The Tale of Genji Museum

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The Tale of Genji Museum

The Tale of Genji Museum is in Uji, Kyoto, Japan. It displays the world of the 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.


The oxen-drawn carriage
The attire and the furnishings
The movie room

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Coordinates: 34°53′39″N 135°48′37″E / 34.89417°N 135.81028°E / 34.89417; 135.81028