If you exit the ticket gate of Okubo Station from the north exit and go straight ahead, you will soon find yourself on Okubo-dori Street. Okubo has an image of being full of Korean stars, cosmetics, and gourmet food, but this is only true from Shin-Okubo Station to the inside of the Yamanote Line, and the exotic atmosphere around Okubo Station is not strong.
To begin with, Okubo Station is located in Hyakunin-cho, not Okubo. Incidentally, Shin-Okubo Station is also in Hyakunin-cho, not Okubo. It's a bit complicated. I think it would be cooler to have the name Hyakunincho, which comes from the residence of the Iga clan's 100-man (Hyakunin) gun squad led by Kiyonari Naito, rather than Okubo, which came to be called Okubo because it was originally a large low-lying area (kubo), but Hyakunin-cho is treated carelessly.
There is nothing around Okubo Station to remind us of the history of the Iga-gumi Hyakunin Teppo-tai, which guarded the front gate of Kanei-ji Temple and Zojo-ji Temple when the shogun visited them. A large mural painted under the railroad guard may be the only one. The mural depicts a group of gunmen firing in unison at a signal from a military commander. As I was waiting at a traffic light, I turned my eyes to the mural to see the heroic figure of the gunmen on the other side of the road, but most of it was covered by shadows and I couldn't see it clearly.
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