10/06/2017

Akasaka district

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. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .
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- Akasaka Kiribatake 赤坂桐畑 district, "paulownia fields"
- Akasaka Hitotsugi choo 赤坂一木町 / 一ツ木町 Hitotsugi district
- Akasaka Tamachi 赤坂田町 Tamachi district, "district of fields"
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Akasaka 赤坂 "the red slope" district
Minato ward



1. HIE SHRINE
2. NATIONAL DIET BUILDING
3. NATIONAL DIET LIBRARY
4. SUNTORY MUSEUM OF ART
5. THE NATIONAL THEATER
The station area of Akasaka is full of offices and during the day it is busy with salarimen running about, but in the evening it relaxes and becomes a nightlife area of narrow streets with pubs and restaurants. It's not really a tourist area, but there are some things to check out in the nearby vicinity.
- source : tokyopocketguide.com/tokyo/akasaka -

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a residential and commercial district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, located west of the government center in Nagatachō and north of the Roppongi nightlife district.
Akasaka (including the neighboring area of Aoyama) was a ward of Tokyo City from 1878 to 1947, and maintains a branch office of the Minato City government.
Hikawa Shrine
Nogi Shrine
Takahashi Korekiyo's residence and memorial park
- - - - - In neighbouring Moto-Akasaka (literally "original Akasaka") to the North:
Akasaka Palace (State Guest House)
Togu Palace Residence of the Crown Prince of Japan
- more in the wikipedia

There are many sub-districts in Akasaka
. . . . . 一ツ木町(赤坂一ツ木町)Hitotsugi (see below)
Akasaka 1 to 9, 赤坂一丁目 to 赤坂九丁目 / 元赤坂町 Moto-Aasaka
葵町(赤坂葵町)Akasaka Aoi
台町(赤坂台町)Akasaka Daimachi
桧町(赤坂桧町)Akasaka Hinoki
表町(赤坂表町)Akasaka Omotecho
新町(赤坂新町)Akasaka Shinmachi
田町(赤坂田町)Akasaka Tamachi (see below)
榎坂町(赤坂榎坂町)
新坂町(赤坂新坂町)
丹後町(赤坂丹後町)
伝馬町(赤坂伝馬町)Denmacho
中ノ町(赤坂中ノ町)
氷川町(赤坂氷川町)Hikawacho
福吉町(赤坂福吉町)
霊南坂町(赤坂霊南坂町)
青山権田原町(赤坂青山権田原町)
青山六軒町(赤坂青山六軒町)

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. Hikawa Jinja 氷川神社 Akasaka 赤坂 .
東京都港区赤坂6-10-12

. Nogi Jinja 乃木神社 .
8 Chome-11-27 Akasaka

. Akasaka Mitsuke 赤坂見附 .
and the 弁慶濠 Benkei Moat

. Akasaka Tameike 赤坂溜池 Akasaka Tameike Pond district .

. Legends from Akasaka .


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Minato-ku, Akasaka
The general name for the area around Akasaka-mon Gate. There are many theories on the origin of the area's name, including that it was a saka (Kinokuni-zaka Hill) which lead to Akaneyama (the land of the Kii Tokugawa residence, which was once said to have produced akane (Japanese madder)) and that it was a place with a red dirt hill.


Kinokuni-zaka akasaka tameike enkei 紀の国坂赤坂溜池遠景 - Hiroshige 広重

From the early Edo Period, a large number of Daimyo (feudal lords) residences and homes of vassals of the shogun, and thus surrounded by the homes of the samurai class, the area formed into a region with many tradesmen and merchant homes and temples.


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Akasaka Kiribatake 赤坂桐畑 district, "paulownia fields"
Minato ward, Akasaka second district
It was a pleasant view in the Edo period, with some Ukiyo-e about it.


Akasaka kiribatake 赤坂桐畑 - Utagawa Hiroshige 広重

Nishiki-e often pictured fields of kiri paulownia trees and Kinokuni-zaka Hill (so named as it was along the side of the Kii Tokugawa residence).
Paulownia trees were planted as reinforcement for the cisterns as they are fast growing trees.
- source : National Diet Library -



Evening Rain in the Paulownia Garden at Akasaka (1859)
二世広重画, Hiroshige II (1826–1869)
Akasaka Kiribatake uchû yûkei 赤坂桐畑雨中夕けい - Hiroshige 広重


Around 1822, most of the paulownia trees were cut down and a modern town developed.

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Akasaka Hitotsugi choo 赤坂一木町 / 一ツ木町 Hitotsugi district
The original spelling was hito-tsugi 人継 "relay of people",
since the hamlet was located on an exit road of Edo and horses and porters were on relay station here.
Now the spelling is hitotsu-gi 一ツ木 "one tree".
The hamlet was written 人継村, later一木村, Hitotsugi Village.

The name was lost in 1966, when the district was incorporated to Akasaka 4 and 5 赤坂四丁目と赤坂五丁目.


The 一ツ木通り Hitotsugi Street is still seen today.

When Tokugawa Ieyasu begun to live in Edo in 1590, he had about 140 people from 伊賀 Iga come to live here and attend to his hawking tours.

Around 1696, the residence of the city magistrate 大岡忠相 Oka Tadasuke Echizen no Kami was located here. The 豊川稲荷 Toyokawa Inari Shrine in the compound is still there now.
More townspeople came to live here,
including craftsmen making containers for tea and tobacco, geta 下駄 sandals and 筆 writing pens.

. Ōoka Tadasuke 大岡忠相 Oka Echizen 大岡越前 .
(1677 – 1752)

Before the war, it was the location of 近衛歩兵第二旅団司令部 the Konoe Shidan imperial guard.



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Akasaka Tamachi 赤坂田町 Tamachi district, "district of rice fields"
Minato ward, Akasaka first to third district






赤坂地区旧町名由来板

The area borders
. Tameike, 赤坂溜池町 Akasaka Tameike district .
Minato ward, Akasaka first to third sub-district
tameike 溜池 irrigation pond, "dammed pond", Akasaka Pool

After draining the swamp around 1635, rice paddies and fields were developed, giving the name to the area.

Akasaka Tamachidōri 赤坂田町通り Akasaka Tamachi-dori street
a modern shopping street with many restaurants.


One famous resident of the district was the statesman
. Katsu Kaishu 勝海舟 (1823-1899) .

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. Doing Business in Edo - 商売 - Introduction .

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. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu poems in Edo .

. Japanese Architecture - Interior Design - The Japanese Home .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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