FUNKY STAYING "The Daimyo Clock Museum in Yanaka"

The Daimyo clocks were used during the Edo period. These are not 24 hours time system! The Daimyo clocks make us consider that it was closer to nature.

Daimyo Clock Museum
The Daimyo clocks
The Daimyo clocks

In the Ed period in Japan, “non-standard time system” was used. It is that daytime and nighttime were each divided into 6 equal “hours”. Because the time of dawn and dusk vary with the seasons, also depend on geographical location. Daytime and nighttime length are equal only during the equinoxes.
Daimyo clocks were originally made for the solo use of Daimyo Lords. The clock engineers belonged exclusively to each Daimyo. As you know Daimyo are the highest rank people on its society. Then it seems Daimyo clocks expression of the feudal lord’s power and the elegant tastes.
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My first visiting here on a very hot day. I missed my turn because of the small signboard. I found it near Miura Zaka St. at last, and turned into a narrow street. The museum gates were nearby, and a wonderful atmosphere with many woods waited me! While I was walking to the museum building, I was very happy to feel like the time travel to about 100 year ago!
The museum entrance likes a very old elementary school, also inside. The explanation on each Daimyo clock is very interesting. (It seems handwritten!)
The English-language guidebook is on sale at the ticket counter. Must buy it! It is a totally 11 pages, and its price is ¥100, however contents are wide and deep, the essay is with much passion.
The various Daimyo clocks and the old Japanese clocks make me think about “What is the time?” “How is the life with nature more & more?” etc also “The collector Guro Kamiguchi’s passion is great!” Well sofas of inside are very useful, but I need a cup of espresso coffee with a chocolate cake, or a bottle of beer with a side dish, for my more comfortable time!!
Sae Madumarala


INFORMATION

  • Phone:03-3821-6913
  • Location:2-1-27 Yanaka, Taito-ku, Tokyo (10min.walk from Nezu Sta.) >>map
  • Open:10:00-16:00/closed on Mon. ,Jul.1-Sep.30, Dec.25-Jan.14
  • Admission fee: adult¥300

大名時計博物館

 国内唯一の大名時計の博物館で、多彩な趣味人として知られた上口愚朗が生涯を通して収集&研究した200余のコレクションから、毎年数十点を入れ替えて展示している。
 門の前から古い洋館を見ると、まるで大林宣彦の映画『ハウス』の中に迷い込んだような不思議な幸せ感に。この映画を知らなくても、ここに行けばその魅力が分かるはず! 博物館の入口でスリッパに履き替えていよいよワンダーランドな館内へ!
 大名時計は夜明けから日暮れまでを昼、日暮れから夜明けまでを夜としてそれぞれ6等分して「あけむつ」などのように時を表すもの。大名お抱えのエンジニア(御時計師)が腕によりをかけて作った。大名行列用の懐中時計から、かなり大きな置き時計まで、種類もデザインも競うようにいろいろあるようだ。
 展示パネルの説明が実に興味深い内容で、24時間定時システムに慣れてしまった日本人には大名時計が異国の時計のように感じられるかもしれない。なんといっても、季節によるだけでなく、場所によっても変わる時間システムなのだから!
 パネルの手書きらしい不揃いな文字といい、1972年設立当時のまま時間が止まっているかのような館内は、得体の知れない魅力と情熱に満ちている。解説書を読んで、コレクター上口愚朗の猛烈な情熱によるものだと確信した。