ひろしま戦前の風景 71.長寿園の桜並木
[71]Row of Cherry Trees at Chojien

昭和2年(1927年)ころ 撮影:上西寛之助氏
提供:上西功一氏 / 広島平和記念資料館 広島市中区白島北町ほか

参考資料:「広島市郷土資料館企画展 お花見」広島市市民局文化スポーツ部文化財課 2010年
Filmed circa 1927 (Showa 2) by Kannosuke Kaminishi
Original film courtesy of Koichi Kaminishi and Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hakushima Kitamachi, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City, and other locations
Along with Hijiyama Park, Chojien on the Ota River bank was a popular cherry blossom spot in pre-war Hiroshima City. A local merchant Chojiro Murakami started planting the cherries on the riverbank in 1910 and opened it to the public in 1916, naming the grove Chojien. It is recorded that the sight of the blossoming trees was magnificent, amplified by the equally splendid cherries across the river in Oshiba Park. After the war the cherry trees gradually succumbed to disease or age, the area became built up with high-rise apartments, and Chojien eventually disappeared. The riverbank has been replanted with cherry trees in recent years, however, once again offering visual pleasure to the public. The single-track railway and steam locomotive recorded in the second half of the footage probably belonged to what is now the JR Kabe Line, then operated by the private firm Hiroshima Denki. The Hiroshima City Hall under construction, shown toward the end of the footage, was completed in March 1928.
Reference: Cultural Properties Division, Department of Culture and Sport, Citizens Affairs Bureau, City of Hiroshima, Hiroshimashi Kyodo Shiryokan Kikakuten Ohanami [Cherry Blossom Viewing: Temporary Exhibition at the Hiroshima Museum of History and Traditional Crafts] (2010)

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