Special Exhibition

Past Exhibition

Business and Art - The trajectory of Tobacco & Salt Museum Collection -

March 23, – May 12, 2019

The collection of the resources kept at the Tobacco and Salt Museum started in the early Showa era, when Japanese smoking customs changed significantly from smoking tobacco in kiseru pipes to smoking cigarettes. This era was also a time when numerous works of art flowed out of Japan or were lost due to various factors such as rapid industrial structure changes, earthquake disasters and wars, and waves of good and bad economic conditions. Under these circumstances, this museum began to collect resources and materials in order to be able to convey to future generations the initial culture of smoking. After that, there were crises caused by fires in the Ministry of Finance and war when there was the danger that everything would be destroyed by fire, but as a result of the efforts of many people, everything still remains to this day.
In this exhibition, we will introduce the trajectory of the Tobacco and Salt Museum's collection, with its background in the dynamics of modern Japan, and the history, arts and crafts of tobacco.

[General admission fees]

General(Adults and university students)
Group(20 or more):50yen

Children and pupils of primary, juniorhigh, and high schools
Group(20 or more):20yen

Visitors over 65 years old ※Please show proof of age when entering.
Group(20 or more):20yen

※ With age certificate, visitors over 65 years old are admitted for half price.
※ With disability certificate, free admission for disabled persons and one accompanying attendant.

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    Danjo Yurakuzu Byobu

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    Tobacco tray with flower pattern in maki-e on nashi-ji
    (pear-skin foundation)