2019年01月18日

Name-brand Chinese restaurants are piled up in the neighborhood of Kanda Jimbo-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo.

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There were some twenty thousand Chinese students at most, studying in Japan, between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of 20th century. Some of them were government-financed students from China under Qing dynasty, and Zhou Enlai who became a prime minister of the People's Republic of China later on as well as Lu Xun, well known thinker, were included. Their main purpose to come to Japan was to study law at many law schools in Kanda area. Accordingly, most of them lived in the vicinity of Kanda, and this neighborhood gradually became a Chinese quarter in Tokyo. After the Second Word War, most Chinese students went back to China though, the unique townscape dotted with many Chinese restaurants, large and small, survive here. The Chinese restaurant in the first picture is known as Zhou Enlai use to frequent. The second one is featuring Shaoxing rice wine.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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posted by masahisa at 14:25 | Tokyo | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年01月11日

'Osaka Kurashi-no-Konjyakukan' (The Osaka Museum of Housing and Living) features a life-size model of the streets in old Osaka.

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This unique museum, being connected directly with major train stations, is focused on the daily life of Osaka urban residents. All the exhibits range from the first half of the 19th century to the 1960s. The selling point of this facility is the full-scale townscape model of the urban area of old Osaka in the 19th century. All the wooden buildings, needless to say, furniture, personal belongings and other small items exhibited here are carefully checked by specialists. The visitors can stroll around this virtual quarter to know how Osakans actually got along in the feudal years, when Osaka was Japan's largest commercial city. In this connection, the transition of the time, from the morning to the night, of this townscape model is changed by lighting effects every day.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki

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posted by masahisa at 08:55 | Osaka | このブログの読者になる | 更新情報をチェックする

2019年01月08日

'Tenjinbashi-suji Shotengai' in Kita-ku, Osaka City, is Japan's longest shopping arcade.

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The length of this shopping arcade is 2.6 kilometers from north to south, and about 300 shops as well as restaurants are running here. It takes an hour if you ramble along this long street. This shopping arcade originated in 1653 as a vegetable market 2.3 kilometers long, thereafter it enjoyed prosperity very much because it became the road leading to 'Osaka Tenmangu' shrine, which is known for 'Toka Ebisu', the festival held on January 10th honoring 'Ebisu', the god of wealth. This neighborhood used to since the nearby be Osaka's number one bustling place though, it has dwindled now since the nearby vegetable and fruit wholesale market moved in 1931. Various kinds of revitalizing plans are implemented by the locals recently, which is helpful to win back the former energy. Good old restaurants and shops are easily found on this long shopping arcade.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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