2017年01月17日

'Kudankaikan' in Kudanshita, Tokyo, was a martial law command headquarters against 'Ni Ni Roku Jiken', February 26 incident in 1936, one of the largest military coups in Japan.

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Kudankaikan was originally built in 1934 as a headquaters association of veterans for reserves' training and accommodations. Soon after the completion, 'February 26 incident', so called 'Ni Ni Roku Jiken' military coup, caused by around 1,500 youth officers, happened in 1936. The then Minister of Finance, 'Korekiyo Takahashi', and four other key government officials were killed though, the authority declared a martial law base at this building to surpress these traitors. In 1937 thereafter, 'Fuketsu', a younger brother of 'Fugi' known as 'The Last Emperor' of Manchuria, held a wedding ceremony here. After being used as an accommodations of the officials of occupation forces for some years, 'Japan bereaved families Association' had long run this building as a hotel, wedding hall and other multi purposes since 1957. However two people died from the ceiling collapse by 'The Great East Japan Eartquake' in 2011, thus this old building discontinued its checkered life at long last. A new high-rise building is supposed to be reconstructed in the near future.

Licensed tour guide/Travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2016年09月29日

'2k540 AKI-OKA ARTISAN' is a unique shopping arcade located under a railway viaduct between Akihabara and Okachimachi Station on JR Yamate-Line.

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This unique shopping arcade was opened in December 2010. Different from common shopping arcades, this arcade is made up of special shops run by creators having artisan attitude, as this area used to be inhabited by craftsmen of old schools.
The shoppers, accordingly, also enjoy workshop experience occasionally. The number of the shops reaches 50 now. The first picture shows the main street of this arcade. Therafter 'CHABARA AKI-OKA MARCHE' and 'B-1 Grand prix shokudo' B-grade gourmet food stalls, the menu of which is shown in the second picture, were opened adjacent to this arcade in 2013 and 2015 respectively. The former one sells selected food stuffs from all over Japan, and the latter one serves second-class gourmet cuisines good for a light lunch.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2016年08月26日

'Nippori Fabric Town' in Tokyo features more than 80 shops focused on plain cloths, sewing things and so on, standing along a street for one kilometer.

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Nippori Fabric Town started about 100 years ago, when the small traders dealing in scraps and wasted cloths in Asakusa, Taito-ku, moved here in a group. Most shops were selling second-class or unsold goods at the beginning though, with an increasing number of the shops and gradual expansion of an assortment of each shop, present shopping street has been completed. Any kinds of goods about handicrafts can be found here with less expensive price. But the shoppers should take note that most shops are closed on Sundays and national holidays, as well as the closing time is 5:00-6:00pm, since they are basically wholesalers.
And furthermore, there used to stand many Buddhist temples on the west side of JR Nippori Station. The numberless cherry trees were planted on those temple grounds to attract Tokyo people and this still continues.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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