Koizumi Yakumo Commemorative Park


Author: Richard Perkins

Photos/Videos Taken: 2021/04/21

Address: 1-7 Okubo, Shinjuku-ku,

Tokyo,【169-0072】



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. Koizumi Yakumo passed away in Japan, in the Shinjuku ward of Tokyo in an area known as Ōkubo.

In the area where Koizumi Yakumo passed away a park known as the "Koizumi Yakumo Commemorative Park" has been built to commemorate his life, and to commemorate the Shinjuku ward and the city of Lefkada in Greece becoming sister cities.

Seeing as Koizumi Yakumo was born in Greece, everything in this park has been built as if it were Greek architecture. Everything from Greek-style columns, to a building that looks as if it may be from the Greek middle ages. Even though this park is in Shinjuku in the heart of Tokyo, you really do feel as if you’ve just landed in Greece.



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