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Tokyo Postal Museum

July 28, 2014
Letters From a Bygone Era
Written correspondence may be widely considered a lost art in the email and Facebook age, but a brand new museum in Tokyo’s sparkling Skytree celebrates the long and illustrious history of letter writing, by honouring the postal industry which – to this day – ensures that precious envelopes make it to our mail boxes. A reincarnation of the former Communications Museum in Otemachi, the museum is divided neatly into seven sections that together outline the formation and development of postal systems not only in Japan, but also around the world, that have kept humankind connected long before the era of the Internet.

Historical though the subject matter may be, the exhibits utilise altogether modern means of communication, like a circular theatre using light projections to showcase the advance of global interconnectivity, and an interactive ‘letter lounge’ with characters dating from the Edo period. Other curiosities include Japan’s first stamp vending machine, C.19th postcards, and an ornate Morse telegraph transmitter. Philatelics will go – ahem – postal for the 330,000 strong collection of international stamps, the largest of its kind in the country. The museum also has a small souvenir shop plus a post office, but of course. In need of a post-post-prandial? Zip up the lift to Sky Restaurant 634 for easy eats with lofty city views.

9/F / Tokyo Skytree Town / 1-1-2 Oshiage / Sumida-ku / 10:00 am - 5:30 pm daily /