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Best Literature & Music in Tokyo

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For an aesthetic Japanese experience, visit this museum to admire some lovely examples of calligraphy. A few pieces are shown at a time, as the exhibits are changed seasonally. The main collection consists of more than 3,000 pieces, including works of Hujiwarano-Teika (one of the oldest and most famous poets in Japan). Here you can see not only calligraphy, but also calligraphic poems.

Since this museum was built, it has been promoting the culture in the Setagaya Ward. Many artists and novelists have connections with this place. In the museum, there are over 90,000 works including materials such as letters and manuscripts. Here you can enjoy not only literature, but also movies and music. Besides permanent exhibitions, they also have temporary exhibitions which change regularly.

Located on the campus of Musashino Music Academy, this gem of a museum is ideal for both music enthusiasts and for the tone-deaf, who can appreciate fine craftsmanship! For display purposes, instruments are divided geographically into ten regions. Noteworthy among the collection is a Swiss Alp horn made of crystal, a Russian bassoon (circa 1820), a zarb drum from Iran, a slit drum from Zaire and extensive pieces for an Indonesian gamelan orchestra. There are also tools for making violins and the traditional Japanese stringed instrument, the shamisen.

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