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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2015年12月20日

Catholic Tsukiji Church and Kanda Church are the oldest church in Tokyo.

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Japan's feudal government issued orders forbidding missionary work of Christianity in 1612. The intention for these orders were to protect Japan against the invasive policy of Western countries under the banner of Christianization. Right after the end of the feudal age, Japan's modernization started in 1867, and the lifting of the ban on Christianity was carried out parallel with other measures for modernization.
The first church in Tokyo was built in 'Tsukiji Teppozu', present Akashi-cho in Chuo-ku, by a French missionary in 1869. Tsukiji Teppozu was opened to Western residents as their settlement two years before this church's completion. The first picture shows the present building rebuilt in 1927.
The second picture shows Kanda Church, rebuilt in 1928, near Suido-bashi Station. This church was originally built by a French priest in 1874, the same year as Tsukiji Church. Kanda Church was also used as a cathedral in Tokyo for 10 years right after the Second World War.

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Masahisa Takaki.

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2015年07月03日

Many secondhand bookshops stand roof by roof in the vicinity of Jinbo-cho, Kanda, Tokyo...What is called 'Kanda Koshotengai'

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The vicinity of Jinbo-cho, Chiyoda-ku, is dotted with many major publishing companies such as 'Iwanami' and 'Shogakkan', big bookstores such as 'Sanseido', universities such as 'Meiji', Nihon' and Senshu', and small secondhand bookshops.
This area forms a booktown, which is originated in the 1880's when many book stores opened to sell law books to the students for the schools as stated above. In accordance with the diversification of these schools for university, the variety of books gradually expanded up to Literature, drama, natural science etc. As per the secondhand bookshops, each shop has its own area of expertise. As this area survived the Second World War, many old buildings remain, which give a
unique town scape as shown in the picture. This area is Japan's largest secondhand bookshop shopping spots with some 140 shops.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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