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Shinjuku Historical Museum Celebrates Thirtieth Anniversary

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Established in 1989, the Shinjuku Historical Museum collects and preserves materials, survey research and exhibit records to share the memories of Shinjuku City with many people and pass history on to future generations. The museum was able to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary thanks to the support of many people. As part of this thirtieth anniversary celebration, we introduce the history and sights of the Shinjuku Historical Museum.

An external view of the museum

Kids engaged in volunteer activities

Facility Introduction

■ Museum Shop
The museum shop sells various publications detailing Shinjuku City’s history and cultural properties and exhibition catalogues, as well as museum-related goods and Shinjuku Mini Museum-related products.

■ Reading Room
You can browse through about 28,000 books in the reading room, most of which cover Shinjuku City’s history and culture.
Note: Anyone can use the reading room, but the materials there cannot be checked out.

■ Auditorium
Courses and other activities the museum sponsors are held here, and the space is also available for rent.

The Thirty-Year History of the Shinjuku Historical Museum

■ Special Commemorative Exhibition: Three Meiji Period Writers Closely Associated with Shinjuku: Soseki, Yakumo and Shoyo
This 1989 commemorative exhibition featured Natsume Soseki, Koizumi Yakumo and Tsubouchi Shoyo, who were active as English literary scholars and educators during the Meiji Period (1868–1912) and helped to open up the world of modern literature in Japan. This exhibition traced the lives and activities of these three scholars, focusing on their connections with Shinjuku City.

■ Tenth Anniversary Special Exhibition: Naito-Shinjuku: A History and Culture Created by Daily Life
This 1998 exhibition was held as part of a commemorative project focusing on the 300th anniversary of the founding of Naito-Shinjuku, a post station situated on the old Koshu-kaido Avenue. Shinjuku City’s name is originated from this post station. The exhibition spotlighted life in Naito-Shinjuku and the world of literary art that began to blossom from this area, such as comic tanka poems, known as kyoka.

■ Twentieth Anniversary Special Exhibition: Naito Kiyonari and the Takato Naito Family
This 2008 exhibition spotlighted the treasures of the Naito family in Shinshu Takato (now Takato-machi, Ina City, Nagano Prefecture), and on the performances of Kiyonari Naito, the protagonist of Hakuba legends. There was a display of the horse statue of Toonomine Naito-jinja Shrine in Naito-cho, Shinjuku City.

■ Shinjuku City Cultural Property Protection Ordinance Enforcement Thirtieth Anniversary Special Exhibition: Shinjuku Cultural Property
This 2013 exhibition released various designated/registered cultural assets from Shinjuku City, including Taiso-ji Temple’s massive Kanmuryojukyo (Buddhist sutra) mandala and Suga-jinja Shrine’s Sanju-Rokkasen-e.

Note: All exhibition catalogues are now on sale; stock for some catalogues is limited.
We are also selling catalogues related to our permanent exhibition, “Shinjuku Historical Museum Permanent Exhibition Record for Shinjuku City’s History and Culture” (new edition) (2013, A4 size, 136 pages; price: 1,000 yen).

Event Introduction of Thirtieth Anniversary Special Exhibition: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden—Age of the Imperial Garden (2018)

1) Rekihaku (Historical Museum) Café
Why not take a moment to relax, have some coffee and something sweet after enjoying an exhibition?
Date and time: October 27 (Sat.), December 8 (Sat.) and February 3 (Sun.)
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on all days
Location: Shinjuku Historical Museum, B1F Foyer
Application: No application is necessary. Please come to the site directly.
Capacity: One hundred persons on a first-come, first-served basis.
Fee: Free of charge; a ticket/ticket stub for the special exhibition is required for each person.

2) Autumn tea party
This tea party allows you to experience the tea ceremony without worrying about all the formalities.
Date and time: November 25 (Sun.), 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Shinjuku Historical Museum, B1F Foyer
Application: No application is necessary. Please come to the site directly.
Capacity: Fifty persons on a first-come, first-served basis. (Capacity reached when sweets run out)
Fee: 300 yen (includes Japanese confectionery)
Cooperation: Fujinokai (Edosenke tea ceremony school)

3) Reading: The Legends and Traditions of Shinjuku City
This recitation meeting is part of a special exhibition that features old tales of Shinjuku City.
Date and time: November 4 (Sun.) and December 1 (Sat.)
From 2 p.m.; sessions are about thirty minutes long each day
Location: Shinjuku Historical Museum, B1F Foyer
Application: No application is necessary. Please come to the site directly.
Fee: Free
Cooperation: Fumi no Shiori (a volunteer recitation meeting group from the Shinjuku Historical Museum)

4) Related exhibition: The Age of Emperor Meiji
Related to the main exhibition, this exhibition takes a look at Emperor Meiji and the times of his era via various pictures and photographs.
Date and time: November 4 (Sun.) and December 1 (Sat.)
From 2 p.m.; sessions are about thirty minutes long each day
Fee: Fee for the permanent event: 300 yen (general admission), 100 yen (elementary and junior high school students)
Note: You can also view the Shinjuku Gyoen special exhibition with this ticket.
Location: A special corner of the Shinjuku Historical Museum’s permanent exhibition room.

Inquiries Shinjuku Historical Museum, Tel: 03-3359-2131

Note: There is a member program that offers discounts. In addition to the Shinjuku Historical Museum, you can apply for the program at the Hayashi Fumiko Memorial Hall, Saeki Yuzo Atelier Museum, Nakamura Tsune Atelier Museum and Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum. The membership fee is 1,000 yen for city residents and 1,500 yen for people living outside Shinjuku City.

October 15, 2018