Special Exhibition

Past Exhibition

RYŪNOSUKE AKUTAGAWA Tokyo, the City where He was Born

September 16, – November12, 2023

Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, one of Japan's greatest writers, was born in Kyobashi Ward, Tokyo in 1892 and spent his youth in downtown Tokyo (Honjo area). In 1916, while he was still a student at the Imperial University of Tokyo, he published The Nose, which was highly praised by Soseki Natsume, and making his debut in the literary world he left behind numerous works until his untimely death in 1927 at the young age of 35.

The period in which Ryūnosuke Akutagawa lived from the Meiji era in 1887 to the early Showa was a time when the scenery of Tokyo along with its culture and customs went through a dramatic transformation.

Together with the life and work of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, the changing scenery of Tokyo that he may have witnessed will also be featured through exhibits of ukiyo-e prints and postcards. In addition to the "Golden Bat", which he loved to smoke, the exhibition will also showcase the tobacco situation at the time which underwent a major transition from hosokizami (finely cut) tobacco for smoking in kiseru Japanese pipes to paper cigarettes.

[General admission fees]

General (Adults and university students)

Children and pupils of primary, juniorhigh, and high schools

Visitors over 65 years old

※Free admission for up to 1 accompanying person with disabilities upon presentation of a disability certificate (Mirairo ID is acceptable).
※Please come with as few people as possible.

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    His work "Tabako to Akuma"

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    Cigarettes "GOLDEN BAT" which his favorite.