Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Sue Hiro - Seaman's Inn at Jirocho's Port Museum

I knew about this free museum in my town, but had never visited it.  I was out for a walk and decided to stop in.  I'm so glad I did!  A woman working there spoke some English and explained some of the exhibits, plus she gave me some information on other nearby places to visit. There was also some signage in English.   


Jirocho Shimizu (1820-1893) was well known  in this area during his lifetime. He is said to have opened Japan's first English school in 1874. This museum is a restored version of the seamen's inn that Jirocho Shimizu opened in 1886.


This is the entrance to the museum. 




Inside were many exhibits, including this ceremonial robe from the Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu.


Some of the materials in this building came from the time of the original building.  





This was the downstairs.  












Upstairs were more exhibits including the English school.  Notice how the students all sit in seiza, while the teacher sits on a box.








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6 comments:

  1. Hi Pamela,wow very interesting,you go to some beautiful places,thankyou for sharing.

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  2. Very interesting, thank you for sharing , how are those figures in blue with the black and white check on them made?

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  3. What charming museum, and for us fans of fabric craft, the hanging Hina dolls are fascinating. What a clever way to make Mt Fuji!

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  4. I see that sewing machine and the colorful Hina dolls, fun.
    Interesting, thanks for sharing.

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  5. That must be a very interesting museum, especially considering that you are also teaching English to Japanese people! And just like the teacher in the display, I guess you'd rather sit on a box than on the floor as well...

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  6. Very very interesting Pamela thanks for sharing your day out it was fun. Glenda

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