Learn the history of Koto-ku — Contemporary version

Learn the history of Koto-ku — Contemporary version

There are many precious materials and buildings conveying state of Tokyo of modern times (the Meiji Restoration - Pacific War end) and remains in Koto City. Daily life that changes after the Meiji Restoration rapidly. And it fights in earthquake disaster. It is touched when we imagine thought of people who lived in the times of turbulence.

List of sightseeing theme spots

1. Former Tokyo cityl House for store

Former Tokyo cityl House for store

As part of reconstruction contracts after the Great Kanto Earthquake, it is house with store which former Tokyo city built in (1928) in 1928. Reinforced concrete houses, presently used as residences with stores attached more than 80 years after their initial construction, line Kiyosumi-dori for approximately 250 m. There are popular cafés and galleries among them.

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2. Meiji maru

Meiji maru

Meiji maru is the oldest sailing boat existing in Japan. It is 73 m long, 9 m wide, and weighs 1,027 tons, showing off its beautiful posture with three masts. Starting in 1896, it was used as the training ship for Nautical College (currently Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology). In 1954, it was released from its duties as a training ship and is currently preserved on the university's campus. In May 1978, it was designated a National Important Cultural Property, the only ship to have that designation.

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3. Great Tokyo Air Raids・War Damage Document Center (we defeat father brothers we learn and do not do)

Great Tokyo Air Raids・War Damage Document Center

Since 1970 (the 45th year of the Showa era), the Center has been utilized to house items and literature collected by the Tokyo Daikuushuu Kiroku no Kai (Association to Record the Great Tokyo Air Raid). This material relates to war damage, and specifically to the Great Tokyo Air Raid of 1945, conveying to successive generations the calamities of war suffered by citizens, so that the Center might be of use as a location for peace studies and research. The Center was opened by the Institute of Politics and Economy on September 9th, 2002 (the 14th year of the Heisei era), thanks to the cooperation of many different people.

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4. Tokyo Minatorie

Tokyo minatorie

You can experience how Tokyo port developed through a large model and video media, and you can see pictures and learn about role of the Tokyo port as an international trade port. It also has many resources, such as an area introducing the entire picture of Rinkai sub-city center through models and videos, as well as a book area. it is an ideal place for training and learning.

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5. Fukagawa Tokyo Modern Museum

Fukagawa Tokyo Modern Museum

This is a renovated building of the Tokyo Fukagawa Shokudo, which had been built as Tokyo City-owned cafeteria in 1932. In 2008, it was designated as National Registered Tangible Cultural Property for being a building rebuilt after an earthquake that still exists as public cafeteria. Currently, it is the hub of the district's tourism and culture to conduct exhibition. It conducts projects relating to the contemporary history and food culture of Koto-ku. Café Nichiyo in the facility (irregular hours) provides meals and sweets.

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6. Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology

Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology was founded in October 2003, with the merger of Tokyo Mercantile Marine University and Tokyo Fisheries College. It is Japan's only comprehensive marine university to offer education and study in the oceanographic, maritime, and fishery fields. Building No. 1 (registration tangible cultural property) built in (1932) in 1932 features historical solid school building. Meiji maru is also a National Important Cultural Property.

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7. Koto City Koto library (we ask)

Koto City Koto library

We finish repair work in (2013) September in 2013 and are reopened and introduce IC system and are library where we installed automatic rental, return machine, reservation shelf in. The library is in possession of 480,000 books. (As of March 2014) Also, an exhibition of materials is on display depicting the stories of children who were evacuated to various locations in Yamagata and Niigata Prefectures in order to avoid harm during World War II air raids . At this exhibition, called the ‘Mass Evacuation of School Children Reference Room’, visitors can see documents, letters, and photographs from the time.

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