When you've lived in a city for a couple years, and spent almost every weekend of it sightseeing around town, eventually it seems like you've run out of new things to see.
But every once in a while a little click here or scroll there and a piece of information pops up about a new location. Such was the case last summer when I found out the university near a store I frequent had its own public museum. It turns out the museum has some oddities not seen elsewhere in Tokyo, and probably not Japan.
Meiji University is surrounded by train stations and specialized shopping districts. Near Ochanomizu Station and the commons building of the university is a large collection of musical instrument stores. South of the university, along Yasukuni Dori, are dozens of outdoor gear shops (especially popular during the skiing season). Just south of Yasukuni Dori is Jinbocho, packed with bookstores carrying almost anything you could want to read. English language books aren't exactly common, though. Akihabara is a short walk away, too.
Meiji University Museum (English website/Japanese website) is located at 1-1 Kanda-Surugadai, in the Academy Commons building and is open from 10-5 every day (closed on some weekends during university vacations). Admission is free to the permanent collection exhibits. From Ochanomizu Station, walk south (away from the river if you come via JR) about a block along the main road; you want the building on the right, behind the plaza up the stairs.