Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo
It’s the first day of winter break for the Japanese! I am greeted with a beautiful, clear sky a I exit the heavily congested Tokyo Station. Undoubtedly, many people will be heading straight back to their hometowns after work today, which mean any major transport hub – Tokyo, Ueno, Shinagawa, Shinjuku, etc. – will be full of people trying to bid for last-minute bullet train tickets.
The Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum is one of those museums that totally fell off my radar while living in Tokyo. For some reason, it was always overshadowed by some of the more famous museums in Tokyo – Tokyo National Museum, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, etc. – so I never got around to visiting this place.
With 2018 just a few days away, I’ve decided to make it my goal to step out of my routine lifestyle and really enjoy Japan with all its glory. My bucket list of places to go in Japan has any unchecked boxes, and the Ichigokan Museum is one of the first on my list.
More than what’s housed inside a museum, I admire more the architecture and design of it. The Ichigokan Museum is a relatively new museum, having opened in 2010. It’s built using red bricks and cast concrete, reminiscing a bit of old colonial architecture. I could stroll through quiet, serene gardens and admire the many corridors on the museum grounds, or head right next door to see the modern contrast of its neighboring buildings.
I can definitely see many #ootd photos being taken here, as an experienced photographer can take advantage of the depth and lines of the buildings to create captivating photos and portraits.
I brought my tripod just for the night shots and to clear out some of the pedestrians walking through, but if packing a tripod isn't on your agenda for the holidays, you can easily get just as amazing (if not better) photos here without one.
Check out the adventure I had while shooting photos at this lovely location. On YouTube.
This is the gear I brought to take these photos and make the video.
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