(Norsk versjon: Reisebrev fra Tokyo, historie og shopping, dag 6 (del 1))
Tokyo National Museum
After a sports-filled day at the Ball Game (Goooo Giants!), it felt right to visit the National Museum. If you are only visiting one museum in Tokyo – then you should make the Tokyo National Museum the one, with its grand permanent exhibition, many temporary exhibitions and the gorgeous garden and park. You can easily spend hours upon hours here – just as we did, and we only saw a small part of the exhibition!
As mentioned, the exhibitions are very large, so there is a lot to see. Our favorite was this sword. It might not look all that impressive in the photo, but it is a priceless national treasure, and one of the five most famous swords. The sword maker, Sanjou Munechika is famous for his craft. Reportedly he lived in Kyoto during the Heian period (794-1185). It is known that the sword was owned by Kôdai-in (1549-1624), the wife of the war lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The second Shogun in the Tokugawa Shogunate inherited it from her and it was then passed on within the Tokugawa-clan.
After all this interesting history and priceless treasures it was time for lunch. In the outskirts of the park surrounding the Museum, there are many restaurants to choose from.
In the district Asakusa you find Senso-ji, a Buddhist temple and Tokyo’s oldest temple. Nakamise-dori is a street that runs up to the temple. Early in the 18th century, the neighbors of the temple were granted permission to set up shops and stands, and a market street was born. The area was devastated by an earthquake in 1923, and again by the WW2 bombings. The street is approximately 250 meters long and is home to 89 shops.
We had finally beaten the jet lag, so we had more to see! Stay tuned for a post about Zojo-ji, the temple we stumbled upon on our first day.