Environment

Experience a sense of tradition and modern Tokyo

In the area around our school you can feel the old spirit of Edo through the traditional Asakusa district, the Ryogoku Kokugikan Stadium for Japan’s national sport of Sumo and the Edo Tokyo Museum. At the same time the spirit of the ultra-modern metropolis of Tokyo can be experienced from the world famous Akihabara electronics district. You will also find the lively sightseeing district Odaiba in the same city ward. Why don’t you study Japanese in the location with best access to all of these places?

Edo-Tokyo Museum

The Edo-Tokyo Museum (江戸東京博物館 ,Edo Tōkyō Hakubutsukan) is a museum of the history of Tokyo, established in 1993. The main features of the permanent exhibitions are the life-size replica of the Nihonbashi, which was the bridge leading into Edo; the Nakamuraza theatre; scale models of town; and buildings from the Edo, Meiji and Shōwa periods.

The museum is located in Ryōgoku adjacent to the Ryōgoku Kokugikan. The distinctive elevated shape of museum’s building is modeled after an old storehouse in the kurazukuri style.

The Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum is a branch of the Edo-Tokyo Museum.

The Ryogoku Kokugikan & Sumo Museum

Ryōgoku Kokugikan (両国国技館 ,Ryōgoku Kokugi-kan) is an indoor sporting arena located in the Ryōgoku neighborhood of Sumida, one of the 23 wards of Tokyo in Japan, next to the Edo-Tokyo Museum. This is the third building to be associated with the name kokugikan to have been built in Tokyo. The current building was opened in 1985 and has a capacity of 13,000 people. It is mainly used for sumo wrestling tournaments (honbasho) and hosts the Hatsu Basho in January, the Natsu Basho in May, and the Aki Basho in September. It also houses a museum about sumo.[1] The venue is also used for other indoor events, such as boxing, pro wrestling, and music concerts. In past years, it has hosted the G-1 Climax, an annual tournament in New Japan Pro Wrestling.

The Sumo Museum collects and preserves a wide range of materials relating to the history of sumo wrestling. The museum possesses 3,700 sumo Nishiki-e (multi-colored woodblock prints), 500 sumo dolls, Banzuke (official ranking list), and Kesho-mawashi (a silk belt with a heavily embroidered large apron with thick tassels worn by upper ranked wrestlers). The exhibits change six times each year. The museum also functions as a research center, continuously studying and reviewing sumo history as an integral part of Japanese culture. The museum was first opened in September 1954, when the Kuramae Kokugikan was completed, and was relocated to its current location in the Ryogoku Kokugikan in January 1985.

Kameido Tenjin shrine

Kameido Tenjin is famous for its plums, wisteria and the typically humpbacked drumbridge leading into the spacious grounds. It is one of the thousands of shrines nationwide dedicated to Sugawara no Michizane (845-903), a scholar, poet and politician, who once made it to ministerial rank, but later became the victim of factional intrigue at court and was exiled to Kyushu. After Michizane’s death a few years later, several natural disasters struck the capital Kyoto and people believed Michizane had come back to haunt his former enemies as a vengeful spirit. He was identified with the Thunder God and a shrine was built for him. Interestingly enough, the deified Michizane soon lost his awesomeness as Thunder God and developed into a god of learning and literature, more in character with the historical Michizane. The Kameido shrine dates from 1662, when a statue of Michizane made from plum wood (the plum was Michizane’s favorite tree) was installed here. This, too, was a popular destination for worshippers in the Edo period.

Akihabara

Akihabara (秋葉原) (“Field of Autumn Leaves”), also known as Akihabara Electric Town (秋葉原電気街 ,Akihabara Denki Gai), is an area of Tokyo, Japan. It is located less than five minutes by rail from Tokyo Station. Its name is frequently shortened to Akiba (アキバ) in Japan. While there is an official locality named Akihabara nearby, part of Taitō-ku, the area known to most people as Akihabara (including the railway station of the same name) is actually Soto-Kanda, a part of Chiyoda-ku.

Akihabara is a major shopping area for electronic, computer, anime, and otaku goods, including new and used items. New items are mostly to be found on the main street, Chūōdōri, with many kinds of used items found in the back streets of Soto Kanda 3-chōme. First-hand parts for PC-building are readily available from a variety of stores. Tools, electrical parts, wires, microsized cameras and similar items are found in the cramped passageways of Soto Kanda 1-chōme (near the station). Foreign tourists tend to visit the big name shops like Laox or other speciality shops near the station, though there is more variety and lower prices at locales a little further away. Akihabara gained some fame through being home to one of the first stores devoted to personal robots and robotics.