Teapots and teacups found at the old Shinbashi Railway Station in Tokyo
Image credit The Asahi Shimbun file photo
 
In April 1992, archaeologist Susumu Saito of the Tokyo Metropolitan Archaeological Centre, discovered piles of brick, stone and concrete on the former site of the old Shinbashi railway station in Tokyo. The station, along with the old Yokohama Station, was designed by American architect R P Bridgens during the Meiji Period (1868-1912) but is thought to have been demolished after being damaged by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. Among the debris, over 300 (train) teapots and 400 mugs were also found. Many of them were stamped with the names of other stations such as Shizuoka and Shimonoseki, as well as with the names of shops, and thus they provide a unique glimpse into the Meiji Period and rail travel at the time.
 
Kazuaki Owaki, Staff Writer for The Asahi Shimbun reports that, “Over a decade has passed since the excavation project finished, and the majority of the Shiodome ruins has been filled in. But anyone curious about Meiji Era rail travel can relive the past at the Old Shinbashi Station, even if the trains are no longer there. The Old Shinbashi Station and Railway History Exhibition Hall is open daily except for Mondays.”
 
Full Asahi Shimbun article here.