Memory Museum

Unveiling a penny farthing bicycle from early Meiji times and the first vending machine carrying an image of the then-popular character Sho-chan!

A collection that speaks to contemporary Japanese from the end of the Edo period to when the atomic bomb hit

Japan started to open up to the world after the arrival of the Perry squadron in 1853. The civilization and enlightenment brought on by the Meiji Restoration led the way for modernization in Japan. And, this museum has a collection that speaks volumes about the great and small influences of that progress on the common people of Japan. In particular, the collection reveals an astonishing participation by women, from those riding bicycles in the Meiji period to those who strode confidently through Ginza in their fashionable western clothes in the Taisho period.
Now, move to 6 August 1945, the first ever nuclear attack takes place, and the major city of Hiroshima is obliterated in an instant. Amidst the rubble, some used their wits to survive by drawing the A-bomb dome on tiles and adding the words “Atom HIROSHIMA” to sell them to American soldiers as souvenirs.
Here, the unique collection of some 3,000 pieces shed light on the lives of contemporary Japanese from the mid-19th century to the mid-20th century.

photoMeiji girl

Meiji girl

photoCommander Perry

Commander Perry

photoA-bomb tile souvenir

A-bomb tile souvenir


What do you call a bicycle with a big front wheel and a small back one?

Address 6-5 Saga Nison-in Monzen Ojoin-cho, Ukyo-ku
TEL 075-862-0124 (Mob)
FAX None
URL http://www.kewpie-jp.com/official/officialshop.html
Hours 11:00~17:00 (entry by 16:30)
Closed Closed other than Fri, Sat, Sun of Nov 2019 (only open once a year), schedule for 2020 onward undecided
Adm Adults ¥400, Elementary to high school students ¥200
Access A 10-min walk from Saga Shakado-mae Stops of City Bus and Kyoto Bus

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Japanese Movie Archive (Hibari Misora Museum)

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photo:Ninna-ji Temple Reiho-kan

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photo:Katsurazaka Wild Bird Refuge

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