An exhibition of folklore culture will be held under the theme of "Folk Cultures of the Japanese Archipelago". Folklore culture was born from people's life on the archipelago, which lies close to the Eurasian continent, and has undergone several changes while being handed down throughout the centuries. In this exhibition, visitors can learn about folklore culture through materials, photos and videos from various locations in Japan. In the sub-room, the latest research trends and the materials owned by our Museum will be exhibited and the forefront of folklore research will be introduced.

A Focus on "Folklore"Anxiety and PrayerLife and Waza, Skills Informed by Accumulated Knowledge

A Focus on "Folklore"

In order to study folklore in modern society, folklore that has undergone changes through the influence of industrial development and consumption culture will be introduced.

Osechi-ryōri (traditional Japanese New Year foods)
This is a replica of Osechi-ryori sold in a department store at the end of 2009. In recent times, the department stores have been developing products related to seasons and life events. The folklore of eating special foods at an event has been handed down through products consumed.
Modern hunters

In the Shirakami-Sanchi forest straddles both Aomori and Akita, hunting was a traditional activity of the Matagi culture. Since the registration of the forest as a World Heritage site, however, limitations have been imposed on hunting. Through the observation of the effects of the system for protecting nature, the relationship between people and nature will be reviewed.

Anxiety and Prayer

In order to study people’s fears and superstitions as well as the spiritual activities they performed to achieve a peaceful and happy life, festivals, specters, incantations, ceremonies in life, and how to face death will be examined to introduce how people acted to the supernatural and intangible that go beyond human knowledge.

Ushitsu Abare Matsuri
The Abare Matsuri (Festival) held in Ushitsu, Noto Town, Ishikawa Prefecture is a festival in which people perform robust acts for the festival god, hauling around several Kiriko lantern floats and throwing Mikoshi portable shrines into the sea, rivers or fire. The actual Mikoshi used in the festival will be exhibited.
This is a traditional kite made in Hirado city, Nagasaki Prefecture. The motif of the painting is the Oni-taiji (defeating of the ogre) by Watanabe-no-tsuna. The kite is presented to a boy with wishes for his healthy growth on the first boy's annual festival.
This is the painting for the repose of the souls of those who died young, which was offered to Chosen-ji Temple, in Tono city, Iwate Prefecture.

Life and Waza, Skills Informed by Accumulated Knowledge

In order to view houses where people lived and tools and skills used for living, houses as places for living and events, activities of merchants and craftsmen, farming and fishing will be exhibited to introduce how people lived in the harsh but rich natural surroundings and a changing society.

Ogata's House
A part of the old private house existing in Kesennuma city, Miyagi Prefecture, which was built more than 200 years ago, has been reconstructed.
This is a ceramic piece of Tsuboya ware from Okinawa Prefecture. It is used as an Awamori (sake) pitcher.
Miniature of Nishimonobe village in Omi
This is a replication miniature of the village in Nishimonobe, Takatsuki-cho, Nagahama city, Shiga Prefecture. It represents one day in early summer in the latter half of the 50's of the Showa Era.