Thursday, May 26, 2011

Sightseeing Renewal

The end of the hit NHK TV series Ryomaden also marked the end of the “Deaihaku” pavilion near the south entrance of Kochi Station. This pavilion, together with three other satellite pavilions attracted over 920 thousand visitors last year! Kochi is not letting the fine wooden construction go to waste and is currently renovating the pavilion to make a comeback on July 9 with new displays and new name “Ryoma Furusato Haku.” The main attraction will be a life-sized replica of Ryoma Sakamoto’s house used in the filming of Ryomaden. Souvenir shop and travel information center “Tosa Terrace” next door has already opened again since February 5. Have a look some time!

Newly renovated and now with English captions for all displays, the Takechi Zuizan Memorial Museum in Niida, Kochi City, has been re-opened to the public on March 17. The fascinating history of Takechi Hanpeita (art-name Zuizan) as a master swordsman, imperial loyalist, distinguished artist and poet, and tragic hero, is narrated along with drawings and photographs. Some of his exquisite artwork and poetry is also on display. Hanpeita’s old house and grave, as well as the Zuizan Shrine are also located nearby. Entry is free, but a 100 yen donation is requested. From Harimaya Bridge, get on the Parktown bus line towards Maehama. The museum is a 3 minute walk from the “Zuizan Jinja-mae” stop.

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