Kiba Station is an underground subway station on the Tokyo Metro Tozai Line in the Kiba district of Koto Ward of Tokyo. It was Tokyo Metro's first station that was built by shield tunneling, a protective way of excavating tunnels where soil is too soft. The soil of Kiba is soft and fluid as the area is located on the waterfront of Tokyo Bay and is bounded by Sumida River. Much of the land is reclaimed.

Kiba literally means ‘wood place'. The area was named Kiba during the Edo period as it was here that timber was brought into Tokyo. In 1977 the place was designated as parkland by Emperor Hirohito to commemorate 50 years of his reign, but it wasn't until 1992 that a park was actually developed here. This park is known as Kiba Park and is located 2 minutes on foot from Kiba Station.


Kiba Park


Kiba Park is a large 24 hectare park. It is divided into 2 blocks – north and south – by the Sendai-bori River. The southern part is a large span of greenery with a flower garden, a cycling and an athletics track, and a barbeque area that needs prior reservation for use. This section of the park is always full of picnickers, joggers, strollers, and children playing baseball or just running around. Towards the east end is a concrete suspension bridge that leads to a small playground for children with swimming and splashing facilities.


This southern section of Kiba Park is also home to some of the most popular festivals of Tokyo. Every first Sunday of October, Kiba no Kakunori , an exhibition and display of traditional lumber workers' skills, is held. On every third weekend of October, Koto Kumin Matsuri (Koto Ward Residents' Festival) is held. This is a festival of and for the residents of Koto Ward. On Saturday a bazaar and sports contests are held, and on Sunday, there is a parade in the middle of the park and a contest for the title of chikaramochi (or "strongman"). This contest is in honor of the dock workers of yesteryears.


In the northern part of the park, there are six tennis courts and an open sports/events section. In the northern-most end is the Museum of Contemporary Art.


Museum of Contemporary Art


The Museum of Contemporary Art is situated at the north end of Kiba Park. Opened in 1995, this contemporary art museum houses some of the best collections of post-war Japanese art. The building, designed by architect Takahiko Yanagisawa in a mixed style of modernist, neo-classical and post-modern styles, is a piece of art in itself. It is made of gray marble, steel and glass, and has long well-lit airy galleries. It covers a floor area of 24,000 m?, which includes separate galleries for permanent and temporary exhibits, a library with over 65,000 volumes, conference rooms, restaurants, a museum shop, an observation deck, and public areas.


The museum has about 4,000 works (of both Japanese and non-Japanese artists) in its permanent collection, of which 100 to 150 are displayed at a time, and then changed every three months. Besides exhibiting works of art, one of the other objectives of the museum is to collect and preserve contemporary works of art. Entrance fee is ¥ 500 per adult and ¥ 250 for students for the permanent exhibit galleries, and ¥ 800-1000 for the temporary exhibit galleries; but the viewers of the temporary exhibits are charged half of regular fees for the permanent exhibits.


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