Oshiage Station is a station in the eastern Ward of Sumida. It serves the Toei Asakusa and Tokyo Metro Hanzomon Subway Lines, and the Keisei Oshiage and Tobu Isesaki Train Lines. Oshiage Station is also the eastern terminus of the Toei Asakusa Subway Line.


The area around Oshiage Station is being developed into a massive commercial district. The highlight of this district is going to be the Tokyo Sky Tree , previously known as New Tokyo Tower . Due to be completed in 2011, Tokyo Sky Tree will be a broadcasting tower for six terrestrial broadcasters, led by NHK, the main public broadcaster. The completed Tower will be 610.58 m tall and is going to be the tallest artificial structure in Japan.


Noh Mask Museum


Located 5 minutes from Oshiage Station, is the Noh Mask Museum. Noh masks are an integral part of traditional Japanese theater, especially Noh theater. Only the main characters of the play wear these masks and are meant to highlight traits of the character that cannot be depicted otherwise. Noh masks are intricately carved by skilled craftsmen as they have to bring out special characteristics of the players. This carving of the mask is considered a special craft in Japan that dates back to the 13 th century, and this is what Noh Mask Museum is depicting.


The museum has a collection of over 50 Noh masks that date as far back as the 14 th century. Each displayed mask has a description of when and how it was made. The information is given in both Japanese and English. Noh souvenirs are sold here.


The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and every fourth Sunday of each month.


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