SUMIDA-ku and EDO-Period

Sumida where the symbol of Tokyo Skytree is located.
Edo culture was created by craftsmen and merchants in Shitamachi and the bustle of Ryogoku bridge foot space.
You can feel and see the common culture and Edo culture there which bloomed during Edo era.
The big fire in 1657(Edo era) burned down 60% of city of Sumida and 100,000 of people died.
Ekoin temple was built to offer the people who died from the fire. Since many people couldn’t run away from the fire because there was no bridge around there, The Ryogoku bridge and bridge foot space were built in 1659.

As many people came to Ekoin temple to worship, there were many kinds of food stands in bridge foot space such as Sushi, Tempura, Soba, Unagi(eel). You can still enjoy the food culture even now.
People in Edo era enjoyed Kabuki and Sumo. Sumo was started in Ekoin temple to raise fund and Ryogoku is still famous for Sumo now.

Many craftsmen started to live in Ryogoku to fabricate and sale of daily necessities and the spirit of fabrication continues in Sumida. A world-famous painter Katsushika Hokusai was born in Sumida and he drew many paintings there.