Research

Ueno-Hongo area is extraordinary for its rich geographical and historical characteristics from Edo period, accumulation of knowledge since modernization of Japan, and remarkable concentration of diverse museums which is very rare within the country. This area with Shinobazu pond in the center boasts tremendous cultural resources, some visible and some hidden. Our project introduces and visualizes these resources through research.

Shinobazu then and now: the Shinobu River and Mihashi bridge...

Until the Taisho Period (1912-1925), three bridges over the Shinobu River, which flowed out of Shinobazu Pond, marked the entrance for visitors from Ueno Hirokoji into to the forest of Ueno Park. Visi...

2016-10-13 (木)

Shinobazu, then and now: Bentendo in visual media (3)—Tenryu...

The final installment of this article series on the gates of Benten Island will introduce how Benten Island and Tenryumon Gate was visually represented amid the attention of major exhibitions. Tenr...

2016-09-06 (火)

Shinobazu, then and now: Bentendo in visual media (2)—the lo...

Continuing from the previous article on Bentendo's torii gate, this post will introduce the Tenryumon Gate that once stood at the entrance to Bentendo in the center of Shinobazu Pond. Bentendo’s to...

2016-08-22 (月)

Shinobazu, then and now: Bentendo in visual media (1)—the va...

Numerous places around Shinobazu Pond have disappeared in the flow of history. A previous article discussed the horse racing track that encircled the pond, and this article will draw on visual sources...

2016-08-13 (土)

Tracing the origin of museums in Japan, Yushima Shrine, thro...

Yushima Seido occupies a significant place in Japanese history, marking the geographic birthplace of modern education and universities (including the University of Tokyo, Ochanomizu University and Tsu...

2016-04-23 (土)

The Shinobazu area seen from the activities of a Chinese sch...

The Shinobazu area has played host to the vibrant activities of intellectuals throughout history. One early example is a Chinese scholar, Shu Shunsui (Zhu Shunshui)(1600-1682), who lived on the premis...

2016-04-23 (土)

Tracing the origin of connections between the Ueno and Hongo...

Following the previous article, this time we try to trace the origin of Ueno-Hongo area coordination from the archaeological excavation activities by scholars and researchers from the University of To...

2015-09-21 (月)

Tracing the origins of connections between the Ueno and Hong...

This article focuses on the planning of the Designated Zone for Education (Bunkyo chiku) by a group of architects from the University of Tokyo who offered the earliest attempt to link the two areas of...

2015-09-16 (水)

“Shinobazu, Now and Then” Ueno Shinobazu Pond Horse Racing T...

Shinobazu Pond now takes an elliptical shape (Figure 1); however, this is not its original shape. At the beginning of the Meiji period the Aizome River emptied into the north side of the pond and it w...

2015-08-11 (火)

Ishikawa Hideaki and his vision of activity centers (Sakarib...

This article focuses on the visions of development of Ueno and Hongo, depicted in the Land Readjustment for War-damage Reconstruction in Tokyo. A large part of the plan was not realized for lack of fu...

2015-08-11 (火)
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