Kurashiki Piggy Bank Museum

Kurashiki Piggy Bank Museum

Kurashiki Piggy Bank Museum
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StrangeTrout
Exeter, UK41 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
I don't know how we got wind of this museum but it's a gem and a steal at 300yen admission. The museum itself is only three rooms over an antiques shop (have a browse it may surprise you) but it is obviously the owner's life's passion and is full of beauty and fun and will make you smile for the rest of the day. The give-away for the entrance to this place is the 50 odd Nippers on the roof - he of His Master's Voice fame - which had us smiling then. If you have vertigo or infirmities I would avoid this museum, however, as the stairs are brutally steep and the quarters cramped once you reach the top. Well worth the short walk to get there and one of the "sheer joy" highlights of my trip to this amazing country.
Written October 8, 2019
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Valerie C
Chicago, IL276 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
We loved this place. My husband wanted a vintage tanuki so we stopped by to see what they had. So glad we stopped. My husband found a great vintage tanuki for a good price and we met the owner of the shop who was great to talk with. He travels to our area in the US every year for a big toy show so we chatted about Chicago and our trip. Such a lovely man! He invited us to view the bank museum and the toy museum which were both really cool. We used to collect old toys so this was right up our alley. There were lots of interesting items for sale in the antique store. It seems like it operates like an antique mall with different people selling things there. One of the dealers was restocking while we were there and she was also really friendly. A must stop if you like antiques or old toys.
Written November 7, 2017
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Moe B
Vancouver, Canada85 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
The Kurashiki Piggy Bank Museum is exactly what it sounds like: an array of piggy banks on display in a series of glass cabinets. If you like kitsch mixed in with pop culture and a little history, you'll enjoy seeing this huge collection of piggy banks. That's what we expected to see and that's what we got--on one end of the building. But as we approached the "museum," we realized we were in for more. On the building's roof were rows of dogs; no, actually it was rows of dog: Nipper, the dog that appeared in RCA Victrola ads, the dog that attentively listened to "his master's voice." After we examined the piggy banks, we went to the other end of the building to see the dog museum and found all kinds of RCA and Nipper memorabilia. But wait, there's more! Because between the banks and the dogs is an antique shop that should hold your attention for quite a while: it is filled. All three enterprises are owned by one man who is not on the premises very often. The place is run by a very attentive and kind saleswoman who can't do enough for you. Once you've gone through Kurashiki's historic Bizen Quarter, you may want to take a stroll to this unusual "museum." One caution: stairways are narrow and steep, aisles are narrow too. Be careful climbing and make sure your backpack isn't swinging around or you may wind up owning more broken antiques than you bargained for.
Written November 2, 2016
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grant T
Auckland Central, New Zealand63 contributions
Mar 2018 • Solo
I collect things so I had to go here and I am glad I did. Lots to see but walk slowly and carefully and best not to have a floppy camera bag or backpack otherwise you will be the bull in a china shop. Where did he get all those dogs from? And piggies! The staff are very friendly I was talking with the collector of glass who explained about his items in the glass cases. Don’t be in a hurry as you may miss some interesting items and stories. Staff are well educated and seem to have travelled quite a bit so there are stories to be heard.
Written March 28, 2018
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waffler_au
Melbourne, Australia135 contributions
Mar 2017 • Friends
Basically a toy lover's collection on show. One of my favourite things about Kurashiki is all the interesting museums you can visit and this is definitely one of them. There's a piggybank collection of Japanese and foreign piggybanks, a collection of record label dogs and Japanese toys from different eras (not as comprehensive as the actual toy museum, but still cool, there's different stuff) The owner's wife served us coffee and chocolate and demo-ed a few of the electronic toys from the 50s too. Had a good time here.
Written April 14, 2017
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Michael B
Guatemala City, Guatemala242 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
A private collection of piggy banks upstairs. Downstairs an antique shop stuffed to the gills, so be careful with your steps and movements. If you search for antiques in Japan, this might be the place to find them.
Written July 21, 2016
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