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Amuse Museum, Taito

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The Textile Culture and Ukiyo-e Art Museum – Amuse Museum, or simply Amuse Museum, is a private museum specializing in Japanese textile culture and ukiyo-e. It opened on 1 November 2009 in Asakusa, Tokyo, not far from Ueno Park, where multiple other museums are located.The museum houses a collection of everyday clothing and other textiles from the private collection of folklorist Chūzaburō Tanaka. While only about 1500 of the items are on display at any time, the museum rotates through the collection every few months.The talent and entertainment agency Amuse is the owner of the museum.General informationAmuse Museum was established on 1 November 2009 as a private Japanese textile culture and ukiyo-e museum in the Asakusa district of the Taitō special ward of Tokyo, Japan. It is located just east of Sensō-ji. The museum is operated and owned by the talent and entertainment agency Amuse. The concept of the museum curation, Don't be wasteful, is based on the environmental and social activism of Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai.The museum's collections were started with over 30,000 everyday clothing items from the collection of the folklorist Chūzaburō Tanaka. Many of the pieces are in disrepair and appear to be loosely sewn rags. About 1500 of those items are on display at any one time, and the pieces on display are rotated out every few months.
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  • The museum has an extraordinary collection of Bodoko (Boro). At first sight I thought 'What are these tatty rags?' On further exploration I became more and more fascinated by the history they record o...  more »
  • The Boro exhibit was on display when we went to visit. The textiles on display with descriptions, as well as personal stories by the curator make for a very intimate experience. You get a really inter...  more »
  • What a breath of fresh air after the madness of Asakusa! From the gorgeous shop on the ground floor to the viewing platform at the top of the Museum, I was very happy to be there. The shop was full of...  more »