Attraction Printing Museum 1 Chome-3-3 Suido Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-8531, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Printing Museum Tokyo is special ?
If you visit Printing museum, Toky, you can know the world of printing.
It's an industrial museum of printing. It consists of Prologue Exhibition Zone and General Exhibition Zone.
It's overwhelming to see the displayed items of historical breakthrough related to printing on the curved wall with about 7-meter high and 40-meter long at Prologue Exhibition Zone at the 1st basement. It's interesting to know the history of printing including the invention of letterpress printing by Gutenberg and the progress of digitalization in the field of printing.
What to explore at Printing Museum Tokyo?
The general exhibition is divided into five major periods in the history of printing, from the birth of the craft to the present day. Visitors will learn how printing, a communication medium, shaped the civilization in which we live.
The museum leads visitors on a voyage of discovery in the world of printing through a process of feeling, understanding, discovering, and creating.
The Museum holds regular tours and also includes exhibits as well as workshops for hands-on practice with letterpress printing.
- Interesting printing technique
- The art of Japanese printing
- History of printing in Japan
- Richly-colored traditional Japanese artwork
- Traditional letterpress printing workshops
Printing Museum 1 Chome-3-3 Suido Bunkyo, Tokyo 112-8531, Japan
Tips for you
The first 3 rooms are difficult to follow as they are all in Japanese (only). The last room has several multilingual video touch screens to describe the objects on display and provides a good history of printing (from Gutenberg/Martin Luther through newspaper printing circa 1950s) and contextualizes the importance of printing in Japan.Equipment
We emailed ahead and asked that an English-speaking staff member be available for the workshop and miracle of miracles -- it worked. She walked us through how to create a letterpress card using a table-top platen press and we got to take 5 cards home with us. So cool. Normally, you can't do the workshop unless you understand Japanese (the front desk has a little sign about the language requirement), but we emailed and it worked. The rest of the museum: The first 3 rooms are difficult to follow as they are all in Japanese (only). The last room has several multilingual video touch screens to describe the objects on display and provides a good history of printing (from Gutenberg/Martin Luther through newspaper printing circa 1950s) and contextualizes the importance of printing in Japan. This was a 1 star museum for a non-Japanese reader until the last room, but the last room was awesome and the workshop was a really great hand on experience.