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The Bank of Japan has amassed 160,000 pieces to archive Japan's currency history. The careful observer will leave the museum having learned that during the early Meiji Era (1868-1911) more than 240 han (feudal domains) were producing paper money. Pure gold oban and koban, pre-yen sen coins, counting boxes and wartime currencies (such as ceramic coins) are samples of what you will find on display. Examples of paper money and coins from overseas are included in the collection.
A latest addition to Tokyo's art scene, the Gallery b Tokyo is where you can find artistic creations by some of Japan's most talented souls. On display here are landscapes, abstract paintings and other contemporary artwork. A haven for art, this gallery also handles buying and selling of rich artwork. The Gallery b Tokyo also conducts workshops and talk shows on various art and cultural topics. Call ahead for more details or log on to their website.
An art and creative hub, the K's Gallery is where local artist display their works to art enthusiasts from the neighboring Chuo -ku area. The spacious gallery gives professionals an excellent platform to show their works. Visitors can also pick up some of the works on display as show-pieces, gifts and even mementos. Renowned artists whose works have been displayed here include the likes of Osamu Asano, Koichi Terai, Norio Ueno, Masaki Tamura and Akane Kirimura. Call ahead for upcoming exhibitions and other details.
Tokyo International Forum is an excellent venue for music, theater, dance performances, cinema and art exhibitions. It consists of four buildings, each with its own venue hall. Live performances are usually staged in Hall A and Hall B. The facilities are marvelous and include a variety of restaurants that cater to a wide range of culinary tastes. Concerts are also sometimes staged in the afternoon and evening.
Gallery Koyanagi is tucked away at the back of the Koyanagi building, on the eighth floor. Here you will find around thirty artistic spaces, all occupied by well-established artists, both local and foreign (Sophie Calle, Rei Naito, Yoon Hee Chang). It's a space that requires time and quiet (it's one of the largest commercial art spaces in Tokyo) and both shall be richly rewarded.
The Kite Museum is an example of a businessman's hobby which has been rendered available for public perusal. There are works in progress by an on-site kite maker. Amid the miscellaneous Japanese and international kites and kite supplies is an eye-catching model of a Japanese war plane! Step gingerly throughout the museum so that you do not damage any of the fragile works.