2018年10月06日

Mansei-bashi train station used to stand between Kanda Station and Ocha-no-mizu Station on JR Chuo-Line.

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In the vicinity of Mansei Bridge, spanning the Kanda River running along the edge of Akihabara Electric Town, many kinds of stores such as greengrocers, rice stores and fuel dealers were found in the 17th century. In the wake of the increasing population in the 18th-19th century, this vicinity had become one of the busiest downtowns in Tokyo with an accumulation of the restaurants and amusement facilities. Mansei-bashi train station, which had a stately station building equipped with a waiting room, restaurant and meeting room, was opened in 1912. However, Tokyo Station, Kanda Station and Akihabara Station were opened one after another thereafter, and the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 destroyed this stately building. The importance of this station as a transportation hub had rapidly shrunk toward abolition in 1943. A part of the old platform is converted into a restaurant now, which offers the visitors a very close view of the passing trains as shown in the first and second pictures. Several old restaurants are still found on the back streets of this quarter, which recall the good days before the Second World War, as shown in the third picture.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2018年06月17日

The National Noh Theatre in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo, was opened in 1983, for spreading as well as preserving 'Noh'.

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The original form of 'Noh' was completed by 'Ze-ami', a noted Noh player and playwright, about 600 years ago. Thereafter, it had been developed into all the parts of Japan mainly by 'samurai' class. It is performed exclusively by men with unique masks to play the roles of various characters regardless of genders and age. The National Noh Theatre in the picture is only one theatre just for Noh, where the periodical performances are held several times a month. In addition, the training of new people who are aiming to become Noh players is carried out as a national project. Noh is a leading classic theatrical art in Japan together with 'Kabuki'. Kabuki was mainly loved by common people, while Noh was supported by 'samurai' warriors in the feudal years.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2018年05月26日

The Imperial Palace in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, originally is Edo Castle built at the beginning of the 17th century.

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'Tokugawa Ieyasu', who unified Japan by force of arms, started to build a huge castle also as a central government building in Edo present Tokyo, in 1603. Edo was a small village before this castle construction. Kyoto, where the successive emperors had long lived, formally was the capital though, Edo had gradually developed as the de facto capital of Japan since.
Right after the end of the feudal years ruled by successive Tokugawa shoguns, the new government rapidly advanced modernization following the advanced countries. The emperor in Kyoto moved to Edo and the city name was changed to Tokyo meaning eastern capital. Present Imperial Palace is inside the inner moat of Edo Castle, a part of which is opened to the public. This part named 'Imperial Palace East Garden' includes the most important as well as historical part of Edo Castle, such as 'Otemon' main gate and stone base of the main building. The major part of the Imperial Palace, where the Emperor and Empress live, is not opened to the public though, 'Nijubashi' bridges which is the formal gate of the Palace can be seen from the outside.
The picture shows the entire view of the Imperial Palace, the total area of which is almost half Central Park in New York.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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