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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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  • 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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  • Located in the Expo Memorial Park. Tomes peoples of various regions of the world will be on display is the permanent exhibition of the Museum, and the day the buff without being carried out. Sometimes, exhibition and Museum are fakes last year was interesting.
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  • Museum to exciting times to visit-Museum of all is like this where I want things to learn while enjoying. Must-see exhibition, to be held in the autumn "show Expo" is coming out in your dreams had a tremendous potential such as beads of this exhibition is amazed at the unexpected developments-nuts, shell and metal in the soil dumpling made by connecting to the tusk and tooth and nail until beads of bone blades to scale fun! Better not come yet hurry up (few remaining days). Permanent exhibitions in the main building are present as too rich, it is truly national. It's wonderful! -But here the angularity of the Government-owned Speck, without warm naked and the intellectual will welcome you. Sorry, too. ○ first electronic guide (free) get what I borrowed, but long time ago what would be the bulky heavy operation old plus headphone completely loose it was, was quite comfortable to use. ○ access harsh! Would be better in the neighborhood of the neighboring residents even ride 2 times, without any particular loitering Museum times, when I came home and pedometer is 12000 step!! show. And he seems shuttle served Saturday and Sunday, but nearly go with limited weekday weakens the legs natural and so away. From Banpaku Koen station Museum between-all on over means such as mini buses, tuk-tuk, electric bicycle was also glad to come a better way!
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • A very pleasant mesuem!
  • 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.
  • there would be no helping any soul who is not stimulated by this museum.

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During your stay in Suita, the best lodging options all lie near the Esaka station. This area boasts a high concentration of hotels for the relatively small city, offering visitors largely modern structures and plenty of amenities nearby. If you prefer to visit only one or two sights in Suita, consider accommodations in Osaka instead. This way, you can simply travel by train for a day trip to Suita.
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