May 26, 2018, 4:32 am
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Museums, Maids, Missions

PEOPLE in Japan observed May 10 as “Maid no Hi” or Maid’s Day, with cosplayers posting pictures to social media. Why? “May Sickness, or Gogatsu-byou, threatens to kick in, as the harsh reality of the daily grind crushes down on everyone.” [https://soranews24.com/2018/05/12/japanese-women-come-out-in-cosplay-to-celebrate-maids-day-in-japan]

Not a long jump considering this is the land of the Maid cafés Meido kafe): “waitresses wear costumes and communicate with customers while serving food, posing for pictures and playing tabletop games. Services are not sexual, which places maids in the realm of affective labour. Maid cafés are significant as an example of ‘alternative intimacy’ emerging in contemporary Japan...The maid café is conditioned by a neoliberal economy that alienates young Japanese from the frames that structure identity, interaction and intimacy.” [http://intersections.anu.edu.au/issue25/galbraith.htm]

So these maids are meant to be cute: “Meido kissa (or ‘maid cafés’) developed starting in March 2001, mainly in Akihabara. Maids working in meido kissa prototypically use specific phrases; for example, they say okaerinasaimase, goshujinsama (‘Welcome home, my master’) to male customers, and use ojoosama ‘young lady (honorific)’ to refer to female customers...This maid voice is closely tied to the culture of ‘moe’.” [http://user.keio.ac.jp/~kawahara/pdf/Kawahara-Onin16.pdf]
Meido, geisha, maiko but not jugun ianfu. Women empowerment, which is the portfolio of Noda Seiko who dislikes the bronze statue of a blindfolded Filipino woman erected in December 2017 on Roxas Boulevard in Manila. [https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2018/04/28/national/politics-diplomacy/new-comfort-women-memorial-removed-thoroughfare-manila-pressure-japanese-embassy/#.WvpDcyWXXw0]

Luckily, women empowerment in Japan is also embodied by the Women’s Active Museum of War and Peace (2-3-18 Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0051), which had opened on the 60th anniversary of Japan’s defeat in WWII and where the records of the Women’s International War Crimes Tribunal on Japan’s Military Sexual Slavery and materials related to the so-called “comfort women” issue could be preserved and made available to future generations. [http://wam-peace.org/en/aboutus/]

Two more good reasons for WAM-Peace: “The second was to honor the women in the Koreas, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, Indonesia, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Burma, Papua New Guinea, Guam, and Japan who have dealt with trauma, psychological suffering, and physical torment not only during the war, but also in the postwar period, as a result of their maltreatment. The third was to establish a base for peace and human rights activism in order to wipe out wartime violence against women and to promote a more trusting relationship between Japan and its neighbors in Asia.” [https://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/file/nishino.pdf]

This is a good time to visit Tokyo’s Women’s Active Museum of War and Peace since May 18 is International Museum Day, which is meant to raise awareness of the “important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples.” [http://network.icom.museum/international-museum-day] Coincidentally, May 8-9 is the global “Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War,” as mandated by Resolution 59/26 of 22 November 2004 of the United Nations General Assembly. [http://www.un.org/en/events/remembranceday/]

Thus, for our summer excursion, we are motivated to visit WW2 museums like the Philippine Air Force Aerospace Museum, Manila American Cemetery, Veteran’s Museum, and Libingan ng mga Bayani or the Cemetery of the Heroes that is the “final resting place of 33,520 Filipinos who laid their lives for the country during the Second World War.” [http://www.taguig.gov.ph/tourism/taguig-landmarks/]

In Trump’s USA, one can go to the Kansas Barbed Wire Museum, International UFO Museum and Research Center, Burlesque Hall of Fame, International Banana Museum, McDonald’s Big Mac Museum, Count Ferdinand von Galen Titan Missile Museum Education and Research Center, Idaho Potato Museum, American International Rattlesnake Museum, Winchester Mystery House, Salem Witch Museum, Nuclear Waste Adventure Trail and Museum, Chaffee Barbershop Museum, Ben and Jerry’s Flavor Graveyard, Hall of Flame Fire Museum, Willow Creek China-Flat Bigfoot Museum, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, and the Museum of Edgar Allen Poe.

Or how about the International Cryptozoology Museum? 

Back in Japan, they have Kenji Igarashi Memorial Dry Cleaning and Laundry Museum, The Cat Museum in Ito City, Ace World Bags and Luggage Museum, Tokyo Trick Art Museum, Meguro Parasitological Museum, Bank of Japan Currency Museum, The Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Momofuku Ando Instant Ramen Museum, Hara Model Railway Museum, Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, Showa Retro Packaging Museum, Kirin Beer Village, Museum of Snowflakes (Hokkaido), Shimizu Sushi Museum (Shizuoka), and Iga-ryū Ninja Museum. [http://ayashii.pandora.nu/]

Would you consider the Chinese People’s Anti-Japanese War Museum in Beijing?

Elsewhere: Baku Museum of Miniature Books (Azerbaijan), Cancun Underwater Museum, Believe It or Not Curiosity Museum Tamsui in Taiwan, Museum of Failure in Helsingborg (Sweden), Qasr Prison Museum (Iran), Claphams National Clock Museum (New Zealand), Burma’s Drug Elimination Museum, Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum (UK), Museum Kimchikan (Korea), Dow’s Pharmacy Museum (Victoria, Australia), Winter Palace of the Bogd Khan (Mongolia), The Museum Of Broken Relationships in Zagreb (Croatia), Museum of Smoking (Indonesia), Museo Penitenciario Argentino Antonio Ballvé, Bata Shoe Museum (Canada), Museum of Fijian history, Carrot Museum of Liège (Belgium), Museo del Oro (Bogota, Colombia), INS Kurusura Submarine Museum (India), South Africa’s District Six Museum, Museo della Frutta (Turin, Italy), Lei Cheng Uk Han Tomb Museum of Hong Kong, Iceland’s Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft (Holmavik), Museum of the Revolution of Cuba, Condom Museum (Nonthamburi, Thailand), and Coptic Museum in Cairo (Egypt).

In this summer of hot events, let us revisit Ayala Museum in Makati to see the dioramas depicting WWII in Manila and Rizal’s Archipelago.
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