The Meiji Period ushered in a new era in Japan. Various new government policies were implemented with the aim of modernizing the country along the lines of the West, and among these was one promulgated in 1872 to establish a modern educational system. An environment for education had already been set in place in the Edo Period, and with the introduction of the modern educational system Japan saw the further development of education, which then contributed to the formation of a modern state and led to yet more developments in other fields. It was textbooks, which were the main materials used in schools, that played an integral part in these developments in the field of education. Textbooks were essential teaching materials that provided students with a wide range of knowledge and information. Even in the digital world of today, when educational resources are continually changing, the role that textbooks play remains the same.
Presenting textbooks that supported the development of Japan's educational system in modern times, this exhibition centers on textbooks and educational materials from the Tosho Bunko Collection, which has recently been designated as an Important Cultural Asset. Covering the history of textbooks in Japan up to and including those commissioned by the Ministry of Education after the end of World War II, the exhibition also reveals both the roles that textbooks played in society at large as well as the relationship between textbooks and the art of printing.
||Jul. 18, 2009 (Sat) - Oct. 12, 2009 (Mon-holiday)
*Open, however, on Jul 20 (Mon), Sep 21 (Mon), Oct 12 (Mon) and closed on Jul 21 (Tue), Sep 24 (Thu)
||10:00 - 18:00 (final admission: 17:30)
||Adults: 500 yen
University students: 300 yen
High school and junior high school students: 200 yen
Children up to elementary school age (12 years old): free
*50 yen discount per person in groups of more than 20 people
*Free admittance to senior citizens (65 years and over)
*Free admittance to visitors holding handicapped-persons' cards and their attendant
*Free admittance on Culture Day, Nov 3
Printing Museum, Tokyo, Toppan Printing Co., Ltd.
Tokyo Shoseki Co., Ltd.
Tosho Bunko (Tosho Library)