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Second National Industrial Exhibition

A new museum designed by Josiah Conder was built in Ueno Park on the occasion of the Second National Industrial Exhibition held in 1881. The first floor was used as an art gallery and displayed Japanese paintings in Western style picture frames. The National Industrial Exhibitions were held for the purpose of encouraging and expanding industry, and "old items" were also put on display to help promote ideas for developing new products. Control of the museum changed over the years from the Ministry of Finance to the Ministry of Agriculture, Imperial Household Ministry and finally the Ministry of Education, which saw recognition of "old items" as national historical artifacts, that is, cultural assets that should be protected for the future. This then led to research in the field of the humanities using scientific methods.

The museum designed by Conder was destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Today, the main building of the Tokyo National Museum stands on the former museum site.

Kazuto Sawada
(Research Department, National Museum of Japanese History)


Special Feature

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A photographic introduction to items from the collection
(Atsushi Nito)

Special Feature:Destruction and Non-destruction - Getting to know cultural assets

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Is the collection of materials tantamount to the destruction of materials? (Masaharu Nagashima)


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