A special exhibition "Great Fake Expo-Cultural History of Forgery and Imitation-" is being held at the National Museum of Japanese History and Folklore. It will be held until May 6, 2015.


At the "Great Fake Expo", about 300 "fake" and "real" items from the Jurassic period to the present day are exhibited. We will introduce what kind of role they have played in the lives of people in each era and region.

At the exposition, he introduced that people in the Jomon period had already used fake goods (substitutes). An imitation bracelet made of clay or stone, which people in the mountains wore instead of the hard-to-find "white bracelet made of shellfish", will be exhibited. By doing this, we learn that people in the Jomon period already had the same feeling as modern people, wearing imitation diamonds instead of expensive diamonds.

"Fake" accessories from the Jomon period "Shell ring type earthenware" imitating the appearance of wearing a large number of shell rings
"Fake" accessories from the Jomon period "Shell ring type earthenware" imitating the appearance of wearing a large number of shell rings

There are many fake things in the world of vessels. At the exhibition, we will introduce the Tenmoku tea bowl "Kenro" and its imitation, Seto ware "Black glaze Tenmoku tea bowl". Introducing that the Tenmoku bowl was the coveted target of the Kamakura samurai. At that time, in Togoku, even tea bowls that could be called "fake tea bowls" that imitated "black glaze Tenmoku tea bowls" appeared.


One of the highlights of the exhibition is the "Mermaid Mummy," which was exported from Japan to Europe and the United States from the Edo period to the Meiji era. Not only will this be reproduced and exhibited using the technology of the time, but the background and mystery of why mummy manufacturing was so popular will be clarified. It also introduces the description of the mermaid in Perry's logbook and how to make the mummy.

Mermaid mummy
Mermaid mummy

While introducing a number of "fake" documents, the "real" document that Nobunaga Oda addressed to Todaiji Temple, which was newly discovered in the process of preparing for a special exhibition that crosses various fields, will also be released for the first time.


In the special exhibition, the vocaloid character "Galako", which was created based on the voice of actress and singer Kou Shibasaki, will guide the voice of the highlight corner. To use it, you need a smartphone and earphones.


For details on the opening hours and closed days of the National Museum of Japanese History and Folklore, as well as the period and fees for the "Great Fake Expo," please refer to the National Museum of Japanese History and Folklore website .