2010年09月12日

'Hibiya-koen', Japan's first Western-style park, was brought to completion in 1903, in which Hibiya Public Hall and 'Matsumoto-ro' restaurant, having something to do with the modern history of the country, are impressively standing.

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'Hibiya-koen' park in the picture above is always alive with business person and family groups. This park was converted from powerful feudal lords' mansions by Tokyo metropolitan government in the Meiji era about 100 years ago.
Among many facilities in the ground, 'Matsumoto-ro' restaurant in the picture below may be significant because Sun Wen, the leader of the old Chinese Nationalist Party, was greatly patronized by then owner-manager of this restaurant when he lived in exile in Japan before the Second World War. There is a piano, a reciprocal gift from the wife of Sun Wen, is in display in the lobby of this building. This piano is one of the oldest existing two pianos manufactured in Japan.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisda Takaki.

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2010年05月24日

The old foundation of the donjon on this side, the park where the inner rooms of Edo castle previously stood and Marunouchi business district on the far side.

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The main keep of Edo castle completed in 1636 was reduced to ashes by the conflagration called 'Meireki-no-taika' in 1657, only 21 years after its completion. Although the rebuilding work was attempted after that, it derailed by lack of fund when the new stone substructure was built. The stone foundation 18 meters tall on this side in the picture is the structure of the day and the yonder park is where part of many wooden edifices of Edo castle stood. There were the 'Hon-maru' that is used for the state affairs by a Shogun and his high-ranking officials, and the 'Oh-oku' where a wife, concubines and children of a Shogun and many maidservants were living. The downtown high-rise area at the back is Japan's largest business district where almost all the head offices of the Mitsubishi conglomerate gather around.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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2010年05月03日

Within around ten-minutes walking distance from Marunouchi, Japan's largest business district, lies this beautiful Japanese garden with a path around a central pond.

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This scenic beauty forms a part of the the old Edo-castle, where the stately mansion of the successor to the Tokugawa shogun, the de facto ruler of Japan, was in existence and was restored on the basis of the old drawing in the 18th century.
After the Tokugawa's samurai government was overthrown, whole site of the Edo-castle was converted to the Imperial Palace late in the 19th century. Since 1968, one third of the all site including this garden has been opened to the public.

Licensed tour guide/travel assistant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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