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Published on January 15, 2016

Head Office, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten (6-1-15 Asakusa, Taito City)

The predecessor of Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten was Yamashiroya that was established by Seisuke, a founder, in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture in 1861, so it has been in business for more than 150 years. The store has produced Japanese drums, portable shrines and ritual goods, as well as striving to collect, preserve and popularize them. Resources related to drums at home and abroad are collected and introduced at "Drum Museum" located near Senso-ji Temple in Nishi-asakusa. Nearly 900 precious drums collected from home and abroad are displayed, and many foreign tourists visit the museum. Also, the store has held drum classes in Asakusa and Yokohama, striving to introduce Japanese drums and related cultures to people around the world.

Head Office, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games (1964) (Courtesy of Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten)
Large drums for ceremonial court music, made by Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, were used at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games (1964).

A portable shrine for Sanja Festival (2 shaku (approximately 60 cm), Head Office, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten) It was used at Asakusa Sanja Festival held around 1955.

Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten (6-1-15 Asakusa, Taito City), an Asakusa-based maker and distributor of Japanese drums, portable shrines, ritual goods, has supplied Gagaku instruments to the Imperial Household as a purveyor to it. Also, it has sold a variety of instruments and goods to the Kabuki-za, National Theater of Japan, National Noh Theater, and shrines and temples throughout the country. It also sets up the Drum Museum on the 4th floor of its Nishi-asakusa Store (2-1-1 Nishi-asakusa, Taito City).

Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten's Website

The Drum Musem's Website

Head Office, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten

A splendid Japanese drum (Imperial Household model) displayed at the Head Office, Miyamoto Unosuke Shoten, It is used for ceremonial imperial court music.