Photographer's Note

Zōshigaya old missionary hall was built oneself in 1907 as a house of John Moody McCALEB, an American missionary. He was living in this house for 34 years until he will go back in 1941. It is the oldest modern wooden western-style architecture that is existing in Toshima-ku, and is very precious as a missionary hall of a few Meiji term in Tokyo. It had a meaning as a base of the propagation activities in a new residential area of those days, and early childhood education here. Its architecture came the Tokyo specification tangible cultural properties in 1999. This building is the wooden total 2-story residence, and the whole design is a single style, and the carpenter gothic style is used for the design of details, and it is the simple foreigner residence which copied the special feature of the U.S. suburban residence in the second half of the 19th century. And, it is opened for general public presentation with related data etc inside the hall in 1989.

1. John Moody McCALEB
John Moody McCALEB was born in a suburb of Tennessee, Nashville of United States in 1861. The father was lost by the Civil War in six months after the birth, and he strove for study, repeating many difficulties after that, and grew up to be pious Christian's youth. And, he entered to the college of the Bible in Lexington, Kentucky, and he met with the senior's missionary here, and opted for Japanese missions by his recommendation at the age of 27. In 1892, John Moody McCALEB who passed into newly-married wife Dela in Japan did missions activities such as Tsukiji, Kanda and Koishikawa, and moved to Zōshigaya in 1907, and continued to various missionary activities at this ground based on Puritanism, though he encountered difficult situation before the Pacific War outbreak of war. His activity in Japan over about 50 years impressed many people the educational activity of a small child or a youth, and charitable work etc.

2. Blonze statue
The statue in front of missionary hall: workshop
This blonze statue " The girl" is build as the symbol of peace praising noble-minded morality of John Moody McCALEB by Arata Kōno.

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