Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Edo Alien Invasion
If Japan suddenly decided to launch a giant concrete space-faring craft into the deepest reaches of the cosmos—with the sole purpose of conveying a realistic mockup of traditional Edo Period and early 20th–century daily life in Tokyo to a bunch of aliens—it would probably look something like the Edo Tokyo Museum in Ryogoku. An impressive dichotomy of massive modern architecture on the outside and a subdued, scholarly-yet-approachable atmosphere on the inside, this tribute to the history of Tokyo houses a large number of life-sized dioramas and recreations of what life in the city was like until the middle of the last century, including a 1-to-1 scale replica of the wooden incarnation of the iconic Nihonbashi bridge, the real version of which has long since been replaced with a stone one. Guided tours in English are available, as are a number of live performances including kabuki and noh theater.
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