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During the Edo period, the post town designated by Ieyasu, Hidetada, etc. fulfilled the important mission of Tsugitate and Hikyaku as a town that supports the highway, and contributed greatly to society. In recent years, these post stations and highways have begun to be forgotten, and it is sometimes seen that they are handed down in a distorted manner. The first event was held in Shizuoka City, the second event was held in Nagoya City, and the third event was held in Mishima City, centered on the "57th Tokaido".
With reference to the Hikyaku business, which was one of the missions of the post station, mailing including the town Hikyaku was started, and 2021 will be the 150th year. We believe that continuous activities to properly convey post station culture and highway culture and active exchange of information by related parties will lead to the development of local communities that utilize highway information and cultural heritage. ..

4th Highway Exchange Meeting (4th Tokaido 57th Exchange Meeting)

It has been 150 years since the post offices were opened at 57 Tokaido, Minoji / Nagoya, and Sayaji 4 inns from Tokyo to Osaka on March 1, 1871 (April 20, 1871). The postal service in Japan was founded by incorporating the hikyaku business, which was an important mission of the post station, and there is a deep connection between the postal service and the post station / highway.
The Tokaido Townspeople Life History Museum held the 1st Tokaido 57th Exchange Meeting in 2017 at Kanbara-juku in Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka City, Shizuoka Prefecture, and has since held it three times in Nagoya City and Mishima City. This year, we have planned an expansion exchange meeting that includes Nakasendo, Minoji, and Saya Road, and have been preparing to hold it as the 4th Highway Exchange Meeting in Gifu Prefecture, but the problem of the new corona infectious disease. With the cooperation of Asahi University, the event was held only by the organizers, co-sponsors, and other related parties, instead of the conventional method of general participation. In addition, we plan to post a video of the exchange meeting on YouTube at a later date.

Organizer: Tokaido Townspeople Life History Museum (Kanbara-juku, Tokaido), NPO Lifelong Learning and Health and Welfare Promotion Center

Co-sponsored by: Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, Asahi University

Sponsored by: Gifu Prefecture, Gifu City, Mizuho City, Japan Post Holdings Co., Ltd., Japan Post Co., Ltd., Gifu Shimbun Co., Ltd., Gifu Broadcasting System Co., Ltd.

Date and time: Saturday, March 6, 2021 13: 30-16: 30

Venue: Asahi University Building No. 6 2nd Floor 6201 Lecture Room

(1) Opening section

・ Greetings from the organizer Yukio Ogiso (Chairman of NPO Lifelong Learning and Health and Welfare Promotion Center)

・ Greetings from co-sponsor Katsuyuki Otomo (President, Asahi University)

・ Greetings from guests Seiko Noda (Member of the House of Representatives, Acting Secretary-General of the Liberal Democratic Party, Former Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications)

・ Awards for folklore contributors such as post stations, highways, and the establishment of postal services

(2) Lecture section

・ Lecture ➀: Supporting travel and communication from Edo to Kyo / Osaka [Tokaido 57th, Nakasendo 67th and Minoji / Saya Road] (60 minutes)

Lecturer: Takeshi Shida (Tokaido Townsman Life History Museum Owner / Director)

・ Lecture ➁: Digital progress and future of postal business (20 minutes) (video message)

Lecturer: Toshihiko Shibuya (Chief of Post Office, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)

(3) Highway / post station / postal service transmission corner (35 minutes)

① Minoji Masayasu Nakano (Mayor of Ichinomiya, Aichi Prefecture)

② Postal service Naoto Katagiri (Director of Gifu Kano Nishi Post Office)

③ Tokaido / Nakasendo Atsushi Yasugi (Director, Kusatsujuku Kaido Exchange Center, Shiga Prefecture) (Video message)

(4) Closing remarks

・ Takeshi Shida (Tokaido Townsman Life History Museum Owner / Director)


~ The 4th Highway Exchange Meeting ~

[Video] Coming Soon Reiwa held on Saturday, March 6, 3

~ The 4th Highway Exchange Meeting ~

[Video] Coming Soon Reiwa held on Saturday, March 6, 3


~ The 4th Highway Exchange Meeting ~

[Video] Coming Soon Reiwa held on Saturday, March 6, 3


~ Past Highway Exchange Meeting ~

[Video] The 3rd Tokaido 57th Exchange Meeting * Partially held on Saturday, September 28, 1st year of Reiwa


[Main speaker information]

Takeshi Shida

Born in 1943. Graduated from the Faculty of Economics, University of Tokyo in 1967 and joined the Japanese National Railways. In 1983, he was the general manager of the General Affairs Department of the Osaka Railway Management Bureau, and in 1960, he was a researcher at the accounting bureau of the head office. Joined Central Japan Railway Company (JR Tokai) in 1987, and became the manager of the Business Administration Office. 1992 Director and General Manager of General Affairs Department, 1988 Managing Director, 2012 Senior Managing Director. In 2013, he also served as president of JR Tokai Real Estate, in 2014 he also served as president, and in 2010 he was an advisor. After retiring, he has been engaged in contribution activities centered on tourism and highway culture, including the owner and director of the Tokaido Townspeople Life History Museum, the Ena City Tourism Association "Ena Tourism Ambassador", and a visiting professor at Asahi University.

His major books include the attractions and highlights of "Fifty-seventh Stations of the Tokaido" (Tokaido Shimbun Tokai Branch) , Tokaido 57th (Wedge) , Tokaido / Nakasendo Travel and Living (Shizuoka Shimbun) .

About Tokaido Townsman Life History Museum

The Tokaido Townspeople Life History Museum is a museum (* 1) that conveys "townspeople's lives such as clothing, food and housing from the Edo period to the early Showa period" in Kanbara-juku, Shizuoka City, and exhibits and explains post stations and highways based on Shogunate records. The NPO Lifelong Learning and Health and Welfare Promotion Center is in charge of the operation.

* 1: Shida House ( Shida Family House Owner: Registered as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property (Building))

Facility location: 3-19-28 Kanbara, Shimizu-ku, Shizuoka-shi, Shizuoka 421-3203
Management and operation: NPO Lifelong Learning and Health and Welfare Promotion Center Phone: 054-385-7557

Opening date and time: Saturday and Sunday 10: 00-15: 30 (Closed at the end of the year, January and August)
* However, groups of 15 or more can open the museum on dates other than the above by contacting us in advance (please contact us at least 2 weeks in advance).



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