Appreciating Nature through Gardening

Edo-Tokyo Museum

Rain blew horizontally in gusts over 65 mph as Typhoon Chaba passed on Oct 30, so I was glad that the Oedo Line stopped near the entrance to this fantastic museum.

Scale model dioramas of traditional city scenes were amazingly detailed.

From roof tiles, thatching, and eave decoration…

to interior timber framing and tiny painted screens…

meticulous courtyard gardens…

complete with koi ponds…

and exquisitely costumed inhabitants, one could spend hours enthralled with these exhibits.

A full scale reconstruction of a woodblock print shop.

A finely crafted wooden boat…

…that would have been part of this scene.

Geisha wigs with hair ornaments.

Shibori kimono with bamboo design.

Thousands of tiny dots created by hand-tied thread resist created the pattern.

Kabuki figure with towering platform shoes.

The roof lines of this model resemble the Frank Lloyd Wright designed tea house at the Palmer House.  It’s striking to see the influence of traditional Japanese architecture on FLW designs; his 1905 tour and subsequent commissions in Japan formed an undercurrent to his distinctive aesthetic.  Wright’s innovative use of concrete in the Imperial Hotel’s foundation kept it standing following the Great Kanto Earthquake on Sept 1, 1923, perhaps contributing to its acceptance as a building material in modern Tokyo.

Another reminder of home is a 1955 Subaru 360, a predecessor of my favorite car.


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