Osaka Museum of Housing and Living: Slip Back in Time and Into a Kimono

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I wrote about the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living from the Japan Times recently. Below is a sample of my column Child’s Play, which I co-write for the Japan Times monthly.

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The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living

One of our family’s favorite ways to learn is through hands-on experiences. Sometimes it’s cooking classes. Other times it may take the form of historical reenactments or clever interactive museum exhibits. Whatever the experience, we enjoy being immersed in it rather than just reading about it.

For a view of what Edo Period Kansai might have looked like, then the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living offers a little of this immersive experience.

For many visitors, this recreation of 1800s Japan seems nothing more than a small and sanitized selfie opportunity, and they’re not wrong. However, it can also be part of a fun, educational and budget-friendly afternoon out.

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Slip Back in Time and Into a Kimono

The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living occupies the top three floors of a 10-story building. The entrance, however, is located conveniently underground, near exit 3 of the Tenjinbashisuji 6-chome Subway Station. Once you’ve purchased your tickets, you’ll head to the elevators to reach the 10th-floor entrance. You may have to wait to enter if the museum is at capacity. Go early to avoid the crowds.

From the 10th-floor observatory, you’ll look down at a simulacrum of an Edo-era village. The scene is similar to the Fukagawa Edo Museum in Tokyo. It’s a bird’s eye view of village life, with traditional tiled roofs against white walls that are lit to give the impression of the sky as it goes from dawn to dusk.

The curved ceiling and skylights of the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living may break the illusion, but it’s still a sight to see. Stick around long enough for the “night” segment, and you’ll see fireworks projected onto the walls…

For more on the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, read the full piece at the Japan Times

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