A Walk on the Places Described by Kafu Nagai
Soon after the WWII had ended, Kafu Nagai
moved to Sugano in Ichikawa city
in January 1946, and he described some landmarks around Yawata and Nakayama area in the city several times in his diary named Danchotei Nichijo. Kafu visited Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple, Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine, Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine, Kaguraden Hall, Yawata no Yabushirazu Shrine, Mamasan Guhoji Temple, and Myogyoji Temple and he specifically wrote them. Shirahata Tenjinsha Shrine near his house and Nakayama Hokekyoji Temple were especially described in many pages, Kafu might visited them several times. And also he visited other places in the city. For example, Kafu wrote in his diary that he left his umbrella in Shimousa Nakayama Station, and some old people talked that they saw him walking along Mamagawa River with his umbrella.
On this page, some wonderful noted spots where Kafu Nagai described in his diary called Danchotei Nichijo would be introduced. It is very good for you to visit them in each part, Mama, Yawata, Nakayama and Baraki. You could see excitingly beautiful seasonal sights when you visit them.
Why don't you visit the places described on the diary called Danchotei
Nichijo written by Kafu Nagai?
Kafu Nagai （1879～1952）
Kafu Nagai was a novelist born in Tokyo and died at Icikawa city. His name was Sokichi, another pseudonym was the owner of Danchotei, therefore his diary entitled 'Danchotei Nichijo'.
He dropped out Tokyo-Kosho Huzoku-Gakko (the Hitotsubashi University and Tokyo University Of Foreign Study), and he studied under Ryuro Hirotsu. He had got influenced by the French novelist Emile Zola, he published 'Jigoku-no-hana' (1902; the flowers in hell) to attempt introducing Zola-ism to Japan.
Kafu went to the United States in 1903, then went to France 1908. After he was back, he won fame by his work 'America Monogatari' (1908; the story of America). Next, he issued 'France Monogatari' (1909; the story of France), 'Fukagawa-no-uta' (the songs of Fukagawa), 'Sumida-gawa' (Sumida river), 'Reisho' (smiling with cold feelings). He played the important role of the anti-naturalism with his unique critics and his esthetic epicurean style of writing. He hated the mere shell of the culture at Tokyo, and 'Taigyaku-jiken' (1910-11) gave him shocked, so he emphasized to turn back to the Edo culture; he wrote 'Udekurabe' (1916-17; the competition) that he drew the life in Karyukai (the world of Geisha), and 'Okame-sasa' (1918). His works 'Tsuki-no-ato-saki' (1931) showed his special to describe the life in common.
During the world war second, he had not worked, but he wrote some stories of 'Fuchin' (rise and fall), 'Odoriko' (the dancer), 'Kunsho' (the decoration) and 'Raihousha' (the visitor) secretly, and he published them. 'Danchotei Nichijo' his diary he wrote since 1942 also published.
Kafu moved to Ichikawa city in 1946. He was awarded Bunka Kunsho (the order of culture) in 1952.
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The Noted Places on the Diary Written by Nagai Kafu
Kafu Nagai visited it and wrote it on his diary several times.
Kafu Nagai visited it in May 8th and 9th 1946 and wrote it.
Kafu visited it in December 4th of 1946.
Kafu visited it in May 9th, 1946.
Kafu visited it in November 30th of 1946 and saw the sculptures on the
Kafu visited this famous shrine in May 8th of 1946 and wrote it on his
Kafu wrote a tanka poem at this temple in spring.
A stone tablet inscribed with a sentence from his diary.
The shrine standing on the cliff having some cherry blossoms along its
Tekona is a legendary beauty appeared on Manyoshu and many poets wrote
her in their works.
Hakushu Kitahara once lived and the temple has a famouse well named 'Mama
no I' in its site.
This temple standing on the remains of Shimousa Kokubunji Temple built
in Nara period.
Kafu wrote of this old house in March 18th of 1946 in his diary.
Kafu wrote of it in September 12th of 1946 in his diary.
Kafu sometimes walked along the river with his umbrella.
Kafu often walked on the bank of Edogawa River.
Kafu often ate his dinner at shops near this station.
Kafu went to Gyotoku by bus and described the views of the area.
Kafu wrote of this shrine in Febraury 9th of 1946 in his diary.
Kafu found and introduced this well in his essay.
He visited it February 9th of 1947 in his diary.
He visited it January 26th of 1947 in his diary.
He visited it August 3rd of 1946 and this shrine remains the views in
He visited in October 19th 1947.
He was intrested in letters on the flag hung out at its festival.
It has a tanka poem by Kafu scribed on a stone tablet.
He often visited the area from 1948 to 1951.
The Location of the Places on the Diary Written by Nagai Kafu