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 the 20th century. Some of them were government-financed students from China under the Qing dynasty, and Zhou Enlai who became a prime minister of the People's Republic of China later on as well as Lu Xun, a 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 one that Zhou Enlai used to frequent. The second one is featuring Shaoxing rice wine.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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