the Diet and the Prime Minister’s Residence

Hi there! I keep walking around Tokyo again. The theme of this blog is to reach out the world with a message of Cool Japan, I want to dig up Japan and the reason why it’s so attractive deeper and deeper. And I took this opportunity to visit Nagata Cho where all the politics of Japan is under-controlled. It’s for sure that Nagata Cho is a center of Japan as a nation. First we visited the Prime Minister’s Official Residence. Can you see the bamboos in the picture? Bamboo is a symbol of Japan and and my friend who works at the Cabinet Office told me that in the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, there are 47 bamboos from all the 47 prefectures of Japan. They water them each morning to keep them grow healthy. Isn’t it an interesting trivia?


Just next to the Prime Minister’s Residence, there is an authentic Japanese restaurant named Kurosawa that is famous for pork cutlet.  The movie director of Akira Kurosawa loved this place so much. While we were having lunch, we heard Rakugo, Japanese Comic Story Telling from the next room. There was a guard standing so we couldn’t look inside. But there might have been a foreign VIP, I wondered. Ah, yes. That was COOL JAPAN!


I don’t have a picture here, but there is an old Prime Minister’s Residence next to the modern one. And I heard there still exist bullet holes of 2.26 case(Feb 26th, 1936) when the military coup was carried out. It was so shocking to know the historical fact of this country.


We walked around the district and went to the Diet.


In Japanese we call it as Diet, but some country call the place as Parliament or Congress. I don’t know the difference, but it’s pretty interesting. And the center of Japan all the political issues are decided was so quiet. It might be more appropriate to say that there was some kind of tranquility. I couldn’t believe it was in Tokyo, There were very few pedestrians and cars passing by.

日本の国会は英語ではDiet で、国によってはParliament  やCongress となって呼び分けているのも面白いと思います。国家の政(まつりごと)がなされているその中心部は、東京とは思えないほど人通りも車の数もまばらでした。案外、モノゴトの渦中とは驚くほど静かなのかも知れません。

It was drizzling and the rain got heavier so we stopped at the Constitutional Hall to take shelter from the downpour. There displayed many works of calligraphy of historic figures who devoted their life for politics. Sakamoto Ryoma’s work was there and I was so glad to see it.


Well, that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed reading this blog. Blessings to each one of you, see you soon!


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