The National Museum of Ethnology – Osaka

I have been to many museums this year. Too many to count. I could even maybe qualify this as having a secondary museum studies project going looking at how different institutions function for visitors (aka me) and this museum, the National Museum of Ethnology in Osaka, is possibly one the best. This museum is meant to celebrate, share, and educate visitors about the cultural traditions of all regions of the world. Each exhibition included textiles, videos of various traditions, ritual artifacts, examples of musical instruments, and almost every material cultural good you can think of. I was able to watch a video of a funeral in Bali and see an example of one of the painted wooden grave markers found at the Merry Cemetery in Romania. These are both things I have researched in the past, but seeing these cultural artifacts in person gave my understanding a whole new dimension.

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