Meishi and Paper Products Museum
Sumida-ku: Museum
 
Meishi and Paper Products Museum: Sumida-ku
Sumida-ku / Museum
Open 10am-5pm. Closed weekends.
Free admission
Average visit time: 5-15 minutes

This quirky little mini-museum is devoted to meishi and other paper products, and is run by a long-established meishi-printing company. If the exhibition area is closed (as it usually is), just pop your head into the second-floor office and ask to see the museum. There's a ten-minute presentation (calling it a tour would be a stretch), where a staff member talks about the world of name cards and explains the handful of exhibits, in Japanese only.

Exhibits include many varieties of meishi as well as diverse stationery supplies and other paper products. Among these, the company supplies calling cards to the Imperial Household, and there's a small display case showing off some of these. They also sell stationery made with a material called Banana Paper, which is sustainably produced by local suppliers in Zambia using discarded banana stems.

The museum is part of Sumida-ku's "3M" initiative to promote craftsmen and small manufacturers in the district. It's probably most suited to visitors who have a keen interest in meishi and stationery products.







Sumida-ku, Tatekawa 3-1-7, Sakura Terrace.
6 minutes from Kikukawa Station (Toei Shinjuku line)
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