BLOGWalking2021.11.26

What used to happen here?

November 27 marks the anniversary of the establishment of the Nobel Prize.

The Nobel Prize is derived from the well-known Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel.

Nobel wrote a suicide note saying that he wanted to give the wealth he gained from his invention to those who contributed to humanity.

The date is said to be November 27, 1895.

The first Nobel Prize award ceremony was held on November 27, 1901.

The award ceremony is currently held on December 10, the anniversary of Nobel's death.

Kyoto University has produced the largest number of Nobel Prize winners among Japanese universities.

Of the 26 Japanese winners, 8 are from Kyoto University.

Dr. Hideki Yukawa, the first Japanese Nobel Prize winner, is also a graduate of the university.

He is also known as a professor emeritus at Kyoto University and Osaka University, and is an honorary citizen of Kyoto City.

There is a stone monument showing Yukawa's fable in Shimotonodan-cho on the east side of Doshisha University Imadegawa Campus.

Dr. Yukawa, who was 2 years old at that time, lived with his family for about a year at the Engakuji Temple.

It is said that Takamori SAIGO, a vassal of Satsuma Shimazu, had his residence in this area at the end of the Tokugawa period.

It is interesting that it is a place where two people who represent Japan lived, although the times and fields are different.

In addition, on the street where this stone monument stands, there is a manhole made in 1916, which is said to be the oldest in Kyoto.

Along with a stone monument showing proof of living here, the trail of people beyond the time seems to be transmitted.

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Actually, there is a third face on the stone monument of "湯川秀樹一家寓居跡 (Yukawa Hideki family's fable site)" and "此付近 西郷隆盛邸跡 (Saigo Takamori residence site near here)".

It is "従是西北 相国寺七重塔 (The ruins of the seven-storied pagoda of Seihoku Shokoku-ji Temple)".

A large pagoda that is said to be about 109 meters high that Yoshimitsu ASHIKAGA built southeast of Shokoku-ji Temple for his father's memorial service.

It was completed in 1399, but was destroyed by lightning only 4 years later.

Although the second statue was rebuilt, it was destroyed by lightning while it was interrupted by Yoshimitsu's death.

Later, the third generation was rebuilt by Yoshimochi ASHIKAGA, but it was burned down by the third lightning strike in 1470.

The fourth was not rebuilt and became a phantom Nanaju-no-tou (seven-storied pagoda).

The town names of "Kami-tounodan-cho" and "Shimo-tounodan-cho" in the surrounding area tell of the existence of the seven-storied pagoda.

If you walk while paying attention to the stone monuments and town names on the roadside, it will be more fun to walk around town.


Remains of Yukawa Hideki's family's fable
Shimo-tounodan-cho, Kamigyo-ku Ward, Kyoto City (east of Doshisha University Imadegawa Campus)
5 minutes walk to the west from Keihan Demachiyanagi Statio

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