We went to the Tokyo National Museum for a field trip. First we took a train to the zoo that was next to the museum. After we finished our lunches at the zoo we walked to the to the Tokyo National Museum. We split into groups and went into the main museum and looked around together. We had to choose three things that were in the museum that we thought was interesting.
One of the things that I researched was a small halloween decoration. It is made out of amber. The little sign there said that it was made by Toun Shishido. It was shaped like a pumpkin and has a face at the front. It was made in 2000 in Japan. I don’t know why or how because it didn’t say the reasons or how they made it. Why I chose this object to study was maybe because I thought it was unique. I thought it was unique because it was just like a jackal lantern but it’s much smaller than that it’s a little decoration. I think this object has some connections to humanities class because we are studying the silk road. It is related to the silk road because amber (which is what the decoration is made of) is from europe but the decoration was made in Japan. So that means that it travelled all the way from Europe to Japan.
The second things I researched about was the Backgammon Board. It is a old game board that they used to play in the past. It was made out of wood. I didn’t find out who made it but I found out that it was made during Azuchi Momoyama period. It was also made in Japan. I think that it was made so that people could play with it when they were bored. I think that it is related to the silk road because some people say that it’s dated back to 5,000 to an ancient civilization Egypt, Mesopotamia. Even though it is very old people still play the game when they have time. I chose this object because I thought it was interesting that even though the game is very old they still play it now.
I think it was a fun field trip