printing museum, Tokyo

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The following is a summary of the questions most frequently asked of our museum.

1. How do we get there from the station?
Most visitors come via Iidabashi or Edogawabashi stations. Coming along "Mejiro-dori" from either station is probably easiest. You shouldn't have any problem finding our street as it is a major road with the Shuto Expressway running overhead.
2. Are there any restaurants in the museum? Are they open on weekends?
There is a restaurant and coffee shop on the same floor, but unfortunately, the restaurant and coffee shop is closed on Sundays, If it's sunny weekend, why not enjoy a picnic in a local park!
3. Do you accept groups arriving by chartered bus?
An underground car park is available for small and mid-sized buses, but cannot accommodate large buses. There is small space available for just two large buses in front of the building on the approach. Please call us before you depart to confirm the parking status.
4. Are there any hands-on activities at the Printing Workshop?
Several courses are available depending on each person's level ranging from a 30-minute beginners' course to application level to create original works.
5. Are there any explanations for foreign visitors?
The museum's pamphlets are available in Korean, Chinese (Mandarin) and English, as well as in Japanese. These languages are also supported in the videos throughout the museum.
6. Can we purchase illustrated books from past exhibitions?
Yes, our Museum Shop sells such goods. Some items are already sold out, so please check the availability on our homepage. Products are also available via mail-order.
7. I am interested in block prints. Are there any exhibits related to this area?
There are some block prints made by contemporary artists and videos detailing their skills. Block prints are just one form of print and copy media, but an important theme for the museum.
8. Can we use the Gutenberg Room (Study Room)?
It can be used for groups of between 70 to 80 people, but the room cannot be opened by itself. It is available as an auxiliary facility for visitors to the museum (with exemptions for some lectures). It can only be used by those who have paid for admission to the museum.
9. Are the exhibitions easy to understand for elementary school students?
Some explanations for the exhibits may be a bit difficult for elementary school students to understand, but there are many hands-on attractions. Elementary school students seem to really enjoy visiting our museum.
10. What does the museum's logo stand for? (The "eye" seems like the head of a cat!)
The top part comes from an ancient Chinese character meaning "to look". This character was selected because, as a visual medium, printing is always "looked at". "Printing Museum, Tokyo" at the bottom features a font used by a 20th century artist in Germany. The logo was designed by Kiyoshi Awazu, the former director of the museum.
11. Can we view William Morris' reproduction of "The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer"?
This was presented on our fifth anniversary, but is not currently on display. We have been entrusted with caring for three of the most beautiful manuscripts in the world, including the above, and would like to present them to the public in the near future.
12. Can we get back numbers of Printing Museum News?
Please contact us. We will check our stock. (Free of charge)
13. Can we see electronic paper in the museum?
Sorry, this is not available at the moment. This is quite a common inquiry, as this museum is operated by Toppan Printing Co., Ltd., but there are no plans currently to display this product.
14. Is there a car park?
There is an underground car park. The first thirty minutes are free, after which there is a charge of ¥200 per 30 minutes. Please take your car park ticket with you to be validated at the museum shop.
15. How many curators work for the museum? How many visitors have you had so far?
Currently, we have eight curators, and had welcomed over 400,000 visitors as of March 31, 2014 (thirteen and a half years after opening the museum). This averages at about 100 visitors a day, although it varies considerably depending on the current exhibitions.
16. What provisions have been made for individuals with impairments?
One elevator is specifically designed for visitors in wheelchairs to visit the basement exhibition room. Please contact reception, and our staff will be pleased to assist. We have endeavored to make the museum barrier-free throughout, and the height of exhibits is also considered for people in wheelchairs. Toilets with wheelchair access are also available. A free wheelchair is also available for use within the museum.
Video exhibits are narrated to facilitate understanding by the visually-impaired, as well as being sub-titled for the hard of hearing.
17. Are there lockers or a cloakroom?
Yes, storage lockers and a cloakroom are available on both the first floor and first basement. A single ¥100 coin is needed to use the locker, but this is refunded on return of the key. Large items can also be kept at the reception desk.
18. Can we obtain the videos aired within the museum?
We are sorry, but these presentational documents and videos cannot be removed from the museum, because permission has been granted based solely on their use within the museum. Although we receive numerous inquiries about their use for educational purposes or suchlike, we are obliged to decline such requests for this reason.
19. Do you present your collection centered around the 42-line Bible on the Web?
We plan to show them on the "Collection Tanbo (Viewing Collections)", but are not currently considering showing all pages of these manuscripts, such as the Bible, nor are we considering the sale of CD-ROMs either. Inside the museum, you can view a digital representation of every page of the Vatican's Gutenberg 42-line Bible. If you make a reservation, you can freely view it within the museum after opening hours. Please contact us for further details.

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