Birthplace of gas lamp

Basic Information

Address:4 Sumiyoshi-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama City
     A monument at the main entrance of the Kannai Hall

Introduction, Recommendations and Barrier Free Functions

Japan’s first gas lights were lit on the streets such as Bashamichi and Honcho-dori by Kaemon Takashima’s gas company ‘Nihon Gas Shachu’ in October, Meiji Year 10. The willows and pine trees on the streets beautifully reflected the lights and the pedestrians were feeling groovy.
 Commemorating this, a monument, a relief on the wall, and a replica of a gas light are displayed at the entrance of the Kannai Hall on the Bashamichi side.
There’s also a relief of Bashamichi at the time. The early gas light was used by lighting the fire directly at the tinder and used the fire directly as a light. However, you could only get some thin, dark light if you just light a fire from a tube like a gas burner. Therefore, they contrived in order to get sufficient light with gas light by making the tinder flat so that the gas could explore at a larger area, and by lighting in the fan shape. Since this shape resembled fish’s caudal fin, this type of gas lights was called Gyobito, or, fish tail light.





Barrier Free Information

Easily accessible to the place, building, shop with wheelchairs because there is no gap, below 2 cm if any, or because there is a ramp.

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