Tabata Station is a train station located in the Tabata area of Kita Ward of Tokyo. The station, which consists of two island platforms, is served by the JR East Yamanote and Keihin-Tohoku Lines. The two tracks on the inside of the platforms serve the Yamanote Line, and the two tracks on the outside serve Keihin-Tohoku Line.


During the Meiji period, Tabata was a quiet country village. In 1889, after the opening of the Tokyo School of Fine Arts (now the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music) in Ueno, young artists from across the country started moving in, and soon there were quite a few of them. At about the same time, well-known writers also started making Tabata their home, and with them came young aspiring writers. Tabata was now an area of artists and writers, and soon became known as the Tabata Writers and Artists Village . The Village flourished, especially between the Taisho and Showa eras, and remained an artistic hot spot till 1927.


In 1927, the decline of Tabata as an artistic community began with the death of Akutagawa. Akutagawa, a famous artist known in the community as the “king of Tabata”, committed suicide at the young age of 35. After his death artists and writers slowly started moving out, and whatever was left of Tabata was destroyed during the World War II air raids. All artistic traits of the place disappeared.


Today Tabata is a redeveloped place with modern buildings, houses, and shops lining the streets. A museum has also been built in the area to commemorate the works of the writers and artists who once lived in Tabata and made the area famous.


Tabata Memorial Museum of Writers and Artists


The Tabata Memorial Museum of Writers and Artists preserves and displays around 3000 cultural items by (and related to) the former writers and artists who lived in the area. These items include precious pottery and paintings by the artists, and the writers' original drafts and letters. Around 150 of these are displayed at a time in rotation.


The museum is a two-minute walk from Tabata Station. It is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day except Mondays. Admission is free.

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