東京 – Mistui Memorial Museum

On March 5th, I fulfilled my dream of seeing hina dolls displays at the Mitsui Memorial Museum. Location: Nihonbashi Entrance fee: 1000円 (£7.5), 100円 coupon available on their website. Why go there?  To admire pieces from the 300-years long collection of one of the most powerful families of merchants and industrialists in Japan. Exhibition I have…

東京 – National Center of Art

On March 1st, after having lunch with a friend, I walked to The National Center of Art and discovered they had an exhibition on Yayoi Kusawa, which was great because I had missed the London one (silly me!). This was my third museum of the week, and what a visit! The museum itself is absolutely…

東京 – Meiji Jingu Shrine

For my first weekend in Tokyo, I decided to explore the area and walked to the Meiji Jingu Shrine twice over the weekend – The first time to see the shrine itself and the second to see a bit of the Hinamatsuri festival, were paper boats representing dolls were put into the water by children. Location:…

東京 – The National Sword Museum

On my second outing to the Meiji Jingu Shrine, I walked in The National Sword Museum, almost scared of being disappointed – it was located in a part of Shibuya I would never have seen if not for my decision to walk as much as I could and Google Maps’ enjoyment at making me go…

東京 – The Ōta Memorial Museum of Art

oMy first week was very indeed very active, apart from Thursday where I just did laundry and relaxed at home with kanji reading and writing, and Terrace House (Japanese reality TV) catching up. Yes, I am addicted. Yes, this is ridiculous. Yes, you can throw rocks at me. Anyway, during my first week in Tokyo…