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Discover Chuo City: Billionaire who lived in site of Catholic Tsukiji church

[Hanes] December 11, 2018 14:00

Hello. It is Hanes (splashes) of new face correspondent
Does everybody believe if we say, "person who became billionaire has lived in site of Catholic Tsukiji church?"
When we heard this story for the first time, we were not able to believe me blindly


As the person is story before the Great Kanto Earthquake not believer besides,
Document about the person is not left in church, "after all was there not such a fact?...Was about to think to be "; then,
At one of Ibaraki and a certain museum, we will know that it was fact accidentally.
Through a this time such incredible truth,
It is Chuo-ku are introduced here. in the one scene of the history of Tsukiji which was hardly known so far

As for time, it is after the war. There were three billionaires called "three postwar central figures" in Japan.
Yonetaro Otani who is the hotel Hotel New Otani founder in former sumo wrestlers
Shunji Minami who is Osaka Shipbuilding's president
And it is coal mine manager Hiromi Kikuchi becoming this main character.

As there is "Hiromi Kikuchi memory intellect Museum" in Minato-ku of the neighbor,
Him who has heard the name may come


He from Batomachi of Tochigi goes to Tokyo counting on Totaro Yamazaki of uncle who succeeded in coal mine,
At Yamazaki store which there was in place facing the canal of Irifune-cho, discharge coal in Sumida River; probationary.
One has public bath in those days in one town as there were few houses with family bath,
He seemed to go to public bath to wash away dirt of coal and slack, too

Ship entering port hot water. jpg
(possibly it may be ship entering port hot water!)

Such he gets married before long and begins to live in Akasaka soul south Hill that is near U.S. Embassy and Hotel Okura
And we will move in Tsukiji Akashicho afterwards.

In "1921, family moved to Tsukiji Akashicho from house of soul south slope. This house was house owned by the Pope in building attached to church which was next to the Catholic Church which there was midmost of old settlement. It was old, but, in brick-built excellent European-style building, we assumed the second floor house and, with building before 1877, used the lower floor for office of Tatsunokuchi coal pit. It was dignified that it was good for house of new upstart so as to be beyond the means more."
Tateishi job husband "Hiromi Kikuchi biography" (large heart private supplementary school, 1979), p. 180. ※Article not for sale

Memorial. jpg
(we photograph in kikuikekanjitsukinenkohagitan*shiryokan (Takahagi-shi, Ibaraki).)

"1921 (Taisho 10), kanjitsu where wave of recession after the bad times surged against moves to. It was the newly-married life fifth year. We moved from Akasaka soul south slope to Tsukiji Akashicho. The new home was house owned by the Vatican in European-style building attached to the Catholic Church not new construction. Because we say 45 years old, it is old, but is still rare at the time of in red brick-built European-style building. Why was this house available? Though archbishop-za of the Vatican moved to soul south slope, according to the intellect of daughter, we put together, and kanjitsu seemed to obtain by transfer. Among two Western-style buildings, company used one house, and another one house lived. This Akashicho is near the river mouth of Sumida River, and view is not bad in riverside, too. Until several decades ago, there was quite good character including restaurant which it overlooked in river. Originally trace of settlement was still known as new Tokyo scenery in the Taisho era to be able to hold after so-called Tsukiji settlement of the Meiji early years."
Mitsugu Saotome like "surging wave is unyielding life (2008, original bookshop), p. of Hiromi Kikuchi" 119.

Coal mine. jpg
(we photograph in kikuikekanjitsukinenkohagitan*shiryokan (Takahagi-shi, Ibaraki).)

kanjitsu will move taking the opportunity of house having disappeared by the Great Kanto Earthquake,
State of church at that time is recorded as follows

"There was not operation that both power of Rome pope agency and Western construction that we made ze;zei for resisted before this earthquake. Earthquake caused fire, and fire caused wind, and violent wind drove fire and burnt down the whole Tokyo. (...We hit stake to site of the ruin of a fire of Irifune-cho early and, on the third day when) aftershock continued, did the territory and put up barrack. (...) kanjitsu started work in the barrack again early and subsequently built barrack to former house trace of Akashicho again. Coal reserve ground can use vacant land here as site is large. When church is doing wadakamarikogomi with solemn atmosphere, may it be said that what we were able to hardly say is happiness that earthquake disaster brought? Can becoming and who imagine site where church was in coal depot? Because this Akashicho was surrounded by Sumida River and canals, it was most suitable for transportation of coal to be convenient for transportation by water." (Saotome, pp. 124-126)

Coal. jpg
(we photograph in kikuikekanjitsukinenkohagitan*shiryokan (Takahagi-shi, Ibaraki).)

Building in church site that we might not believe, but Minato native of synchronization correspondent introduced the other day,
We were used as coal mine office and have become coal depot once
And it is place that made sure of day when Hiromi Kikuchi becoming billionaire later is young

Office. jpg
(remains of an ancient structure of office of kohagitan*)

1:00 with Tsukiji of man who supported development of Japan with black diamond,
It hardly remains for existing documents and is forgotten.
However, in Tsukiji Akashicho where impression as foreign settlement resists as for it on site of church,
Is it not at all story that is interesting in unexpectedness that such a person lived?

In this way, interesting person biography is idle still more in Chuo-ku.
We want to perform "digging" of person biography in future as if we dig coal



Reluctance of leaving of 15 wards of coming and going Tokyo prefectures

[hiba arborvitae] December 11, 2018 09:00

Starting from 1878, Kojimachi ward with the Imperial Palace,

Write character of clockwise "no"

Kojimachi, Kanda, Nihonbashi Bridge, Kyobashi, turf, Azabu, Akasaka, Yotsuya,
15 wards were set of Ushigome, Koishikawa, Hongo, Shitaya, Asakusa, court noble, Fukagawa.

Nihonbashi Bridge ward and Kyobashi ward are merged on March 15, 1947, and there is current Chuo-ku.

Kyobashi Tsukishima post office _400.jpg

 Station name of Kyobashi Tsukishima post office is trace of Tokyo prefecture Kyobashi ward.

Scenery mark "spatula of Tsukishima Nishinaka-dori St. mall and Monjayaki"

Scenery mark _400.jpg

 <scenery mark: August, 2018 shooting>

There is one side to bristle with high-rise buildings like bamboo shoot after rain while building from the Taisho era to the Showa era is left considerably a lot in town. When Tsukishima area that monjano et al. have a lot of pleasure is taken a walk through leisurely

How about? Please look for constancy.

◆Kyobashi Tsukishima post office
 4-1-14, Tsukishima, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

◆Other scenery mark
Central Tsukiji post office ※We move to Toyosu
Authority of Ginza Miyuki post office



Is it island? Is it shima?

[wienerhorn] December 6, 2018 12:00

Matsushima-jinja Shrine and Matsushima Shrine. jpgThere are one, Matsushima-jinja Shrine of "7, Nihonbashi Fukugami" in Nihonbashiningiyoucho, and large country God is worshiped. Because "pines grew thick, according to the buttocks all sorts of subject of Chuo-ku, in the outskirts, Shimauchi had this name in Kojima of inlet at the time of the foundation" and seems to be one.
However, we are written as "Matsushima Shrine" in torii, and which of "island" "shima" is right? We think of this.
After there not being document which we used "shima" for, or looking for, we were found! "Kanpo dignity figure" made in 1744 (Kanpo 4) was published in Chuo-ku, Tokyo Board of Education "collection of figures of Chuo-ku history" (Nihonbashi Bridge), and the place name of "Matsushima town" was written down.
Was "island", judging from origin, "shima" has been used, should it be understood to drink?
It is pleasant thing to look at ancient map.



North Europe is hot in winter! Four selections of North Europe to enjoy in Chuo-ku

[Hanes] December 6, 2018 09:00

Hello. It is Hanes (splashes) of new face correspondent
It was December in no time, but are you getting along happily even if everybody is cold?
In winter...
・Hot food such as pan and oden
・It relates to snow such as ski and snowman
・Event such as Christmas and New Year holidays
We think that there may be many people associating this

Meanwhile, thing which I associate is North Europe known as hometown of Nordic events pattern and Santa!
In thing called this, this time is Chuo-ku are introduced here. every country at North European spot to be able to enjoy in winter
(we intend for 5 countries in North Europe of ※ narrow sense.)

Norway.pngNorwegian & Denmark .pngDenmark
Cafe with the name of capital of Norway is in Chuo-ku.
The name is OSLO COFFEE (Oslo coffee) GINZA CORE shop, too
Here dishes using Norway salmon and Danish cheese,
We can have North European dessert and cake.
We may taste feeling that is in North Europe while being in Ginza that there are feelings to tablewareAirplane


Address: 5-8-20, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo GINZA CORE 1F
Business hours: From 11:00 to 22:00
Official site:

In national movie archive (former: National Film Center),
Special feature screening "invitation to Swedish movie of the 150th anniversary of Japan, the diplomatic relations establishment in Sweden" began on Tuesday, November 27

I who was looking forward to this event for a long time appreciated "Miss April" (original title: Fröken April) shown in opening night (1958)
We reverse ourselves from the beginning harking back to cold winter in North Europe.
In development that tempo by misunderstanding has good whole book by spring weather when we take wrong!
What is story that unique combination called the president of hard bank and young dancer weaves?
Though it is movie more than half a century ago, it is recommended work providing universal laughter

Only as for the contents that other showing movies are interesting!
When it is cold, how about appreciating Swedish movie in the warm room?


■Invitation to Swedish movie of the 150th anniversary of Japan, the diplomatic relations establishment in Sweden
Period From Tuesday, November 27, 2018 to Thursday, December 13, 15th from Saturday to 23rd (Sunday/Holiday)
Venue: National movie archive Nagase memory hall OZU (the second floor)
Official web site:

"Secret ... of Mumin STORY - little Mii" began on Wednesday, November 28 in MATSUYA GINZA.
In addition to Mumin goods including here original product,
Photospot where photograph comes out with Mii is substantial


We are used to Mii's dumpling head look of onion type which is trademark and,


We become Mii completely, and one piece such as cut comes out!
I annoyed Mumin mom for such a feeling, too


It is opportunity when Mumin enthusiast cannot overlook

■Secret ... of Mumin STORY - little Mii
Period From Wednesday, November 28, 2018 to Monday, December 10
Venue: MATSUYA GINZA the eighth floor event square
Business hours: From 10:00 to 20:00
(closed at 17:00 on the last day until 19:30 on ※ December 2, 9th)
Admission: Free of charge
Official web site: This (we link to exhibition & gallery page of MATSUYA GINZA)

In Canon gallery Ginza, photo exhibition "earth construction" by Kazuyoshi Nomachi begins on 6th.
In this exhibition, we can enjoy scenery that can realize greatness and beauty of nature of Iceland.
Iceland without opportunity to be far, and to go very much...
Therefore there may be what we know a little at this opportunity


■Canon gallery EOS R SYSTEM special plan exhibition Kazuyoshi Nomachi photo exhibition: Earth construction
Period From Thursday, December 6, 2018 to Wednesday, December 12
Venue: Canon gallery Ginza
   (3-9-7, Ginza, Chuo-ku, Tokyo tolerance Ginza building 1F)
Business hours: From 10:30 to 18:30 (on the last day until 15:00)
Closed days: Sunday/Holiday
Official web site:

We introduced four spots of North European connection to be able to enjoy in Chuo-ku to here,
Would there be curious thing?
It is in a room in Chuo-ku, and related event in North Europe and cooking to be able to enjoy are equal,
We should be able to surely spend time happily on 1st even if cold
How about mentioning such a North European culture when you are in the neighborhood?



Kasama Inari Shrine

[wienerhorn] December 5, 2018 14:00

Inari, Kasama IMG_6883.jpg

Photograph: Kasama Inari Shrine (Kasama-shi, Ibaraki)

"7, Nihonbashi Fukugami" is in Suitengumae Station, Ningyocho Station, Kodemmacho Station of Tokyo Metro, neighborhood of Hamacho Station of Toei Subway and can circulate through Shichifukujin in one hour if we do our best. There is "company according to Kasama Inari Shrine Tokyo" in that. Sightseeing in Chuo-ku official approval that study was accomplished knows well. As it is a certain long name, ten characters are impressive, too. It was made at current position as branch shrine of Kasama Inari Shrine (Kasama-shi, Ibaraki) in 1859 of last years of Edo era.
As "Kasama Inari Shrine" was displayed by car navigation system when it drives the Ibaraki prefecture by chance on the other day, this is that! We thought of this and dropped in in a hurry. It is Shinto shrine counted by the foundation of 651 years in Japan's three biggest Inari. It was the precincts of solemn atmosphere, big company, very impressive space including Nakamise. We reach New Year's visit to a Shinto shrine, but many worshipers will come soon.



Ups and downs of rohachi*ji

[hiba arborvitae] December 4, 2018 14:00

It was December in early thing in this year.

Eight days from December 1 to 8th are rohachidaisetsushin.

At ascetic practices dojo studio of Zen Buddhism in the same way as Buddha
We live a life absorbed in posture of contemplation for this one week.

Large kite of Dharma. png

For teaching of Buddha through "Zen"
It is Bodhidharma to have been successful.

Dharma of "tumbler,"
It is said that it is Bodhidharma of "posture of contemplation".

Tsukiji Dharma. jpg

The deep-black eyebrows and mustache are "Tsukiji Dharma" of fish.
By writing brush letter which live kino like Tsukiji is good for
It is "riverside fish market" and "TSUKIJI" on both sides of face
This is drawn.

Dharma of ups and downs,
It is mascot which business prosperity and luck are suitable for.

We were able to hang with salmon.
Please look for in Tsukiji Outer Market.

 National Diet Library digital collection


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