Japan’s First-Ever Tarot Museum Opens in Tokyo, Perfect for Art and Occult Lovers

For now, you can observe rare tarot cards on display, but there are plenty of upcoming events!

Whether or not you believe in the powers of divination and self-discovery of tarot cards, you have to admit that they can be beautiful works of art. Tarot cards were made in a wide range of artistic stylesincluding some that even incorporate popular anime like Sailor Moon and traditional art styles like ukiyo-e, so part of the fun is enjoying the artwork.

That’s why occult fans in Japan are probably thrilled to hear about the brand new Tokyo Tarot Museum which has just opened in the Taito district of Tokyo. Executed by Nichiyuthe first Japanese company to sell tarot cards in Japan is the Japan’s first tarot museum.

Nichiyu has been importing tarot cards to Japan since 1974 and has been an important part of the industry ever since. For the past 20 years, they have held regular trade shows and sales called “Trump and Tarot of the World” at bookstores across the country, but in order to give people even more opportunities to appreciate and enjoy tarotthey decide to open a tarot museum.

Tokyo Tarot Museum Focus on Exhibit rare and unusual tarot cards, drawn from Nichiyu’s collection of over 3,000 cards. The museum will also feature a continuous display of 500 hard-to-find sold-out cards that will also be on sale.

In the adjoining libraryvisitors can also browse original catalog records art from the thousands of cards the company has sold over the years, as well as taking their time to browse through a selection of books and sample cards related to tarot. Of course there will also be original merchandise for sale to take home as a souvenir of your visit.

The museum just opened November 16, so event planning for the space is still ongoing. There are plans to hold workshops and lectures featuring professionals from the tarot world, tarot and fortune telling services, tarot card art exhibitions, unveilings of new works by artists, the development of more original products and rental services for event spaces and photo shoots. If you’re a fan of the art of tarot cards or the art of tarot reading itself, then you’ll want to keep an eye out for this museum!

The Tokyo Tarot Museum is located in the Yanagibashi district in Tokyo, known since the middle of the Edo period as a district of fortune tellers, and which was once one of Tokyo’s geisha districts. The museum is a short walk from JR Asakusabashi or Tokyo Metro Asakusabashi stations, so it’s easy to find. It works on a reservation-only system, so before you go, be sure to book a slot on their website in advance. Entrance is only 500 yen (4.38 USD) per person.

Museum Information
Tokyo Tarot Museum / 東京タロット美術館
Tokyo-to Taito-ku yanagibashi 2-4-2 Ubase Asakusabashi 6F
東京都台東区柳橋2-4-2 Ubase浅草橋6階
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (reservations required)
Closed on Sundays, public holidays and New Year’s holidays

Source, images: PR Times
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