Sugamo Station is
located on the Toei Mita
Line in the western part of the
neighborhood of Sugamo in the Toshima
Ward of Tokyo .
best known for Jizo-dori, the shopping
street for the older generation,
or “Harajuku for Grannies” as it
is popularly called, Sugamo also
has some other places of interest.
4 minutes on foot from Nishi Sugamo
Station is Myogyoji Temple . Myogyoji
Temple , a Hokke sect Buddhist temple,
was transferred to its present location
in Nishi Sugamo from the town of
Iga of Yotsuya Ward in 1909. The
temple is best known for being the
location of the grave of Oiwa-sama.
was a woman who long ago lived in
Yotsuya with her husband Iemon.
One day a rich lady fell in love
with Iemon and won over his heart
with her money. To get rid of his
wife, Iemon ordered his servant
to put a little of a medicine in
Oiwa's food everyday. This medicine
gradually weakened Oiwa. Her hair
began to fall and the right part
of her face became deformed. People
around her began to treat her badly.
Her condition deteriorated till
she finally died in 1636. Strange
things began happening after her
death and soon all the people who
mistreated her also died.
grave is located in Myogyoji Temple
's graveyard under a large tree
near the red torii (gate).
Yondaime, a famous playwright, is
credited with making Oiwa's story
famous by writing a kabuki play
on it. Whenever the play is performed,
the actors make it a point to visit
Oiwa's grave. It is said that a
wish made here always comes true.
Sugamo Arts Factory
Sugamo Arts Factory was established
in August 2004 by NPO Arts Network
Japan and NPO ASIAS (Artist's Studio
In A School) as a part of “Toshima-ku
Promotion of Culture and Art Creation”.
Located just 1
minute walk from Exit A2 of Nishi
Sugamo Station, it is actually a
disused school building and its
gym that is being used as a rehearsal
facility by the theater community
of Tokyo . Theater and dance companies
of Japan generally suffer from shortage
of rehearsal space and the Nishi
Sugamo Arts Factory is just one
of the solutions to the problem.
Other than providing rehearsing
space, the school gymnasium is also
used for theater performances and
play reading events for the local
residents. The Summer Arts Festival
and the Tokyo International Arts
Festival are also held every year.
Soon a Children's Museum will also
open here, which will provide children
with an opportunity to see and experience
theater art closely.
University is a Buddhist university
established in 1926 by merging four
religious educational institutions
– the Religious
University (Jodo denomination),
Tendaishu University (Tendai denomination),
Buzan University (Shingon denomination),
and Chisan College (Shingon denomination).
In 1949, Taisho University was given
official recognition by law. The
Graduate School of Advanced
Literary Studies was established
in 1951 and in 1956, the doctoral
program was started. Today, the
University has two faculties offering
undergraduate courses – Faculty
of Human Studies (with 4 Departments:
Buddhist Studies, Social Welfare,
Clinical Psychology, and Human Science),
and Faculty of Literature (with
2 Departments: Language and Culture,
and History and Culture). The Graduate
School offers advanced studies in
Buddhist Studies, Social Welfare,
Clinical Psychology, Human Science,
Religion, History, Japanese Literature,
and Comparative Culture. Two institutes
are also attached to the University
Institute for Comprehensive Studies
of Buddhism, and Research Institute
is located a 2 minute walk from Nishi
Sugamo Station. Another campus is
located in Saitama.