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Sumida City Research Tour Vol.1: Sumida City through the Prism of Disaster Preparedness

  • Art Project

The ultimate goal of BLOOMING EAST is that every space in the district should become a stage, where a multiplicity of sounds resonate and innumerable people gather. To create such places, this project aims to conduct research from diverse viewpoints to uncover unknown spaces and build networks of people and places, to ensure that these spaces are openly accessible to everyone.
Research is about to get underway in Sumida City, the first area targeted by BLOOMING EAST!
Dividing the city into themed areas, we will hold three tours between now and next January.
We want members of the BLOOMING EAST team to discover new charm in the neighborhoods, streets, and lanes of each area while actually walking around it, led by a guide with in-depth knowledge of the areas concerned.

In Vol.1, we will take a tour of the neighborhood to look at it from the perspective of disaster preparedness – a particularly important topic these days – led by a guide familiar with disaster preparedness in Sumida City. We will tour the southern area, which was burned to the ground in air raids during World War II; the northern area, which suffered no damage; and the Shirahige apartment complex, which is designed to serve as one of the first firebreaks to protect the designated evacuation zone. During this tour, we will learn about the differing consciousness of disaster preparedness in each area. We hope that those with an interest in the history of Sumida, those with an interest in local research, and those with an interest in disaster preparedness will come and join us to research this district.




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Meeting point

Tobu Isesaki Line Kanegafuchi Station (東武伊勢崎線)改札

How to reserve

Please reserve via this form

We will send an e-mail to confirm your place on the tour within 3 days of your application.
If you have not received an e-mail after 3 days, please contact

*On the day of the tour, please come dressed in clothing and footwear suitable for walking.
*Any costs involved in purchasing food and drink or transport expenses (we will use public transport) are to be borne by the participant.
*The tour will still take place if it is raining; it will only be canceled in the event of severe weather. If the tour is canceled, we will notify participants by 10:00 on the morning of the tour, via an e-mail to the address with which they registered.


Topping East office
TEL: 080-9671-7507(11:00-18:00)


Sumida-ku area


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Topping East (NPO)