Remember that nice old lady who I bumped into at the library, and who took me out for the best cup of coffee ever? Well, amazing person that she is, she came and picked me up in her car and took me to a local art exhibit. It turns out her husband is an avid artist and sculptor so they have a lot of interest in this type of thing. The little figurines were so adorable! Their expressions, their clothes, their body postures…all the little details made them so much fun to look at.
After that, she took me to a folk museum that was displaying all sorts of household goods that were in common use during the early to mid-1900’s. So, this means that she would have been using a lot of these things as a child and young adult. I love this sort of museum because it gives you some insight into what everyday life might have looked like back then. Looking at the treasures and fineries of the aristocracy is of course fascinating, but getting some small glimpse of the life of the average person is somehow so meaningful to me.
A lot of these items look quite different from what was using during the same era in the West. Can you tell what everything is? Some are easier to guess than others!
26 thoughts on “Visiting a Folk Museum in Japan”
Love this post! I watch a lot of anime so it’s nice to see Japanese culture through a different medium.
Definitely! I have visited Japan many times before, but I’d never stayed as long as this. It’s so interesting to see so many different layers of Japanese culture emerge when you actually experience daily life firsthand!
Looks like you made a cool friend 🙂 I’d love to go to these museums one day! Oh and the sculptures look super adorable, such awesome characters! 😀
Thanks! Me too, I’d love to have a set of these little characters. They look like they’re straight out of a film. So cute!
This is a really cool place! Are those resenting pots? I think we had some at our house on Sado.
Ooo what sort of pot is that? I Googled it, but I couldn’t find it. Are you referring to the very last picture? It’s called a kamado, which is an old wood fired cooking stove, and the photo above that is a meal set!
Actually I meant to say fermenting pots like for pickles, miso and such!
Haha oh I see! I know exactly what you’re referring to now. Interestingly, I didn’t see any of those. But, that big dark jug at the very back of the top photo is for rice wine, which is pretty neat hehe.
Oh those look so cute. I want those cat figurines.
Haha I know! There was a whole bunch of the cat ones dressed up in traditional Japanese clothes, too. Very cute hehe
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These sculptures are beautiful. You are very lucky to have such a friendly lady who wants to show you her life and culture 😀
Thank you! I totally agree. I meet so many cute people like this when in Japan haha. I feel like a lot of people in Japan are genuinely eager to show you their own culture, and to learn about your culture. At home in Vancouver we’re so used to everyone coming from somewhere else, so I find that people aren’t as curious or enthusiastic about cultural exchanges. It’s been a neat experience in Japan for sure!
That’s a good point. Because we’re from places that are already multicultural, we are somewhat surrounded by small snippets of other cultures whereas in Japan, their culture is relatively unchanged. Plus they are super nice people who not only want to learn but also love to teach people too 😀
Absolutely. That’s one of the things that’s so fascinating for me when in Japan. Coming from a young, mosaic place like Canada, and going to a country with such strong tradition, culture and history…I feel like it adds a real depth to life that I’ve been missing out on!
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That second photo from the guessing list, funny how I think of it as either a concrete mixer or a manual laundry machine. 😀
You got it right!! It’s a little manual washing machine. I don’t think I would’ve been able to figure that one out, seeing it for the first time. I can understand how you would also think concrete mixer haha! XD
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