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Exhibition period: December 17 (Tue), 2019 – March 15 (Sun), 2020

This year, antique old tools, dating back 150-40 years ago, will be collected and exhibited. The tools are exhibited in 3 categories that are connected to the life of children; “Evolution of tools,” “Town” and “Home.” A scene with old tools being used has been reproduced for display and for use.
This kids-and-family-friendly exhibition provides hands-on experience.

Experience corner menu

  • Try writing letters on “sekiban (slates).”
  • Try wringing clothes in the roller of a washing machine.
  • Try sewing machines with a foot treadle.
  • Try drawing the lottery at “dagashiya,” the traditional candy shop (limited to junior high school students and younger).
  • Try watching a black-and-white TV.
  • Try using a hand pump.
  • Try using washboards.
  • Try grinding beans with a millstone.
  • Try getting into a mosquito net.
  • Try using a low dining table.

Related events

●“Waku-Waku workshop” by museum volunteers

10:00-12:00 & 13:00-15:00 on Saturdays:
December 21, January 4, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 and 29, March 14

▲ Traditional toy-making workshop

-  December 22 (Sun) “Family challenge! Try making a cloth flower pin cushion.”
11:00- & 14:00-  Material fee: 800 yen. Up to 10 participants each time

-  January 5 (Sun) “Hagoita (Battledore) straps”
11:00- & 14:00-  Material fee: 300 yen. Up to 20 participants each time

-  February 2 (Sun) “Make your own ‘kabuto’ helmet with Origami!”
10:30-12:00 & 14:00-15:30 (on demand)  Material fee: 300 yen. Up to 20 participants each time

-  March 1 (Sun), “Nightingale whistle”
10:30-12:00 & 14:00-15:30 (on demand)  Material fee: 200 yen. Up to 20 participants each time

○ Yarn spinning & Cotton ginning experience

13:00-15:00 on Saturdays: February 22 & March 7

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