The One about the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum at Ueno Park

In 1926, the first public music in Japan opened.  Known as the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum and it is the go to museum for masterpieces from abroad and contemporary art are introduced. It’s current location is not the original museum, as the Tokyo Prefectural Museum at Ueno Park was too cramped.  So, an architect named Kunio Maekawa designed a new museum in Ueno Park.  And restoration to the building began […]

The One about the Saigo Takamori and his dog bronze statue in Ueno Park

If one went to Ueno Station, one statue that you will find is of Saigo Takamori (Takanaga) and his dog. Born as Saigo Kokichi (January 23, 1828-September 24, 1877), not only is Takamori one of the most influential samurai in Japanese history but he is also known as “The Last True Samurai”. During the Meiji Restoration, when Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu resigned and returned power to the Emperor, Saigo was very […]

The One about Tosho-gu Shrine at Ueno Park

Located at Ueno Park is the shinto shrine, Tosho-gu. The shrine is where Tokugawa Ieyasu, the founder of the Tokugawa shogunate, the third and last of the shogunai governments in Japanese history, is enshrined. It’s important to note that there is not one but around 130 Tosho-gu shrines in Japan, the most well-known version located in Nikko in Tochigi Prefecture. The shrine underwent major renovation in 1651 by order of […]

The One about the Ueno Zoo

Located in one of Tokyo’s largest park areas is Ueno Zoo, one of Japan’s oldest zoos which was opened back in 1882. Only a five-minute walk from Ueno Station and one that can be reached via train or the Ueno zoo Monorail, the Ueno Zoo is opened every day except on Mondays (unless Monday is a holiday, then Tuesday is closed). Back in 1881, the zoo started as a menagerie […]