Why Is There A Landmark Devoted To Tomato Ketchup In This Yokohama City? (Plus Bonus Vegetable Monuments)


In 1859 Yokohama was the primary port to open to worldwide commerce in Japan after 250+ years of isolation. It due to this fact grew to become the birthplace of Japan’s modernisation because it progressively adopted cultural improvements and traits from abroad earlier than spreading it to the remainder of Japan.

Western greens that at the moment are taken as a right, reminiscent of cabbages, tomatoes, celery, cauliflower, radish and asparagus had been launched to Japan round this time. Some overseas residents started farming within the Yamate space of Yokohama and this development ultimately unfold to neighbouring villages together with Koyasu in Kanagawa Prefecture which was conveniently positioned between Tokyo and Yokohama.

Japan’s second largest metropolis was the origin for varied cleaning soap, cider, beer and curry merchandise however do you know {that a} sure desk condiment originated within the metropolis too? The title of this publish provides away what it was after all however round 1900 (if I might be so imprecise!), a Koyasu native farmer known as Kosuke Shimizu started to develop tomato ketchup which marked the start of the home product in Japan. It was known as Shimizuya tomato catsup (ketchup).

A contemporary copy! By no means seen it anyplace earlier than!!

The mushroom ketchup variant began off within the UK and the tomato-based one was created within the USA within the early nineteenth century however this was the start in Japan, and there’s a landmark to commemorate it not that too many individuals discover although! It’s casually positioned on the aspect of Koyasu-dori avenue which is of course bypassed by nearly all of folks with none realisation.


I can’t even keep in mind how I came upon about this historic landmark however presumably it was discovered simply by scouring Google Maps as I do sometimes. I didn’t even realise it on the time however the color of the publish is supposedly ketchup-coloured.

On the opposite aspect of the trail is a signboard detailing details about the historical past of western vegetable cultivation and tomato ketchup in Japan. All of it appears to be a dependable “sauce” of knowledge!

  • Birthplace of Tomato Ketchup is positioned at 3 Koyasudori, Kanagawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa-ken. It’s a three minute stroll from both JR Shin-Koyasu or Keikyu-Shinkoyasu stations.

Bonus: Since visiting that place, I’ve came upon about comparable landmarks for a number of greens. All of them are in Nerima-ku which is the neighbouring ward to the place my spouse and I reside. First up is a well-preserved park (it closes at night time) which has a golden radish statue to indicate the birthplace of Nerima Radish (at 2-36-28 Kitamachi, Nerima-ku). It’s positioned only a few minutes on foot from Tobu Nerima station on the Tobu Tojo Line. Legend has it that Shogun Tsunayoshi Tokugawa ordered monks to domesticate daikon radish through seeds from Aichi Prefecture.


Simply over three kilometres south-west of there’s one other radish monument (4-16 Kasugacho, Nerima-ku) which was erected by a neighborhood pickle seller. The choice concept to the aforementioned monk one is that it was simply merely created by a farmer known as Mataroku who lived in Kami Nerima.

The cabbage monument above (1-1-31 Shakujiidai, Nerima-ku) is an extra 5 kilometres south-west of the white radish one. That is one other speciality of Nerima Ward which grew to become one of many main manufacturing areas within the nation and a staple of Tokyo residents’ food plan to today.

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Click on right here to learn ‘Foxed In The Head: Biking To All Inari Shrines In Tokyo’s 23 Wards – #8 Nerima’

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