Until the mid Taisho period, Momozonogawa was a stream that ran roughly 6.5km in a south-easterly direction from its source Amanumabentenike pond (north of Ogikubo station) up to the Kanda river at the boundary between Nakano-ku and Shinjuku-ku.
We drained the life out of Momozonogawa in exchange for modernization, polluting it with domestic wastewater and channelling it underground in the wake of the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
We want to create a story about the erstwhile stream that still lies underfoot, and with the impetus of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics we would also like to revive the Momozonogawa by creating a new waterside.
In the meantime local residents will create and stage an original theatrical piece themselves on the theme of the Momozonogawa.
【Momozonogawa stream revival project executive committee】
This organization, led by people with an interest in theater, culture and art and involving various figures spearheading urban development in the Suginami-ku and Koenji area, was formed with the aim of making the Momozonogawa flow again. The current plan is to involve local residents in the staging of a Momozonogawa-themed play, in order to raise community interest and awareness.
Momozonogawa stream revival project executive committee
2-25-7 Koenji-Kita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo
ZA-KOENJI Public Theatre (Suginami City, Tokyo)