Ukiyo-e art, Edo food, and Sumo, Ryōgoku is full of Entertainment!

Ryōgoku was the area where the ordinary people of Edo gathered. Their culture has been passed down to present day locals and has given the area unique tastes. Ukiyo-e art, Edo food, and Sumo cultures have been improved upon since. This winter (2016), you’ll not be able to take your eyes off the Ryōgoku area.

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Stored by Sumida Hokusai Museum


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Ryōgoku was the area where the ordinary people of Edo gathered. Their culture has been passed down to present day locals and has given the area unique tastes. Ukiyo-e art, Edo food, and Sumo cultures have been improved upon since. This winter (2016), you’ll not be able to take your eyes off the Ryōgoku area.

Experience the Edo food culture【Ryōgoku Edo-Noren】

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A building next to JR Ryōgoku station has been converted into a small Edo food street. Beloved Japanese foods like Sushi, Tempura, and Green tea confectionaries are available at this new food court. The Edo-Tokyo museum and the Ryōgoku Sumo stadium is a 5 min walk from this area.

During the Edo period, people often got food from food stalls. Following this old custom, a sushi shop at Ryōgoku Edo-Noren serves Nigiri-Sushi at their stall. This may be a good opportunity to enjoy an Edo dish, just as people did during the Edo period.

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【Ryōgoku Edo-Noren】

The proud Japanese Ukiyo-e art master, Hokusai Katsushika 【Sumida Hokusai Museum】

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Stored by Sumida Hokusai Museum

Ukiyo-e art is a world famous art genre that originated in Japan. It is said that European artists such as Van Gogh and Eduard Monet were influenced by Ukiyo-e. One of these Ukiyo-e artists is Hokusai Katsushika. He was very enthusiastic about art and drawing. He tried to sketch everything in the world and left more than 30,000 pieces of art until he died at the age of 88.

On 22nd November, 2016 the Sumida Hokusai Museum was unveiled to public. Hokusai spent most of his lifetime in Sumida, Tokyo. The modern museum building designed by the world renowned architect Sejima Kazuyo, is home to Hokusai’s important artwork. Colors that have faded over time have been repainted on replica work. You can experience his outstanding talent through the enormous amount of work here.

Sumida Hokusai Museum

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  • Address:2-7-2 Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo
  • Opening hours: 9:30-17:30 (Last admission 17:00)
  • Closing dates:Mondays, or if the following day falls on a national holiday or a compensatory holiday. On New Years holidays (Dec. 26, 2016 – January 1, 2017)
    The museum may also close on a temporary basis.
  • Admission fee for the permanent exhibition:Adults 400 yen (Group fee: 320 yen)
  • Telephone:03-5777-8600
  • Websitehttp://hokusai-museum.jp/?lang=en

Step into the world of Hokusai【Event:The Hokusai trick art booth】

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Here is an opportunity for you take photos with Hokusai’s artwork. An interactive art booth filled with Hokusai’s paintings will come to Hirokō-ji street at Ryogoku station.

The Hokusai trick art booth

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  • Date and Time:25th November to 11th December, 10am-7pm
  • Venue:Hirokō-ji street of the Ryōgoku station
  • Price:Free of Charge

Places to go near the Ryōgoku station

Edo-Tokyo Museum: http://tadaimajp.com/2016/06/edo-tokyo-museum/
Sumo Museum: http://www.sumo.or.jp/EnSumoMuseum

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I love travelling and tourists! Where to next? Wherever it is, I hope to find a good onsen (hot spring bath), delicious drinks, and friendly people. I enjoy telling Japanese stories in English, and it fills my life with plenty of learning opportunities!