The Little World Museum of Man, Inuyama
By Shroff Bharath Bhagavan. Posted on November 30, 2015
I had a dream to roam around the world, seeing different cultures and taste their local cusine. I always felt my dream would never be fullfilled untill I came across this wonderful place in Inuyama. The Little World Museum of Man is an open-air ethnological museum / theme park that opened in 1983, and which is spread along a promenade over 2.5 km in length which has many reconstructed traditional houses from all over the world. Here you can enjoy a round trip of the world without a passport in a single day.
As soon as we entered the main entrance we saw the huge exhibition hall on the left, which has around 6,000 items used by various peoples all over the world. Videos and audio also show the daily lives and ceremonies of people. The exibition hall has been catagorised into several sections: Evolution—Beginning of Mankind, Technology—Means for Living, Language—A World of Communication, Society—Relationships between People, and Values—The World of the Heart.
There is also a bus which goes around the museum grounds. Buses depart from the platform and go along the circular exhibition road every 10 to 15 minutes. You can get on and off at any bus stop with a round-trip ticket. The round trip takes 20 minutes.
First, we visited the Ishigakijima House in Okinawa. The building resembles typical Japanese architecture and is very nicely built. At each country zone, one can also try on that country's traditional costumes. The traditional dress of Okinawa was so colourful, I could not help myself from trying on the costume. The prices are also reasonable, ranging from 300 to 500 yen.
Another attractive feature of the museum is that at each and every check point, you can get a stamp from that particular country in your passport, and on completing the round trip, you get a present worth 300 yen.
Some of the other top zones are Taiwan, Germany, France, Italy, USA, China, Sweden, South Africa, Nepal, India, Turkey and Korea. When we came to the USA zone, we found different types of tents used by the early people of the USA. It was well described with photos and placards. The architecture I liked the most was the Ndebele Homestead in the South Africa zone.
Being from India, I was very excited to visit the Kelara Zone (India). When I reached the place, I could smell the aroma of Indian chai (tea). I had the famous Indian tandoor-baked naan and curry made from many spices along with lassi for lunch. There was also a shop that sold Indian handcrafts and food items. I had missed all this for so long. I recommend to anyone who visits this place to sample the diverse Indian cuisine and try on the Indian costumes.
Next, we came to the Istanbul Townscape in the Turkey zone. The music in the air was soothing to the ears, and we liked the atmosphere a lot. We got the chance to try on some Turkish costumes. When we wore the dresses we looked like members of the royal family. We had a great photo shoot.
This great day and our short trip ended with some shopping at the Museum shop. We had a pleasant day and created many memories that we will treasure. Little World can be easily accessed by bus or train. One can take a direct bus from Meitetsu Bus Center, which takes about an hour, or you can take a bus (about 20 minutes) from Meitetsu Inuyama Station. This is a nice place to spend a day and have good time with family or friends.
Shroff Bharath Bhagavan
Shroff Bharath has been living in Japan from past 1 year and loves travelling and trying out new foods. Now he started to explore the Shoryudo region of Japan (Central Japan).