on the Toei Shinjuku Line in Sumida
Ward of Tokyo.
in the eastern part of Tokyo, is
the ward that still holds on to
the Edo character. This Edo charm
is evident from its many temples,
parks, and museums that date back
to those days. Sumida is mainly
known as the center of sumo
(a Japanese style of wrestling)
and for its many museums – both
large and small. The small museums
alone number 23, each specializing
in one particular thing. Three of
these small museums are situated
a short walk from Kikukawa Station.
Tools and Wooden Frame Museum
museum exhibits various documents
and materials relating to construction
tools and wooden frames. Actual
wooden frames of various kinds and
sizes are also on display. The museum
is open every Saturday and fourth
Sunday of the month from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.
Museum exhibits material related
to tabi and its history.
Tabi are traditional Japanese
socks worn by both men and women
– the men wear black tabi and the
women wear white. Tabi worn outside
are crafted of leather, while those
worn inside are made of cotton.
This specialty museum exhibits various
kinds of tabi as well as tools used
to make them. Displays also include
tabi worn by famous sumo wrestlers,
as well as their footprints. The
museum is open every day (except
Sundays) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
specialty museum exhibits various
kinds of glassware, tools and the
procedures used to manufacture glass.
The museum is open every
day (except Sundays) from 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m.