Author: Richard Perkins
Photos/Videos Taken: 2021/02/17
Address: 7 Tomihisacho, Shinjuku-ku,
Koizumi Yakumo was a man of Greek origin who came to Japan when he was 40 years old. Living in the Meiji era (1868-1912), he moved around Japan living in several prefectures while writing books about his experiences in Japan and his thoughts on the country. The books that Koizumi Yakumo wrote about Japan still have a big impact on others who research and study Japan nowadays. One of the many houses that Koizumi Yakumo lived in was in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo. Unfortunately, that house no longer exists. Where the house once stood is now "Seijō Gakuen", a middle school and high school.
Outside of Seijō Gakuen is a small sign with an explanation of how Koizumi Yakumo ended up living there. There is also an explanation about some of what he enjoyed in the area, such as Jishōin, a Buddhist temple.
Inside Seijō Gakuen itself is the 舊居跡 (kyū kyo ato), or a monument to the remains of the former residence. This is most likely the exact spot in which Koizumi Yakoumo’s former house stood. Unfortunately, no one other than students or faculty at this school can enter the grounds, so you aren’t able to get up close to this monument.