Opening of “Edo Culture Complex EDOCCO” “Tradition and Innovation” To the future of the shrine
On December 15th, 2018, “Edo Culture Complex EDOCCO” opened.
With a history of 1,300 years, Kanda Myoujin Shrine prepared a new facility “EDOCCO” that introduces traditional Japanese culture.
Kanda Myoujin’s chief priest Nobufumi Otorii pointed out that “Shrine is not only a place that preserves traditional culture, but also creates new tradition”. EDOCCO was launched under the concept of “Tradition and Innovation”.
EDOCCO is a complex facility with five floors. At “EDOCCO STUDIO” in the first basement, foreign visitors can enjoy various workshops including traditional entertainment such as comic monologue “Rakugo”, salon entertainment “Ozashiki-gei”, and traditional Japanese/Edo cultures including kimonos and foods.
You can experience wearing kimonos and rent or even buy one at a shop named “j-culture Kimonoya”.
Wooden votive plaques “Ema” and Shinto lucky charms “Omamori” can be purchased by using IC transit cards (ex: Suica, Pasmo) at a worship reception shop “Shinsatsu-jyuyosho” on the first floor. Since one of the most popular electronics quarter Akihabara is Kanda Myoujin’s shirine parishioner, there are computer/cellphone charms and for manga enthusiasts there are animation collaborated Emas.
More than 30 original goods of Kanda Myoujin and “Tradition and Innovation” themed souvenirs are available at EDOCCO SHOP on the first floor.
At EDOCCO CAFÉ next to EDOCCO SHOP, original sweets and curry dishes are served during the day. In the evening, the cozy café turns into a Japanese pub (izakaya) which serves Japanese Sake and Oden; a popular Japanese hotpot dish that consists of various ingredients simmered in a soy sauce-based soup.
Second and third floor is the Kanda Myoujin Hall, and on the forth floor there’s the EDOCCO LOUNGE for VIPs.
Modern arts of well-known artists are dotted on each floor of EDOCCO. A collaboration of “Ebisu” by metalwork artist Ryohei Miyata and artist Morio Matsui’s blue painting can be seen on the first floor.
A Nishijin textile creation that depicts the famous Kanda festival by kimono artist Jotaro Saito can be seen at the second and third floor.
Artist Morio Matsui’s work “Rising Dragon”.
Artist Morio Matsui’s work “Creating of Forest of Light” can be seen at EDOCCO LOUNGE on the fourth floor.
Patterns of Japanese culture are put on the walls of the facility and you can feel the Japanese culture all over the place.
*The information herein is as of January 2019.