Visit to Animals, Animals, Animals!Exhibition

May 13, 2024

The other day, I visited an art event called “Animals, Animals, Animals!” being held at Tokyo Station.

As photography is not allowed in the exhibition area, only the exterior will be shown.

These works of art are normally kept at the Edo-Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku, but as they are currently closed, they are being exhibited at Tokyo Station (Tokyo Station Gallery) under the theme of “Animals”.

Upon entering the gallery entrance, purchase a ticket at the automatic ticket vending machine and take the elevator to the exhibition area.

If you want to take your time, it might be a good idea to leave your luggage in the locker next to the entrance.

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【Overview of Tokyo Station Gallery】
1st floor (entrance) → elevator → 3rd floor (exhibition area) → stairs → 2nd floor (exhibition area → shop) → stairs → 1st floor (exit)
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The theme of this exhibition is “animals,” but although the animals are animals, they are not modern animals.

It is an animal from the Edo to Meiji period!

The artwork on display was very interesting, including paintings by Hiroshige, who is famous for Mt. Fuji, as well as animal toys and cages that people used at the time.

What particularly struck me was the concept of “town dogs,” which meant that during the Edo period, it was very common for people to live in towns and there were dogs that were owned by all the townspeople. Just like a modern-day community cat.

In modern times, we no longer see free-ranging dogs or stray dogs in Japan due to rabies prevention, etc.

At that time, everyone’s dog was naturally found in the city.

It’s a strange feeling to be looking at exhibits about animals in the center of Tokyo, where you can no longer see animals at all.

I lost track of time and was so engrossed in it that I almost missed my next appointment.

If you have time, why not take a trip back in time to see how animals and humans coexisted in the Edo period ?

Location: Immediately outside the Marunouchi North Exit of JR Tokyo Station, outside the ticket gate, Tokyo Station Gallery
Dates: First half until May 26th, second half from May 28th to June 23rd
Time: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Mondays
Admission fee: General 1,300 yen

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