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Municipal Otaru Literature Museum

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About municipal Otaru Literature Museum

It was open Minatomachi, and Otaru was ever full of Hokkaido very much for a long time as window of Hokkaido economy next to Hakodate. To old cityscape and solid building left in everywhere in the city, we can bear the prosperity at the time. Against a backdrop of economical prosperity, gifted sho, young men gathered from the whole country in the culture side such as literature, art and encouraged each other and grew up while criticizing. A large number of superior writers were born including Takiji Kobayashi, Osamu Ito from that.

Writing and literary arts magazine of these writers, it may be said that information about manuscript, letter is valuable literal property left for contemporary us again. We regretted the scatter, and civic voice to want to make facility to prevent the damage again was realized, and municipal institution Otaru Literature Museum opened on November 3, 1978. In Literature Museum, we make sure of storage of stored material and act so that we are utilized enough in order to assume bread of culture into the future. We display a part of the materials with panel or photograph which commented on achievements of writer and introduce. Thread that these display regards relation with literature as climate of Otaru □It will be to become in this. You can see store material including thing displaying in reading laboratory.
We carry out literature walks to visit place related to work with holding of temporary exhibition and plan exhibition by various themes about literature, literature lecture and writer other than permanent construction display. Please participate in these events casually.


Main store material

Takuboku Ishikawa

Photograph of Takuboku Ishikawa

Colored paper in memory of Takuboku of Benika Takada, Iku Miyazaki, Kyosuke Kindaichi, kokaharako "Takuboku resident memory of Era", it is kokakyuzo*mokusekikakarishoseki, others



Takiji Kobayashi

Photograph of Takiji Kobayashi

Handbill, others which protest newspaper article, slaughter to report the battle flag Corporation version "crab-canning boat" first edition, funeral funeral offering reserve, death mask, the death letter to friend, the old collection of books with note, signature presentation book "east Kutchan line" to younger sister



Osamu Ito

Photograph of Osamu Ito

Old storehouse English word book, colored paper, others for publication before the war with all writing, draft of a poem letter, note to Noboru Kawasaki belonging to




Saburo Okada

"Paris" Afterword manuscript, the book signed by the author, writing and draft, diaries such as "autumn, winter" "trajectory of material", Masuji Ibuse brush Saburo portrait caricature, Osamu Ito, Shiro Ozaki et al. writer letter, others to Saburo

Miyoji Hayakawa

"Soil and person" Four copies of product other whole sentence art and writing about economics, "le shiraajiyu" manuscript, coterie "nights with the midnight sun", it is others

Naoyuki Hatta

"Crime" Manuscript, "poetry of hometown" shifuku, the stage model, film and play script, others

Kikuzo Ishizuka

It is others "lover" in the days of "foot-binding sequel to" "physical Yamabe" "new year room" shosai "prose group"


"Man of the North Sea" manuscript, "sea of fog", it is handwriting work list, mereyon island service in a war diary, others


All songbooks, "history of song of Hokkaido footpace" manuscript, kafuku, colored paper, strip of paper, *hotaruatetadensuiho, Yoshishige Abe letter, "shinkon" first issue, old storehouse literary arts contribution magazine "sentence world", it is others

Shintaro Tozuka

It is about 2,200 old collection of books, kafuku, others including song poetry "fresh verdure" "primeval forest" (the first) literary arts magazine "we" "group" "kurarute" "north literary arts" (the first) "new machine group"

Ordinary row of trees; is flat

Songbook "hill of red earth" "mast of **," □The word tanka magazine "new tanka era", it is "song to carve with in glass" manuscript, "Tokiwa-cho, Omachi diary" manuscript, chumurazensakuhitsubonhei*zokakunyukafuku, colored paper, strip of paper, ordinary flat glass, poet nameplate, others the "blue sky"

Bosetsu Hira

"Hokkaido Karafuto new haiku theme of nature collection of haiku", it is haiku draft notebook, strip of paper, kufuku, Kyoshi Takahama, Dakotsu Iida letter, others to evening snow scene the same source article, "Midorigaoka poetry club bulletin"

Gorohachi Tanaka

"New senryu book of verse", it is strip of paper, others "new senryu theory" senryu magazine "ice field"

Hideo Oguma

"Hideo Oguma book of verse", it is others "wandering people book of verse" "flying sled"

Issui Yoshida

The book of verse "Holy Mother of the sea", it is the first "innocent person" *, others shifuku "swan" letter to the names Expo, book "requiem"

Koichiro Miyahara

Is selected, and notify, and, Takeo Arishima letter to Miyahara, written by Miyahara reason Hamsun "starves" collection of children's stories "dog of Palace of the Dragon King" "child of the sea" (as for me), others


●Elsewhere Sara Mineo, Yuriko Ono, Chika Sagawa, Yuichi Muraki, Katsuro Togou, Okazaki Nobuo, Hokuto Iboshi, sho*meijin, Jizoson Matsubara, Toshio Takahama, Kohaku Yada, Yabase Sakae star, Shimizu hibernation child, Toji Sato, Zenzo Makiya, Yoichiro Hayashi, Toru Takasaki, Naoichiro Kawara, Hisashi Yamanaka, Shintaro Ishihara relations information

We try for material collection to plan improvement of contents in Otaru Literature Museum even more. We are happy if you can offer information about overall writer mentioned above and literature material related to others Otaru.

Literary people of Otaru

Representative novelist toierudeshiyo where two writers who are contrastive but walked the main stream of Japanese literature in modern times of the Showa era in each while learning together in Otaru commercial college (the existing Otaru University of Commerce), and spending the youth, Takiji Kobayashi of proletarian literature, writer, Saburo Okada of <I-novel> which accomplished Japan's original development with Osamu Ito of intellectual literature assume Otaru Yukarinochi. Across difference between individuality and viewpoint, their critical mind that we asked about for Hokkaido and modern Japan seems to be gathered by the word <realism> which Katsuichiro Kamei talked about as the literal trend of thought brought up in the ground of Otaru.
Takuboku Ishikawa who mentioned socialism thought for the first time in Otaru where we kept means of transportation within in the middle of Hokkaido wandering, shoden*hotaru which was large-boned, and sang northern lyricism, Naoyuki Hatta of row of trees ordinary flat dramatist of the spoken language tanka that we described the joys and sorrows of folklife in naively, ordinary Hokuto Iboshi who continued singing <pride of Ainu> while being flat, and studying, and fighting against prejudice and lack of understanding.
Hideo Oguma who was in the mid-twenties, and made full use of original colloquial style in the times when Chika Sagawa who left the world, Yuriko Ono who left work filled with clean, refined lyricism, and, after all, died young, sculptor Issui Yoshida of words that built hard lyricism that was not corroded from <swan Kotan> at time, many writers remained silent while being derived in poets by Osamu Ito, and expressing more modern poetic genius, and continued satirizing the situation.
In addition, Jizoson Matsubara that young men of Bosetsu Hira and others haiku group Midorigaoka poetry club who gathers in Otaru commercial college mainly on the eldest son end of the year of Kyoshi Takahama, and left the nest, Kohaku Yada who marked new direction in native district haiku while protecting tradition of haiku faithfully in modern times, big base of new haiku exercise publish "phrase and criticism."
"Senryu is Gorohachi Tanaka who developed nationwide new senryu motion, Yabase Sakae star of anarchism senryu which received instruction of goryohachi, Akira Tsuru of proletarian senryu theory, actual work under the claim of poetry" together. Miyoji Hayakawa who foresaw collapse of the agriculture world through miserable figure of Nijibetsu reclamation farmer besides agronomic academia with kawatan*ni which recorded difficult fight scrupulously until war died of an illness in mereyon island, Kikuzo Ishizuka who described suffering and request with sympathy to the non-pressure race while we were made to carry a part of national policy literature, and won the Akutagawa Prize, Koichiro Miyahara that we had friendship with Takeo Arishima and announced children's story of side many, and it was the pioneer introducer of North Europe literature, influence of Takeo Arishima.
It is our index tomoierudeshiyo buoy of seaport Otaru that literature of these people serves as the Japanese modernization and gauge since Meiji civilization with - tsunishita <Hokkaido reclamation> and poses question that what was calmly or keenly, and to tie yesterday and tomorrow to namely today.


Usage guidance

Closed day

The next day (it becomes transfer without but taking a rest in the case of Saturday and Sunday), New Year holidays (from December 29 to January 3) of every Monday Sundays and holidays

※We may be closed other than the above temporarily.

Opening time

9:30-17:00 (as for the admission until 16:30)


○It is about ten minutes from JR Otaru Station on footMap to municipal Otaru Literature Museum
(we go ahead through Route 5 to Sapporo direction and turn left at the intersection of industrial hall to the sea side direction. Near Former Temiya Railway and Bank of Japan finance museum)
○It is about five minutes on foot from central bus "in front of main office" bus stop
○Free parking lot (about 20) is available.

  • There is parking lot on the sea side of facility.
  • It may not be available in rush hours such as at the time of event holding. (please use toll parking lot of neighborhood)
  • As for the use, please let the staff know parking lot for handicapped person.

Admission charges

Common admission ticket

You can see Literature Museum and art museum only for the same day
General 500 yen (400 yen)
High school student 250 yen (200 yen)
Person 250 yen (200 yen) to live in the city 70 years or older

※In the case of temporary exhibition, Literature Museum or art museum may change rate.

Normal admission ticket

You can see only Literature Museum
General 300 yen (240 yen)
High school student 150 yen (120 yen)
Person 150 yen (120 yen) to live in the city 70 years or older

※() It is inner ha 20 or more groups rate.
※Person who is younger than junior high student is free of charge.
※Person having certificate of the physically disabled, nursing notebook or mental patient health welfare notebook and the caregiver are free of charge.
※In the case of temporary exhibition, rate may change.

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