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Tokyo Stroll Supplement: Imperial Palace / Kōkyo

on the Imperial Palace garden grounds

This page indexes, contains corrections and has additions to the Imperial Palace / Kōkyo chapter of Tokyo Stroll.

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Chidorigafuchi Moat: Tokyo Stroll page 189

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery / Chidorigafuchi Senbotsusha Boen: Tokyo Stroll page 189

Chidorigafuchi Park / Chidorigafuchi: Tokyo Stroll page 191

Dōshin Bansho: Tokyo Stroll page 202

Former Imperial Guard Headquarters / Kyū Konoe Shidan Shireibu: Tokyo Stroll page 190

Fujimi Tamon: Tokyo Stroll page 203

Fujimi Yagura: Tokyo Stroll page 200

Fushimi Yagura: Tokyo Stroll page 206

Hanzōmon: Tokyo Stroll page 191

Hibiya Matsumotorō (日比谷松本楼)
[In the middle of the area in the Marunouchi to Nagatachō Detail 3 map]

The Hibiya Matsumotorō was founded 1903, the same year as Hibiya Park opened
From the beginning the restaurant served yōshoku, which are dishes influenced by Western foods. The beef curry that made Hibiya Matsumotorō famous is one of those dishes still served today. Such food was considered unique and trendy at the time of its founding. The restaurant thusly became very fashionable with the modern set, intellectuals, and progressive artists.

The Pan no Kai, or Pan Society, an important group of writers, actors, and artists who wished to transform the arts of Japan, held its first meeting at the restaurant. Among the noted customers who frequented the restaurant were Takamura Kōtarō and Natsume Sōseki. Another visitor was Sun Yat-sen, who discussed plans there for the Chinese revolution with his friend Umeya Shōkichi.

Please excuse a digression about this interesting relationship. In 1882 when he was 14 Umeya went to Shanghai where he was robbed and turned to working at the docks to survive. His experience of the mistreatment of Chinese workers by the British led him to support Chinese independence from foreign powers. After that trip he returned to Japan to shortly again travel overseas where he would live for many years. In 1895 Umeya met Sun Yat-sen in Hong Kong, both were in their late 20s at this time, and their friendship began. Upon returning to Japan in 1905 with a fortune he had made overseas, as well as a reputation for supporting revolutionary activities, Umeya founded the movie company M. Pathe. He would use income from that and other projects project to help fund anti-Manchu revolutionaries. When he was in exile in 1913 Sun Yat-sen was introduced to Soong Ching-Lin by Umeya and his wife Toku and in time the two exiles were wed in the Umeya's home. Umeya would in 1933 get in trouble with the Japanese nationalists and be branded a traitor for his support of peace in China. He would, in 1934, be asked to be an unofficial emissary to China by the Japanese foreign minister but died before he could make the trip. At the funeral Umeya's casket was draped in both the Japanese and Chinese flags. By the way Umeya's grand-daughter would later marry Kosaka Tetsuro who owned the restaurant. The current owner is Kosaka Ayano Umeya's great-grandson.

During the allied Occupation of Japan the restaurant, which was also the home of the owners, was converted into living quarters for U.S. officers until 1951. During that time the owners slept in a storeroom in the building and had to carry special identification to leave and return as that portion of the park was under direct US control.

In 1971, Hibiya Matsumotorō was destroyed by arson during the violent protests around provisions in the Okinawa Reversion Treaty that returned the islands to Japanese control. A new restaurant was built and opened in September 1973. Every year, to commemorate the reopening, on September 25 a 10-yen curry charity sale is held as a fundraising event for charity where every donation over 10 yen gets you a plate of curry.

The current restaurant includes private rooms, banquet halls, on the third floor a French restaurant, and there is an outdoor terrace dining area. Seating is Western style and the restaurant is non-smoking. WEB:

Hirakawa Mon: Tokyo Stroll page 194

Hirakawa Tenmangū: Tokyo Stroll page 193

Hyakunin Bansho: Tokyo Stroll page 201

Imperial Palace / Kōkyo: Tokyo Stroll page 204

Imperial Palace East Gardens / Kōkyo Higashi Gyoen: Tokyo Stroll page 202

Imperial Palace Frontal Plaza / Kōkyo Mae Hiroba: Tokyo Stroll page 206

Imperial Palace Main Gate Iron Bridge / Kōkyo Seimon Tekkyō: Tokyo Stroll page 206

Imperial Palace Main Gate Stone Bridge / Kōkyo Seimon Ishibashi: Tokyo Stroll page 206

Ishimuro: Tokyo Stroll page 203

JCII Camera Museum / Nihon Camera Hakubutsukan: Tokyo Stroll page 191

Kikyō Mon: Tokyo Stroll page 200

Kita Hanebashi Mon: Tokyo Stroll page 194

Kitanomaru Park / Kitanomaru Kōen: Tokyo Stroll page 189

Museum of Imperial Collections / Sannomaru Shōzōkan: Tokyo Stroll page 202

National Museum of Modern Art (MOMAT) / Tôkyô Kokuritsu Kindai Bijutsukan: Tokyo Stroll page 190

National Shōwa Memorial Museum / Shōwa Kan: Tokyo Stroll page 185

National Theater of Japan / Kokuritsu Gekijō: Tokyo Stroll page 193

Ninomaru Garden / Ninomaru Teien: Tokyo Stroll page 203

Nippon Budōkan: Tokyo Stroll page 188

Ōte Mon: Tokyo Stroll page 201

Sakashita Mon: Tokyo Stroll page 204

Sakurada Mon: Tokyo Stroll page 207

Science Museum / Kagaku Gijutsukan: Tokyo Stroll page 190

Shimizu Mon: Tokyo Stroll page 189

Statue of Kusunoki Masashige: Tokyo Stroll page 207

Statue of Ōyama Iwao: Tokyo Stroll page 187

Suwa no Chaya: Tokyo Stroll page 200

Tatsumi Yagura: Tokyo Stroll page 200

Tayasu Mon: Tokyo Stroll page 188

Tenshudai: Tokyo Stroll page 195

Tōkagakudō and the Kunaichō Gakubu: Tokyo Stroll page 195

Yasukuni Jinja: Tokyo Stroll page 188

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