A recreation of the Kanda Festival in Edo period Japan–or at least I think it’s a recreation…
Look closely at the above, and you will see a crowd of people dressed traditionally for some kind of street festival. Cultural dress can be seen everywhere in today’s globalized world, but those samurai-esque top-knots? I don’t think so! We’ve either travelled back in time to Edo Japan…or this is a very, very good facsimile of it! The Edo-Tokyo Museum is brimming with chances to glimpse Japan’s past–without causing a paradox!
No, this isn’t a miniature–those are real people walking along a life-sized bridge recreated from the Edo period!
If you squint, you can almost see into the past
This display puts long-ago train stations into sharp focus
The illusion is…almost perfect! Just tell the lady with the camera to come back later, please!
Absolutely stunning. ‘Nuff said.
Everything looks great from a distance, but how about up-close? I have examined many of these figures myself during trips to the museum, and the only thing that stopped me from chatting with them is that I would have looked silly doing it! Go on, see for yourself.