

National Museum of Japanese History (Part 2) / 国立歴史民俗博物館 (パート2)

Continuing our tour through the National Museum of Japanese History. I said we have reached the Showa era (1926-1989). I lived in Tokyo during the years 1969 through 1973.


That's a pretty big bento box if you ask me.


This looks like a model of an early American colonial home.


This is a Type 38 rifle. It is displayed in such a way that you are encouraged to try lifting it. It weighs 3.9 kilograms (almost 9 lbs).


This is a replica of meals in the barracks. 


Replica of the barracks during the early Showa years.


Hanging scroll depicting life precepts in the final stages of the war (1944).


Gas mask for air defense.


I think these may be scenes of Occupied Japan.


More American goods were coming into the country after Japan lost the war. That Dagwood sandwich looks really good! I could go for one of those. It is from the comic strip [Blondie]. 


The modernization of Japan after the war.


One of Japan's most famous exports that was created during the Showa era. This model was the 1984 model of Godzilla which was based on the original 1954 model. 


Action figures of some of the hero characters I grew up with during my elementary years. From left to right is Tiger Mask, Ultra 7, Ultraman, and Mirror Man. My brother and I used to watch a lot of these shows on tv back then.


More cool stuff. I still have a lot of my pictures of Ultraman and the Masked Rider and other heroes which my brother and I mostly bought from a shop called "Sakura" that was located right outside of the main gate of the military housing annex where we lived.


It was an interesting trip through the history of Japan. Now it is time for lunch. We decided to eat at the restaurant here at the museum before making our way back home. My wife and I would have to make our final check of our apartment and other things before our move away from Tokyo. Still, I had a grand time in Tokyo for the last twenty years. The next twenty up north should be just as interesting.


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