Municipal Otaru Literature Museum

It was Minatomachi opened for a long time next to Hakodate in Hokkaido, and Otaru was ever full very much as window of Hokkaido economy. To old cityscape and solid building left 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 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 documents such as manuscript, letter are valuable literal property left for modern 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 document and act so that we are utilized enough in order to assume bread of culture into the future. We display a part of the document 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 document including thing displaying in reading laboratory.
We carry out literature walks, besides, to visit place related to work with holding of temporary exhibition and plan exhibition by various themes about literature, literature lecture and writer of permanent construction display. Please participate in these events casually.


Main store document

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 service 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 before the war for publication 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" "trajectories of material", Masuji Ibuse writing 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" poetry width, 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, mele Yong Island service in a war diary, others


All songbooks, "history of song of Hokkaido footpace" manuscript, song width, 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 old collection of books approximately 2,200 including song poetry "fresh verdure" "primeval forest" (the first), song width, others 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 **," □"Blue sky to agree with the word tanka magazine "new tanka era"," it is "song to carve with in glass" manuscript, "Tokiwa-cho, Omachi diary" manuscript, song width, colored paper, strip of paper with Zensaku Nakamura writing brush ordinary flat portrait, ordinary flat glass, poet nameplate, others

Bosetsu Hira

"Hokkaido Karafuto new haiku theme of nature collection of haiku," it is haiku draft notebook, strip of paper, phrase width, Kyoshi Takahama, Dakotsu Iida letter, others to evening snow scene 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 poetry width "swan" letter to names Expo, book "requiem"

Koichiro Miyahara

Of Takeo Arishima letter to Miyahara, "(as for me) sea, child" winning notice, collection of children's stories "dog of Palace of the Dragon King," is others written by Miyahara reason Hamsun "starvation"


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

We try for document collection to plan improvement of contents in Otaru Literature Museum still more. We are happy if you can offer information about overall writer mentioned above and literature document 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 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 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 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 honor star of anarchism senryu which received instruction of goryohachi, Akira Tsuru of proletarian senryu theory, actual work under the claim of poetry" together. kawatan*ni which recorded difficult fight scrupulously until war died of an illness in mele Yong Island, Kikuzo Ishizuka who described suffering and wish with sympathy to the non-pressure race while we were made to carry a part of national policy literature, and won the Akutagawa Prize, Miyoji Hayakawa who had friendship with Takeo Arishima, and announced children's story of side many and was with the pioneer introducer of North Europe literature, and foresaw collapse of the agriculture world through miserable figure of Nijibetsu reclamation farmer besides agronomic academia with ivy Koichiro Miyahara, 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), the year-end and New Year holidays (from December 29 to January 3) on every Monday Sundays and holidays

Opening time

From 9:30 to 17:00 (as for the admission until 16:30


○It is approximately 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 sea side direction. Near Former Temiya Railway and Bank of Japan finance museum)
○It is approximately five minutes on foot from central bus "in front of main office" bus stop
○Free parking lot (approximately 20) is available.

  • There is parking lot on sea side of facility.
  • It may not be available at the time of congestion 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)
One 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)
One 150 yen (120 yen) to live in the city 70 years or older

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

Related site

Otaru literature building (outside site)

We place information such as the details or temporary exhibition of municipal Otaru Literature Museum.


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