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ひろしま戦前の風景 8「羽田別荘 動物園」

昭和4年(1929年)ころ 撮影:田部華吉氏 中区舟入町

参考資料:「熊本動物園60周年記念 動物園ものがたり」熊本動物園 1989年 協力:羽田別荘
Filmed circa 1929 (Showa 4) by Kakichi Tanabe
Funairi-machi, Naka Ward
Still serving diners today, Hadabesso is a long-established ryotei (a type of luxury Japanese restaurant) founded in 1900. At the time this footage was recorded, it stood amidst a vast Japanese garden with two waterfalls, featured an all-female musical troupe that even performed overseas, and had a small zoo on the premises. The footage records the garden’s water birds, various animals presumably exhibited at the zoo, and a traditional Japanese-style building housing the restaurant. Recorded on the same film as the Showa Industrial Exposition footage by the same recorder, the footage most probably dates from around the same time. The zoo at Hadabesso closed in July 1929 after the animals were sold to the newly opening Suizenji Zoo (today’s Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens) in Kumamoto Prefecture. A source records that 29 species of animals, including lion, leopard, brown bear, red-crowned crane, flamingo, and spoonbill, were purchased by Suizenji Zoo from the owners of Hadabesso.
Reference: Kumamoto Zoological Garden, Kumamoto Dobutsuen 60-Shunen Kinen Dobutsuen Monogatari [The Story of Our Zoo: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of Kumamoto Zoological Garden] (1989) Compiled with cooperation from Hadabesso




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