The Tobacco and Salt Museum was opened in 1978 to collect materials and conduct studies about tobacco and salt, and to widely introduce their history and influence on Japanese culture. The permanent exhibition systematically shows the cultural and industrial history of these products and the special exhibition focuses on ukiyo-e woodblock prints and smoking pipes and utensils. The Museum contains approximately 1,500 ukiyo-e prints on tobacco, 400 tobacco boxes and bags, and 700 tobacco trays. These are not only valuable as historical materials for the study of the culture of smoking in Japan, but also precious as art objects.
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