In the heart of Tokyo, about 5 minutes from the Yasukuni Shrine, is the contemporary history museum “Showa kan”.
Located in Kudanshita, it is an imposing silver-colored building that invites people to take a tour of the daily life of Japanese in the Showa Era (1926-1989).
The Showa era is one of the longest eras in Japan, as it includes the process from before, during and after the war, until the reconstruction and modernization of the country.
This museum provides the opportunity to observe first hand how the common citizen lived in this era.
The museum has real objects that were used in both the kitchen and the rooms, even the special clothes that people used to flee the fires caused by the bombs dropped by the United States Army.
The museum recounts the progress of the hard life of the Japanese until the end of the war. From then on the first inventions of Japanese technology are kept on display, which with much effort, Japanese companies began to develop. There are many stops in the museum where you can touch, taste, feel the essence of the Showa citizen.
The museum tells us about the importance of peace and not forgetting the sacrifice that the people of the time had to make to rebuild the Japan that today is lived and enjoyed in peace.
The museum also has a private computer section filled with comprehensive information about the Showa era years.
You can find songs, photos, videos, news, documentaries, among others. The art and design used at the time are also reflected in the posters, advertisements and books in the exhibition.
From time to time an additional exhibition is held on a theme that was developed at the time, such as the 1964 Olympics.
Unlike other history museums, the Showa museum specializes in showing how the common citizen lived.
It is a moving visit that allows you to take a look at the past and see the great evolution of Japan in such a short time.
It is suitable for all audiences, since the museum is adapted to be visited by the whole family. In the museum you can try on the original clothes of the time, try to draw water from a well, make calls on old telephones and many more experiences that, despite having a humble origin, can be very entertaining.
It is an important visit that allows you to understand the evolution of Japanese society and its love for peace.
Seeing history from the point of view of an ordinary citizen is an experience offered by this important museum. If you want to know in depth about Japanese life and the importance of its peace, then you must visit the “Showa kan” history museum.