National Museum of Ethnology, Suita

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The National Museum of Ethnology is one of the major museums in Japan. It is Japan's largest research institute in the academic disciplines of humanities and social sciences, which was established in 1974 and opened to the public in 1977. It is built on the former grounds of Expo '70 in Suita, Osaka. The founding collection is known as the Attic Collection, and is an early 20th-century ethnological collection of mainly Japanese materials, including some early finds of Jōmon archaeological artifacts (in the Morse Collection). Further collections were brought together for the opening in 1977 and collecting activities have continued since.The main focus of collection has been film, still images, sound recordings, and objects representing diverse aspects of everyday life, from farming to food, urban life, folk crafts, and religion. Permanent galleries for all large regions of the world display only part of the full collection.Two special exhibitions of approximately three months duration are presented in Spring and Autumn each year, and there are numerous smaller temporary exhibitions on special themes.The museum has a staff of approximately 70 researchers, and actively supports visits by scholars around Japan and abroad. The museum library is one of the largest academic, multiple-language reference libraries in Japan, with books and journal in Japanese, English, Chinese, Spanish, and other languages. The library is linked to a national network of public university libraries.The Museum offers PhD courses in association with Japan's Inter-University of Advanced Graduate Studies (Sōkendai), an inter-institutional organization that provides administration for students placed in public research institutes and laboratories all over Japan.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Many times I went. So great is the spectacular 10-minute! Adults 500 yen or less in that area doesn't normally. Know what I would take certainly try crying (lol) my friends are all watching hurt first. To come in really clean and good walking shoes we recommend that you want.
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  • August 5, 2017
    I visited a long time. Beginning with the mask of powerful countries in the world, is impressive enough National Museum. Every time children came from my earliest childhood each year or what, but the view has changed and can be enjoyed at any time. Access to care is from JR Ibaraki station East Gate Expo bus or monorail preferred? Center from the distant feel. Recommend midsummer walk no road shadow one, it does not. Parents can be reclined. A bit far for the Expo. Small vehicles, circulate in the Expo are as
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  • May 29, 2017
    Expo Memorial Park in National Museum of Ethnology (minpaku aka) to went. Holiday could soon open I was relatively empty. National historical Folk Museum in Sakura-Shi, Chiba (aka and kihaku) and Osaka are different ethnic groups around the world show in spatial extent, frequently confused, but Chiba Japan history exhibit along the time axis. Exhibits in the world divided into nine regions, such as statues or MOAI statues replication is easily found and. Universal ones common to each culture to go around, looking at the features of each culture and vice versa seems to come the surface. This is exciting.
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  • January 4, 2017
    This is huge! Plan to spend more time than you would expect. Lots of very interesting exhibits and quite a bit of English on the signage
  • November 20, 2016
    It felt slightly random in its choice of displays, but it was organized very well from place to place and I assume information if you can read Japanese. Don't expect much English here.
  • June 27, 2017
    A very pleasant mesuem!
  • December 20, 2015
    Vast collection, especially strong on Japan, Korea, China. Other regions are represented by geography (roughly one zone per continent) as a nice summary of it, short but sufficient. There is also a small section on languages and - surprisingly - one entirely dedicated to music. Portable video guides are very exhaustive: they consist of over 700 videos of 1 to 3 minutes, in Japanese or English. Was not crowded in spite of it being a Sunday, most probably because access is not the easiest. Special heads up to the very specific architecture of the building from the 70's, which whether you like it or not is a must-see. Staff friendly.
  • June 11, 2016
    there would be no helping any soul who is not stimulated by this museum.

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