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Amuse Museum

Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 2-34-3, Asakusa, Taito 111-0032, Tokyo Prefecture
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The borro (field clothes) section was excellent, I loved that you could touch and hold these ancient garments. The Kurasowa section was very small. If you go, don't miss the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 October 2016
Sydney, Australia
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Beaverton, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

I am a lover of Japanese folk arts, and this museum was my favorite of all the ones I visited in Japan. It was far, far better than the very disappointing Japan Folk Arts Museum (Mingelkan) in Tokyo which I also visited. Amuse Museum has a fabulous display of boro --, mended, stitched together and patched clothing and other household... More 

2 Thank MadrugadaMistral
Chevy Chase, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

The boro exhibit is fantastic, and the objects are beautifully displayed. Don't miss the gift shop, where they sell fabric, tenugui, t-shirts, and other cool stuff. I bought a boro book for 1/3 the price advertised on Amazon.

2 Thank Helen B
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

The borro (field clothes) section was excellent, I loved that you could touch and hold these ancient garments. The Kurasowa section was very small. If you go, don't miss the rooftop - we found a rooftop to ourselves in Tokyo, with good views around.

2 Thank TeamBulmer
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

One of a kind with fantastic Boro textiles. Great temporary exhibitions and fantastic shop with best souvenirs in Tokyo. Friendly staff and just right next to asakhusa temple .

2 Thank Elisa P
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Behind of Asakusa Sosenji temple, we found this museum. It seemed newly opened. It is another aspect of Japanese subculture followed by manga. When we visited, the exhibition was focused on YOKAI, Japanese classic horror characters, and BORO, the clothe that mostly taken by farmers in country side up to early 20th century. Boro is recently caught full attention as... More 

2 Thank Beaucaillou
Sumida, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2016

This is an interesting museum in Asakusa right next to one of the gates to Senso-ji Temple. The museum's focus is on a collection of Boro clothing which is basically clothing that is reused over many generations with pieces made from many different scraps of clothing as fabric was so precious. In parts of the museum you can even touch... More 

3 Thank keppers87
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

I absolutely loved this museum and spent ages in there! The exhibits are beautifully presented; you can touch most of them and even try on some of them. The museum provides a fascinating insight into how people used to live in Japan. I found this museum even more interesting than the Tokyo National Museum which I'd visited the day before.... More 

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Belgrade, Serbia
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

There is literally nothing to see inside! And with the price of 1080 yen, it is the most expensive one in Tokyo, so it must be a tourist trap. And we were the only two people in the museum at the time. Boring experience! Stay away!

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Portland, Maine
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2016

This is a rather small museum but worth a stop. The current Boro or "shabby" collection is an interesting look into the past when even small scraps of fabric were saved and reused. The resulting clothing and household items are beautiful. The collection also includes some additional items like traditional looms and tea kettles.

2 Thank Richard A
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

This museum is wonderful. We spent almost 6 hours there and really enjoyed the contents. Recommended by an Australian friend we had a little trouble finding it but were rewarded by the effort. Although expensive to enter it is one of the best museums in our opinion. Google the museum to see more. The content on Akira Kurusawa is excellent.

2 Thank John H

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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