Nakano is a city full of knowledge and culture
with a mine of subculture
Nakano has Japanese popular Tsukemen and Ramen shops, otaku cultures like comics, anime and figures, leading-edge urban functions as represented by Nakano Shiki-no-machi, a cultural park designated as place of scenery by Tokyo, and a symbolic hall. You can enjoy various attractions of Tokyo just by visiting Nakano.
”Nakano Broadway Shopping District,”
the Mecca of Subculture like comics, games and figures
It is located at north exit of Nakano station, straight ahead through the Nakano Sun Mall shopping street. It was opened in 1966 as the biggest shopping mall in the East. The number of subculture shops such as comics and figures, has increased since around 1980s, and the place is now drawing attention as a base for spreading otaku culture. In addition to shops selling used books/comics/games, figures, anime celluloid art or dressing-up costumes, those selling a wide variety of other subculture goods like old signboards, mini-cars or giveaway toys cluster together. Since rare figures item shops gather in this district and there are items that are only available here, this place is also called the “Mecca of Subculture,” attracting a number of tourists and figures shopper even from abroad every year.
Nakano Sun Plaza
This is a multifunctional facility that contains a hotel, a chapel, a concert hall, a large-scale event hall, a culture center, sports facilities (tennis court, fitness club, pool and bowling lanes) and restaurants. In particular, the concert hall is among the top 100 best halls selected by musicians, and a number of artists perform a concert there. In recent years, the hall is often used by popular idol groups and anime voice actors to hold a concert, so the place is also known as the “Mecca of Idol.” Pursued by younger idols and anime voice actors to hold a concert, this place has gained renown as a symbol of Nakano.
Tetsugakudo is a park designated as a place of scenery by Tokyo. The park was founded by philosopher Dr. Enryo Inoue (1858-1919) in 1906 under the theme of philosophy. The park contains various old structures, including “Shiseido” (Hall of Four Sages) which enshrines Confucius, Buddha, Socrates and Kant, and “Rokukendai” (Hall of Six Sages) which is dedicated to Prince Shotoku, Sugawara no Michizane, Zhuangzi, Zhu Xi, Nagarjuna and Kapila. Inoue himself considered this place as a park for spiritual training, and legend has it that he called it the Philosophy Temple of Ethic, the head of a Philosophy sect. This was based on his pet theory that Buddhism must be revitalized in order to maintain the Eastern civilization as well as the independence of Japan. Tetsugakudo park is the ideological legacy of Inoue and also a cultural legacy that tells us about the East and Japan of his time.
This redevelopment area was completed in 2013 after National Police Academy at Nakano 4-chome. This is an inspiring urban space composed of leading-edge city functions, including office buildings, college campuses and a hospital, park and disaster-preventing leafy open spaces. Sitting at the center is Nakano Shikinomori Park, which is one of the biggest disaster-prevention parks in Nakano. There are grassy open spaces for public use, and the surrounding garden path is a popular jogging course among a wide variety of people ranging from workers in nearby office buildings to college students. In summer, a wading pool opens and you can hear the voices of children. Events like “KiSoTenGai: Nakano Nigiwai Festa” attract a lot of people.
(A type of Ramen which is eaten after dipping in a separate bowl of soup)
Tsukemen is a Japanese noodle dish consisting of Ramen which is eaten after dipping in a separate bowl of soup. It is originated with a Ramen shop in Nakano in around 1955, when an employee ate cold noodle provided as a board meal after dipping in a bowl of hot soup. After it was put on the menu to accommodate a customer’s request, this Ramen became a popular dish and spread throughout the country. In these days, each shop is creative with their Tsukemen. For example, a Tsukemen shop may serve unique chewy and thick noodle with special soy sauce-based broth made with meat and fish topped with menma, a slice of roast pork, naruto, finely-chopped raw cibol, seasoned soft-boiled egg, etc. In Nakano, the birthplace of Tsukemen, many Ramen shops compete for the best taste with their creative Tsukemen dishes. This makes Nakano also known as a “Ramen Battleground.” Please find your favorite taste.
This is a tower built in the water supply station for Aratama Water in Nakano Mizunotou Park. Aratama Water was co-founded by 13 towns or villages in order to satisfy the demand for water resulted from the rapid urbanization of neighboring towns and villages of Tokyo. This is a 33.5-meter-high reinforced concrete structure with a base of around 18 meters in diameter. It was designed by Dr. Eiji Nakajima, who was called the “Father of Modern Water Supply.” It had been completed in 1929 and was in operation until 1966. There once had been a plan to dismantle it, but was used until 2005 as a disaster water storage tank and now it is carefully-preserved as a nationally-registered cultural property. The dome roof makes a characteristic landscape, attracting popularity as a landmark structure in the area. This is a symbol of neighboring town of Tokyo.
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