21 September, 2005

Koishikawa Botanical garden / Koishikawa Bunkyo-ward

Koishikawa Botanical Garden is the one of the research institute of the Univesity of Tokyo.
Lee and Shige often go walking around there. The circumference of this garden is quiet and there are few cars on the road. It’s very good for walking, however, unfortunately, dogs cannot walk into the garden.

This garden is the oldest botanical garden in Japan. It was established in 1684, the Samurai-period, as the medicinal herb garden of Bakufu (the government of Shogun: http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shogun ).
In 1877, when the University of Tokyo was established, this garden became a research institute of the Univesity.

There is a beautiful old building at the west end of the garden. You can see it from the outside of the wall. This is the "Tokyo Medical School" main building.The Tokyo Medical School was the origin of the University of Tokyo, faculty of medicine. This building was built at Hongoh-area (the campus of the University of Tokyo) in 1875, and relocated to this garden in 1969. This building is open even now as a small museum,,, dogs cannot walk in anyway!

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Blogger kazu said...

Hi! This is Kazu. I remember having
visited Koishikawa many times to
remember the name of trees. I had
to memorize at leat 200 species
because my mejor was forestry.
I hope to visit there again!

21/9/05 08:47  
Blogger kazu said...

Koishikawa was the place where
Dr. Red-beard (Akahahige) opened
a clinic in Edo era and treated
poor and unhappy patients, wan't
it? This was made into a very
famous Kurosawa movie in which
singer Yuzo Kayama played one of
the major roles in this film.
Was the clinic inside the botanical
garden area or just near by?

21/9/05 22:27  
Blogger Shige_d said...

Thank you for coming, Kazu. I heard that the ruin of that clinic is inside of the garden. The Bakufu established this clinic for poverty patients as recommended by Dr.Shosen Ogawa. I haven't seen the movie "Akahige" but I imagine that the model of Akahige must be Dr. Shosen Ogawa.

24/9/05 02:23  

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