'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

Nov 27, 2014

'Explore! Experience! Edo-Tokyo'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

The Edo-Tokyo Museum is closing its fifth- and sixth-floor exhibition rooms for renewal (to reopen on March 28 next year) but it stresses that this will not have a negative effect on its current exhibition. Instead, it’s bringing most of the permanent exhibits to ...

Edo-Tokyo Museum maps out the history of Japan's capital

Apr 9, 2014

Edo-Tokyo Museum maps out the history of Japan's capital

by Rhiannon Paget

The transformation of Edo from a mosquito-infested fishing village to seat of power and cultural center has endlessly fascinated lovers of history. After the imperial capital Kyoto fell to military rule in 1185, ensuing battles for power saw the capital move to Kamakura, then ...

'Edo and Kyo: The Townscape  in Asia'

Mar 12, 2014

'Edo and Kyo: The Townscape in Asia'

by Sang Woo Kim

Downtown Kyoto was once known as Rakuchu or Rakuyo-jo (Castle of Luoyang), its name derived from a Han Dynasty capital of China. As the name suggests, Kyoto not only has a unique history involving China, but its urban planning was modeled after Chinese capitals: ...

A big day out at the sumo

| Aug 20, 2013

A big day out at the sumo

by Jason Jenkins

They’re sweaty, they’re chubby and they love pushing each other around. But enough about the folks at my family reunion, let’s talk about sumo. This quintessentially Japanese sport is a lot of fun to witness with kids, and the Ryogoku neighborhood surrounding Tokyo’s Kokugikan ...

Art that bloomed with the Feinbergs

Jun 27, 2013

Art that bloomed with the Feinbergs

by C.B. Liddell

As a simple matter of economic convenience, some of the best art collections in the world started out going against established taste. By avoiding what was already highly valued — and therefore expensive — collectors could build up impressive collections that could then help ...