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Sumida City Research Tour Vol.3: Getting to Know Yahiro and Higashi Sumida

  • Art Project

On Saturday, March 12, we will hold events including live concerts, symposiums, and workshops at places that we discovered though our research, to serve as a report on our findings. Through Vol.1 “Sumida City through the Prism of Disaster Preparedness” and Vol.2 “Effective Use of Vacant Lots and Warehouses,” we have discovered numerous local resources with particularly great potential in the Higashi Sumida area, where the postwar history of Sumida City is still very much in evidence. Accordingly, we plan to hold the March events in the Higashi Sumida area.

In Vol.3 “Getting to Know Yahiro and Higashi Sumida,” we will explore the Higashi Sumida area – including Yahiro, which we visited in Vol.2 – in even greater depth, ahead of our events in March. As well as visiting back streets and vacant lots that we were unable to research in Vol.2, we will explore the neighborhood in greater depth, visiting eateries and stores unique to this area. We hope that those with an interest in the use of vacant land, those with an interest in events in Sumida City, and those with an interest in local research will come and join us. In addition, we will set aside time for participants to conduct their own research freely, map in hand, so that we can gather a variety of views concerning what kind of events we could hold in March, as well as what kind of events people want to hold.

Last time, in Vol.2, our tour focused on the effective use of vacant lots and warehouses. We inspected vacant factories dotted around the Yahiro area, along the Keisei Oshiage Line, and learned about the history of Higashi Sumida’s leather tanning industry.
The tour log that we compiled for Vol.2 can be found here. Do take a look!




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Meeting point

In front of the ticket gate of Keisei Oshiage Line Yahiro Station

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)