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Minato City Sample Sightseeing Guide

Get on Chibus and find street art! Part 2Get off Chibus and view Public Art (Part2)

Other Monuments

There are many other public works in Minato-ku. Even though they are not on the Chibus route, we will introduce them here.

Shiodome Caretta Plaza “Turtle Fountain”

A “Turtle Fountain” by the New-York-based Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang stands in the Caretta Plaza public space, a popular spot in the second basement of the Shiodome Shiosite.

This huge work in the image of a turtle shell, illustrates our bond with nature by bringing natural stone into the middle of the city and placing it based on feng shui.

On weekends, every hour on the hour between 10 AM and 10 PM, the fountain is activated for a 20-minute period, shooting a mist of water into the air from the huge turtle shell. The water forms various shapes to the dynamic sound of the fountain. Oh?and did you know that Caretta is the scientific name for sea turtle?

Caretta Plaza

 

Information
Fountain: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 10:00 AM to 10 PM, on the hour(9 times on Friday and 10 times on Saturdays and Sundays)
※Cancelled according to weather or events
Address: Caretta Plaza (Caretta Shiodome B2)
Public transport: 1-minute walk from Shiodome Station on the Oedo and Yurikamome Lines; 4-5-minute walk from Shimbashi Station on the Asakusa, Ginza, and JR Lines
Inquiries: Caretta Shiodome (1-8-2 Higashi Shimbashi; Minato-ku)
http://www.caretta.jp/

Two statues of young boys in Arisugawa Memorial Park

Arisugawa Memorial Park is a popular oasis in Minato-ku. It stretches over an area about 1.5 times that of Tokyo Dome stadium and, with its grand garden, was once the site of the Nambu Clan’s second villa. It was also the residence of Prince Arisugawa until the beginning of the Showa era (1925). It was later donated to the Metropolis of Tokyo City and transferred to Minato-ku in 1975.

Within the park stands a bronze statue of Prince Arisugawa on horseback done by Ujihiro Okuma, called the pioneer of western sculpture, and two statues of young men: “I am a paperboy” by Kyoko Asakura and “Fuefukishonen (Boy playing a flute)” by Yasutake Funakoshi.

Please look for other public works of art in this park where you can enjoy the natural surroundings of streams and trees amid the calls of birds and sounds of the stream. You can also enjoy bird watching in the park.

I am a paperboy
Fuefukishonen (Boy playing a flute)
Prince Arisugawa

 

Address: 5-7-29, Minami-azabu, Minato-ku
Public transport: 5-minute walk from Hibiya Line Hiroo Station

Mascot of JR Hamamatsucho Station “Manneken Pis”

Mascot of JR Hamamatsucho Station “Manneken Pis”

At JR Hamamatsucho Station, Platforms 3 and 4 at the end nearest to Tamachi Station, “Manneken Pis” keeps on peeing. This statue is considered the station’s mascot; it soothes the hearts of commuters during the morning and evening rush hours and is loved by children. The secret of its popularity is the cute clothes that are changed every month?from beachwear to happi coats and red Santa suits?the boy’s outfits match the changing seasons.

Manneken Pis was donated by Hikaru Kobayashi in 1952 to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the first railway. At first the statue was made of white bone china, but in 1968 it was reborn as the bronze we see today.

In 1968 the Shiba Fire Department made a request to dress Manneken Pis as part of their fire-prevention campaign, and since then his clothes have been changed on the 26th of each month. His wardrobe is handmade by members of the Minato City volunteer group Ajisai.

Manneken Pis
Manneken Pis

 

Address: JR Hamamatsucho Station, Platforms 3 and 4 (nearest to Tamachi Station)