Feature Exhibition 5F

Splendors of Great Tokyo: "Modern" Culture that Embellished the City


 Exhibition Outline

In recent years, redevelopment is underway all over Tokyo and the city’s urban landscape continues to undergo major changes, but the city of Tokyo is no stranger to transformation. In the period from the Meiji era to the Taisho era, just as Tokyo’s modern urban landscape was gradually forming, the city sustained massive damage in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. However, the city of Tokyo reborn through large-scale reconstruction efforts came to be called “Great Tokyo.” What kinds of impressions of “Great Tokyo,” specifically, did people have at that time? This exhibition presents how Tokyo, which continues to evolve with the times, appeared in the Museum’s collection of prints, postcards, and photographs from the Meiji, Taisho, and Showa eras.

The waves of this new era brought about huge changes in the attire and lifestyles of the people of Tokyo. Especially in the 1930s, women began to enjoy a more modern urban life, as embodied by the modern girls who dressed in Western clothes and swept through the streets of Ginza. This exhibition will present items that embellished people’s lives, such as the fashions and art deco that were furniture popular at the time.


 Outline of event

Exhibition period: Tuesday, August 25 to Monday, November 23, 2020 (public holiday)

Location: Edo-Tokyo Museum, Permanent Exhibition, 5th Floor Feature Exhibition Room

Phone: 03-3626-9974 (switchboard)


  • 3-minute walk from West Exit of Ryogoku Station, JR Sobu Line

  • 1-minute walk from A3 or A4 Exit of Ryogoku Station (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae), Toei Subway Oedo Line

  • Toei bus: 錦27, 両28, 門33, 墨38 bus routes

     Sumida City circulation bus “Sumida Hyakkei Sumimarukun / Sumirinchan (Southern Route)”

     Get off at “Toei Ryogoku Eki-mae (Edo-Tokyo Hakubutsukan-mae)” and walk 3 minutes.


Opening hours: 9:30 am to 5:30 pm *Admission until 30 minutes before close

Days Closed: Mondays (however, exhibition will be open August 31, September 14, September 21, and November 23)

* Some exhibits may be switched out during the exhibition period.


Admission fee (incl. tax)


600 yen

University & technical school students

480 yen

Junior high school students (from outside Tokyo),
high school students, those aged 65 years and older

300 yen

Elementary & junior high school students (from Tokyo)

Free of charge


*The parentheses ( ) indicate group rates for 20 or more people.

*The permanent exhibition admission fee is free in the following cases. Preschool children. Anyone who has a physical disability certificate, intellectual disability certificate, rehabilitation certificate, mental health and welfare certificate, or an official designation as an atomic bomb survivor, as well as their attending caregivers (up to two people).


*Junior high school, high school, university, and technical school students are required to present a student ID card, and those aged 65 and over are required to present proof of age (health insurance card, driver’s license, etc.).