Tobacco and Salt Museum

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Tobacco and Salt Museum

Tobacco and Salt Museum

Tobacco and salt may not seem like the perfect match, but both products have been very important in Japanese culture and trade for centuries. This museum seeks to explain that through a wide array of artifacts and dioramas. One floor is devoted to the bitter leaf and its major impact on Japanese lives and culture. On display are all types of pipes, cigarette packets from around the world and a look at tobacco use during the Edo period of Japan (1603 - 1858). The upstairs exhibit pays homage to Japanese modes of salt production and salt harvest technologies around the world. Among the exhibits is a gray crystalline salt cylinder whose circumference could match that of a small whale. English explanations are limited, but the displays are fairly easy to follow. Note: The museum will close from September 2, 2013, until 2015 as it prepares to move to another location in the Sumida-ku section of Tokyo. Check the Web site below for updates.

Where: Tokyo, Japan
On the Web: jti.co.jp/culture/museum_e/index.html

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