Track the footsteps of a great man

Track the footsteps of a great man

Koto City produces painter, comic artist, many celebrities including haiku poet including politics. Business that they worked on and work which we produced were very novel in those days. How about following their footprint which can say that we changed history?

List of sightseeing theme spots

1. Ito Shinsui and Sekine Shoji Exhibition Corner (itoushinsui, sekineshojishokaitenjikona)

Ito Shinsui and Sekine Shoji Exhibition Corner

We were born in Nishimorishita-cho of Fukagawa, and Shinsui Ito built the world of the beauty as aya* as representative beautiful woman painter who expressed beauty of woman with Japanese painting. On the other hand, Shoji Sekine was born in Shirakawa, Fukushima and created work full of individuality through encounter with Fukami, and it was representative Western picture painter of the Taisho era. Both work and way of life introduce each life and work of contrastive two people with panel.

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2. Tagawa Suiho Norakuro-kan(Norakuro building) (we let you be different one, norakurokan)

Tagawa Suiho Norakuro-kan(Norakuro building)

Biological parent, Suiho Tagawa (the real name: Takamizawa Taro Naka) of "norakuro" are these comic artists related to ward who spent youth in Koto City from the childhood period. Mementos such as work or the study desk were donated to Koto City in 1998 by (1998), the bereaved. Taking the opportunity of this, we established "Tagawa Suiho Norakuro-kan(Norakuro building)" to introduce achievements of Suiho Tagawa who left big footprint for Japanese comics world.

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3. Basho Museum (bashokinenkan)

Basho Museum

There is this memorial in the ground of connection which the bank of the Sumida River which can overlook Shin-ohashi Bridge and Kiyosubashi Bridge, eminent haiku poet, Matsuo Basho tied up hermitage to. Basho left accounts of a trip such as many apt remarks or "Oku no Hosomichi" based in this hermitage. In addition, the Japan P.E.N. club of trip in Japan performs Basho Museum in (2002) May in 2002; "rose of the 21st century, Basho" and, as authorization place, was authorized alone in Tokyo. Monument of "old Shin-ohashi Bridge trace" is built on the sidewalk close to memorial. Shin-ohashi Bridge which was built over (1693) first in 1693. Basho who just lived in Basho Fukagawa hermitage nearly that time composed on phrase of "frost of bridge which stepped on arigatayaitadaite" on seeing completion of bridge by phrase of "the top of first snow of the year yakakekakaritaru Bridge" during construction of Shin-ohashi Bridge again.

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4. Ozu Yasujiro Exhibition Corner

Ozu Yasujiro Exhibition Corner

The film director Yasujiro Ozu was born in 1903 in present-day Fukagawa 1-chome. He produced numbers of notable works, such as Tokyo Monogatari and Banshun, which depicted Japanese homes and families. The achievements of this great film creator are introduced through pictures, recordings, and associated Ozu products, who is called the "jewel of Japanese cinema" and known as a great filmmaker around the world.

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5. Ishida Hakyo Memorial Museum (ishidahakyokinenkan)

Ishida Hakyo Memorial Museum

Haiku poet Hakyo Ishida lived in Kitasuna of Koto City from (1946) for about 12 years in 1946 and composed many haikus on state of Koto City at the time as "burnt ground poetic composition". In addition, wave volost leads postwar haiku world and leaves big achievement in haiku literature of our country. Wave volost oneself established memorial in "the second hometown" and this ground which we called to introduce relation with Koto City, and to honor achievement and image of a human being.

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6. The birthplace of cement industry (historical site)

The birthplace of cement industry (historical site)

Soichiro Asano studied coke and coal tar waste materials and developed a method to use these waste materials as fuel to create cement. By supplying coke to a cement factory, he made a great profit. Bronze statue of Soichiro Asano is standing now in the front of building.

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7. Kinokuniya Bunzaemon's grave

Kinokuniya Bunzaemon's grave

Kinokuniya Bunzaemon (Kibun) was born in Kishu. At an early age, he went to Edo, owned a lumber business, had an association with the shogunate and became a wealthy merchant. In his later years, he lived near Tomioka Hachimangu Ichino Torii (1 Monzen-Nakacho) and is said to have passed away at the age of 66 in 1734 and to have been buried at Jotoin. There was grave in the left corner, and monument of the front was built in (1958) in 1958. Under influence caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, we cannot enter cemetery bounds now.

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8. Eiichi Shibusawa Residence Site (historical site)

Eiichi Shibusawa Residence Site (historical site)

Shibusawa Eiichi called father of Japanese capitalism holds this residence here from (1876) to 1888 in 1876. Later on, he moved his main house to Chuo-ku, and the Fukagawa residence was used as a second house. Eiichi had a close association with Koto-ku. He was a member and the chairperson of the Fukagawa ward assembly from 1889 to 1904. In addition, he established Shibusawa Warehouse Department (Currently Shibusawa Warehouse Co., LTD.)

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9. The 3rd Toyokuni Gototeien

The 3rd Toyokuni,Gototeien

This garden is reminiscent of Edo, made based on the historical fact that the popular late Edo ukiyoe artist, Toyokuni Utagawa III, lived by Gonohashi. There are a number of interesting things to see, such as an ukiyoe gallery that changes exhibitions each season, as well as Shunuri-no Taikobashi (a vermilion arched bridge) and Kawara-nu Koi-no Ike (the unchanging love pond). Approximately 600 carp (koi) swim in Kawaranu Koino Ike. In the Edo period, tiles (kawara) of Edojo castle were made around Kameido. This pond was named "Kawara-nu Koi-no Ike" by incorporating these homophones, "kawara" and "koi". It is recommended to visit it as a couple.

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