Buzzing our readers … on the two exhibitions to check out with your children …

Yuka a female woolly mammoth excavated in almost perfect condition in Siberia 2010, is unveiled to the media after its arrival at Pacifico Yokohama convention center in Nishi Ward, Yokohama. Photo credits: The Yomiuri Shimbun

Yuka a female woolly mammoth excavated in almost perfect condition in Siberia 2010, is unveiled to the media after its arrival at Pacifico Yokohama convention center in Nishi Ward, Yokohama. Photo credits: The Yomiuri Shimbun

A 39,000-year-old frozen woolly mammoth will be exhibited for the first time in the world.

A 39,000-year-old frozen woolly mammoth arrived in Yokohama from Russia to be exhibited for the first time. The frozen female mammoth named Yuka was found in the Saha Republic. She is believed to have died at the age of 10 years old.

The mammoth was brought to Japan on Tuesday by ferry, and then officials put it in a specialized case that keeps the temperature below -10. …

A representative of the exhibition Norihisa Inuzuka said the frozen woolly mammoth, with its whole skin intact, is very valuable. He said it is the world’s first woolly mammoth to be shown in almost perfect condition. The exhibition will run through September 16.  Source: abclocal news, July 10, 2013

The Frozen Woolly Mammoth Yuka

New findings about woolly mammoths, including a full-size, genuine, mammoth in a freezer display case.
July 13-September 16, ¥900-2,200.
yuka2013.com and ticketing information

Venue information:

Address: 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama
Address (日本語): 神奈川県横浜市西区みなとみらい1丁目1−1
Nearest Station: Minatomirai.
Website: www.pacifico.co.jp/english

An archaeological exhibition, touring Japan and now making a stop in Tokyo, is offering a breathtaking glimpse into the lifestyles and thoughts of people who inhabited the Japanese archipelago from prehistoric through medieval times.

Titled “Hakkutsu Sareta Nihon Retto 2013” (The excavated Japanese islands 2013), the exhibit is made up of 510 artifacts from 32 archaeological sites across Japan. The Agency for Cultural Affairs is one of the organizers, and The Asahi Shimbun Co. is among its sponsors.

Kofun Period warrior artefacts

These “haniwa” clay figurines and sculptures, on exhibit at the Edo-Tokyo Museum, were excavated by the Imperial Household Agency. The figurine shaped like a human head, foreground, is from the Daisen burial mound in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. (Kazuaki Owaki)

The exhibition includes “magatama” jade beads, bronze mirrors from tumulus mounds, phallic stone clubs, ancient swords, “haniwa” terracotta figurines and sculptures .. and new artefacts unearthed after the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

One particular exhibit of note includes 13 select “haniwa” (terracotta figurines and sculptures) that were unearthed from sites administered by the Imperial Household Agency. The sites include those the agency believes to be tombs of emperors and other imperial ancestors.

This "haniwa" clay sculpture, representing a house surrounded by walls, was unearthed from the Gobyoyama burial mound in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture. (Provided by the Imperial Household Agency)

“Never before have such a large number of haniwa toured Japan at one time,” said an official at the agency’s Mausolea and Tombs Division … Read more about the exhibition here.