What is Washoku?
Ever since washoku (traditional Japanese cuisine) was added to the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2013, global interest in washoku has been growing. This exhibition examines washoku from diverse perspectives as the first major exhibition on the theme to be held at the National Museum of Nature and Science, Tokyo. Washoku has developed with the flexible introduction of foreign influences and its evolution continues today. Considering also other distinctive Japanese culinary styles such as the yoshoku (Western-inspired) cuisine which grew from the Meiji Era, this lucid exhibition features the wide-ranging ingredients derived from the natural wealth of the Japanese archipelago, fermentation and other techniques developed through exercise of the people’s wisdom, and historical transformations of washoku from ancient to modern times through a rich variety of samples, exhibits and interactive images. The exhibition seeks through the medium of washoku to shed new light on Japan’s rich natural environment and the benefits accrued by the people who live there.

Item Content
Title Special Exhibition WASHOKU
Nature and Culture in Japanese Cuisine
Period Saturday, March 14th – Sunday, June 14th, 2020
Venue National Museum of Nature and Science
7-20 Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8718
Access 〇 5 min. walk from JR Ueno Station, Park Exit
〇 10 min. walk from Ueno Station on the Tokyo Metro Ginza Line/Hibiya Line
〇 10 min. walk from Keisei Ueno Station on the Keisei Line
* No parking space is available for either cars or bicycles.
Opening Times 09:00-17:00 (Till 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)
※Also till 20:00 on Sunday 26th April, Wednesday 29th April, and Sunday 3rd –Tuesday 5th May; and till 18:00 on Monday 27th-Tuesday 28th April, Thursday 30th April, and Wednesday 6th May.
※Last entry 30 minutes before closing.
Closing Days Closed most Mondays, Thursday 7th May, and Tuesday 19th May.
※Monday opening on 30th March, 27th April, 4th May, 18th May, and 8th June.
※The dates and times of opening are subject to change.
Organizers National Museum of Nature and Science, The Asahi Shimbun,
NHK, NHK Promotions Inc., Agency for Cultural Affairs,
Japan Arts Council
With the Support of Japan Tourism Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries,
Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Office,
Society of Japanese Food Studies, The Washoku Association of Japan
With the Sponsorship of Kikkoman Corporation, East Japan Railway Company, Daiwa Securities Co. Ltd.,
Toppan Printing CO. LTD., Coca-Cola(Japan)Co. Ltd., MITSUI & CO., LTD.
With the Special Support of JA (Japan Agricultural Cooperatives) Group
With the Production cooperation of IMAGICA GROUP Inc., P.I.C.S. Co., Ltd.
With the Cooperation of Cookpad Inc.
General Inquiries 03-5777-8600(NTT Hello Dial)
Daily from 8:00-22:00 in Japanese, English, Chinese,
Korean, Portuguese and Spanish
Media Inquiries WASHOKU: Nature and Culture in Japanese Cuisine Public Relations Office(MUSE PR Company., Ltd.)
Address: 770 Akasaka Residence, 9-1-7 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo 107-0052
TEL: 03-6804-5045 Weekdays from 10:00~18:00 Fax: 03-5785-2627