Are you 黒吉?

If so, then you maybe Kurokichi another way of saying black lucky which is the literal translation of 黒吉. Who was 黒吉(Kurikuchi)? Well his full name was Norakuro Kurikuchi. A black and white stray dog who climbed his way to the top of the highest office of the dog squad in the Japanese Imperial Army. He came to life from the pen of Suihō Tagawa in 1931. There is a permanent display with extended videos, pinball machines, and images of Norakuro and his creator at the Morishita Cultural Center. If you are looking for something that will get you out of the neighborhood and in another part of town, I suggest you pack up the family and head on out there! It’s free to get in and if you like collecting stamps, there is a gigantic one waiting for you at the doorway.

Hop on the Oedo or Shinjuku line for a trip into the birth of manga! Here are some handy directions to get you there! When you go to the website most of the information is in Japanese!

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Map of Morishita Center is below!


About Michaela Chatman

Michaela Chatman is the founder of Camp Roadless Summer Visual and Performing Arts Summer Camp based in the Tokyo area. She has taught in Chicago, New York City, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. She has worked with children from ages 5-16. She is a dedicated fan and supporter of the arts. She performs locally in Tokyo with Kaguratei, a blues band. She is an active member in TELL:Exceptional Parents Group, Japan Affiliate of the Association for Supervision and Curriculum (JASCD), Tokyo Investment Group, and Pink Cow Connections Networking Group. For fun she organizes The Tokyo Lovers Pizza Meetup Group.
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