Introduction

Welcome to the Edo-Tokyo museum.

I am Seiichi Inoue. This is my private website.
I am a volunteer tour guide of this museum.
I will guide you through this museum.

In this museum, there are lot of exhibits displayed. There are over 2,500 items, therefore it will be hard for me to explain all of them. I'll explain only some of the main ones.
This museum possesses a collection of 400,000 items. Some of the exhibits are changed periodically, so you may not be able to see some of the exhibits I have put on this site.

First of all, I'll give you an introduction on the Edo era.
The Edo era started in 1603 by Ieyasu Tokugawa. That's about 400 years ago.
Before the Edo era, there were a lot of civil wars in Japan. Warriors called "Samurai" fought each other, and the territory was segregated into many divisions. At that time, some of the leaders of the Samurai wanted to unite the different areas of Japan. The first person who unified Japan was Hideyosi Toyotomi in 1590. Ieyasu was a retainer or vassal of Hideyoshi. Hideyoshi gave Ieyasu the Kanto area. Then, Ieyasu decided to make Edo area his base. Edo is the old name for Tokyo.

After the death of Hideyoshi in 1598, there was a large battle at Sekigahara in 1600. Ieyasu's army won the battle. In 1603, Ieyasu became "Shogun" and he started a government called "Bakufu" in Edo. The Shogun is the leader of the Samurai warriors who fought with enemies from the northeast area of Japan. His position was like a General. So, Edo city was created as a military camp. He made Edo the strongest fortress city in Japan. This was the beginning of the Edo era.
Ieyasu ended Toyotomi's government in 1615 and he created his own laws that would enable him to maintain his power. People who did not obey them were either killed or banished ??