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The Tale of Genji Museum, Uji

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The Tale of Genji Museum is in Uji, Kyoto, Japan. It displays the world of the early 11th century Japanese classic novel The Tale of Genji with projected images, models, and exhibitions. The culture of the Imperial Court of the Heian period, the aristocrats' costumes, and the furnishings of their residences are shown.

The last ten chapters of The Tale of Genji are set in Uji; the hero is Kaoru Genji (a son of Hikaru Genji). The story of these chapters is reproduced with great realism using a scrim and life-size set. Visitors are introduced to the story line and main characters. A short film based on the "Uji chapters" and created solely for the museum is presented in the movie room.

There is a library with a collection of books about The Tale of Genji.

The museum opened in 1998.

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  • This attractive modern museum reveals the ancient and elegant world of the Heian period of Japan through interactive displays, full screen sets and models. The focus? Just one: "The Tale of Genji...  more »
  • Having never read Tale of Genji (it was given to me as a gift years ago and has been sitting on my bookshelf ever since...) I wasn't a die-hard fan of the novel. However, the museum provided a lot of....  more »
  • Sharing some chapters about Tale of Genji in Uji. Such a tragic love stories. Anyway, the tourists can get an automatic tab with headphones for free (dont forget to give it back to the front office) as their guide. They also have a mini movie about the stories of Genji with Uji background.
  • Nice place to see the leaves in general - not crowded compared with most of Kyoto. The museum itself is quite interesting if you are in to that kind of thing.

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