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JR Ryogoku Station platform for the Sobu Line.
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Kokugikan sumo stadium as seen from Ryogoku Station. More Kokugikan photos here.
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JR Ryogoku Station 両国駅
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JR Ryogoku Station. This part of the station building is now a beer hall. The train station entrance has moved to the right of this.
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Old entrance to Ryogoku Station with a high ceiling and giant portraits of sumo wrestlers.
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Present entrance to Ryogoku Station (during spring festival).
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Ryogoku Station exit. Only one sumo portait hangs here.
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Map of Ryogoku. The Kokugikan sumo arena is north of the station, as well as the Edo-Tokyo Museum.
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Edo-Tokyo Museum
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Yokozuna statue
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Shop selling sumo goods.
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Tatsunami-beya sumo stable.
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Gate to Eko-in temple where early sumo tournaments were held. The temple was originally built in 1657 for the repose of over 100,000 people who died in the Great Fire of Meireki (Furisode Fire). 回向院
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Sumo monument in Eko-in temple. Sumo was first held here in 1768. 力塚
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Sumo monument in Ekoin temple. Sumo matches were held here regularly from 1833 to 1909 when the Kokugikan sumo stadium was built.
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Memorials for those who died in maritime disasters.
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The temple has many other memorials and monuments.
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Cemetary
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The temple itself looks so modern and ordinary that it does not look like a temple.
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Pet memorial, Eko-in
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Pet memorial, Eko-in temple.
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Site of Lord Kira's Estate or Honjo Matsuzaka-cho Park. Lord Kira was the villain in the famous Chushingura vendetta. 吉良邸跡・本所松坂町公園
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This little park was purchased in 1934 by locals and donated to Tokyo to mark the site of Kira's estate. Free admission.
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Marker for the Ako retainers' avenging their Lord who was forced to commit seppuku when he attacked Lord Kira at Edo Castle.
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Inside the park is an Inari Shrine.
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Matsuzaka Inari Shrine. On the right is a small, roofed stone monument engraved with the names of 20 of Kira's samurai who died during the attack. The stone monument was built by a local shopkeeper.
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The shaded part of the map shows the area of the original estate and the black square shows the area of this park. It was a huge estate.
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The walls inside have panels such as this one. Painting depicting Lord Asano's attack on Lord Kira at Edo Castle.
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Painting depicting the retainers proceeding to Ryogoku to get Kira's head.
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Sumo Photo Museum 相撲写真資料館
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Next to a portrait studio is a small garage with sumo photos on the walls.
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Inside Sumo Photo Museum
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Sumo Photo Museum
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Old postcard showing Ryogoku Bridge over Sumida River and the old Kokugikan in the distance.
     
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