Meeting's chairperson of Koto City culture tour guide, Masafumi Nakao

Meeting's chairperson of Koto City culture tour guide, Masafumi Nakao

Koto City has much ground with connection. In blowing up connection until the present age as story of visitor, "I see," draw o.

Please tell about Koto City culture tour guide.

Koto City gathers volunteers of tour guide by surge of the time of regional activation by sightseeing promotion as background in 2010 and will provide guide service for tourist. There was cooperation such as NPO court noble Fukagawa or cultural assets guide, too, and considerable person announced the candidacy. We are integrated with cultural assets guide business of Koto City Board of Education which there was in 2012, and, as for the guide, the training course of guide always opens with approximately 80 currently, too.
We prepare for classic course made from course that we showed around by cultural assets guide business. We visit Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine and Fukagawa Shichifukujin(Seven Gods of Good Fortune), the outskirts of Buddhist temple and Shinto shrine including Kameido Tenjinsha Shrine, and there are 9 courses going round the ground of connection for transportation by water of Edo including Eitai-bashi Bridge and Onagigawa River again.
In addition, we mix course and can meet request of participant. We guided course that incorporated "Fukagawa old way (kodo) which forty-seven ronin walked" and garage of ancient morality and subway of Fukagawa concerning forty-seven ronin who called in guide companions recently.

What is characteristic of sightseeing of Koto City?

Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine and Fukagawa Fudodo Temple of Fukagawa are both yokozunas. There are many historical characters with connection in Kinokuniya Bunzaemon which is famous for Ino Tadataka and business magnate who made national map, Nanboku Tsuruya of Kabuki, noh comedy writer, Fukagawa including Gennai Hiraga of inventor, too. But we devise method of dispatch as there is not often "thing" as cultural assets. For example, it became Matsuo Basho because we planted banana plant in hermitage where peach blue, also known as Matsuo Basho moved to. Because we came for Fukagawa, we were able to establish "orthodox school". For guide, we hold down such a history well, and visitor is careful to be able to think, "it is accident!".

Koto City emphasizes town of water.

River and bridge are attractive. There is course to visit Nakagawa Funabansho Museum conveying history of distribution of Edo, but importance of river in Edo is not known unexpectedly. It is Kyu-Nakagawa and Onagigawa River that ship which carried supplies went in and out of Boso. We supported life of 1 million people in Edo City.
In addition, Eitai-bashi Bridge had tragedy that large-scale collapse accident happened in the Edo era and, on the other hand, was the first revival Bridge after the Great Kanto Earthquake. It is oldest, and belonging Hachimanbashi Bridge is left near Tomioka Hachimangu Shrine for existing iron bridge. In addition, modern bridge includes Tokyo Gate Bridge in Wakasu, Koto-ku, but form is beautiful, and structure is unique, too. There is history of structure of iron, and Kiba has history of tree. We blow up as story and are going to guide connections from Edo to the present age.

We want to do guide whom attachment and pride occur in this town of by conveying history interestingly.

Chairperson Nakao lives in Monzennakacho for a long time.

We left university, and company where we found a job about architecture has begun to live in wooden construction apartment of Kiba in Shinkiba. There was not Suzaki paradise anymore, but European-style buildings with arch are left, and what thought that it is different from other towns remains in impression. Atmosphere called "Chinatown Area" is Fukagawa and favorite all the time in downtown area.

For the Tokyo Olympics Paralympics of 2020, please tell the prospects of meeting of guide.

As many venues are done to seaside part of Koto City by Olympics, we think that it is chance from viewpoint of sightseeing activation. We think that competition facility wants to become targeted for sightseeing and person to make an easy one. We study to show around such a place.
In addition, in Koto City, there are relation with ship and landfill, Kameido from the Edo era and various history including connection with Boso. We want to convey the fun as their history. We lay emphasis on the training of guide and want to make a delightful one.

We plan to make doctrine one to be able to talk about with storytelling-like so that it is said with "outlook on name charges Fukagawa traffic" (there is the back looking at nadai, Fukagawa) like "traffic thing" (the back potato) of textbook of the Edo era.
Person who moved in participated in Morishita, and the place name of Fukagawa knew that the name of Hachiroemon Fukagawa which we reclaimed early in Edo was origin and was pleased very much. We want to work as guide who can think, "we want to tell friend the story".
(coverage day: on February 26, 2014)

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Meeting's chairperson of Koto City culture tour guide, Masafumi Nakao

It was born in Masafumi Nakao (Nakao, Masafumi) 1947. It is the chairperson of meeting of Koto City culture tour guide from April, 2013.
From experience that repeated exchange of opinions in "Tomioka district town planning plan" of department of ward engineering works control workshop for three years from 2005, want to know town through town walk, to sightseeing volunteer guide. Guide conveying "pride" of Koto City which made history while Edo-jo Castle downtown area is made fun of in support, the times is favorable reception.