Kawagoe is a city in Saitama Prefecture, Japan, and is about a 45 minutes
train ride from Shinjuku or Ikebukuro,
Tokyo. Some of its streets preserve the old castle town of the Edo period
(17th to 19th centuries). Prominent sites
in Kawagoe include the bell tower as seen in the picture to the right.
The bell tower serves as the symbol for
Koedo and rings three times a day.
(L) The bell tower in the center of streets of Koedo-Kawagoe (R) A welcome
sign bord in front of the Hon-Kawagoe station.
Sebu Railway is campaigning a new convenient express ticket for a round-trip to Hon-Kawagoe station, which has an easy access
to the old town. The express train, Koedo, leaves Seibu-Sjinjuku at 30
to 60 minute-intervals.
(L) A tourist information desk at Hon-Kawagoe station. (R) Salem, Oregon,
USA and Kawagoe cities are the Sister Cities.
(L) A dental office in a classic architecture (R) Tamaya: An accessory
A private house: Many houses before the World War$B-6(B was like this.(R) Kurazukuri-Honpo:
A Japanese confectionery shop
A Folklore Museum
Yamawa: A well-known pottery sales shop
An old town with the bell tower in Kawagoe
Pharmacy of Meiji-Taisho Era:
'Maitukigan' is the herbal medicine that is effective for therapy of amenorrhea
( no menstruation ),
menstrual irregularity and dysmenorrhea,
'Kennougan' is the herbal medicine for constipation, which may bring a
clearness of the head.
These drugs are absolutely not available at present time.
Many tourists in the old town of Kawagoe
Kameya-Eisen: A potato candy shop
(L) A foreign tourist is taking a walk wearing with Japanese traditional
(R) Buddhist temple: A mark seen in the front of temple means ' Love and
mercy' of the Buddha to save people.
In contrast, Hakenkreuz, the symbol of Naze is inclined at 45 degrees.
A Warehouse Museum in Kawagoe: An admission ticket is 100 Yen.
(L) This exhibit shows a tobacco label in the Meiji Era, and a portable
ashtray used since the Edo period.
(R)This is a tobacco manufacturing ledger and firm staff in Meiji Era.
The prices of cigarettes in Meiji Era
(L) A manufactured tobacco is carried by this cart.(R) A warehouse of tobacco
in Meiji Era
Manufacture and sale of tobacco have been carried on in the private sector,
until 1876, when the Government
first enforced a tobacco control. The plus-sales tax was collected in the
form of a tax stamp that was attached
to each tobacco product. Enacted in1898, to aim to increase tax revenue,
the sate purchased the raw
materials of leaf tobacco. After the tobacco-monopoly-law came into effect
in July 1904, the government
handled all managements, including production and sales of tobacco under
the control of the country.
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This information was provided by the Smokefree Hotel and Travel.
The article was written and photography was taken in October 2014,
by Junhaku Miyamoto, M.D., PhD.