12/20/2017

Kaga districts

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Kagachoo 加賀町 Kaga-Cho, Kagacho, Kaga districts in Edo
Ichigaya 市谷 / 市ヶ谷 / 市ケ谷


There are two districts with the Kaga name, one in the Ginza and one in Ichigaya.
東京都中央区銀座七丁目 Ginza / 東京都新宿区市ヶ谷 Ichigaya

There are two theories about this name:
One is named after a 加賀平右衛門 Kaga Heiemon, the 町名主 headman of this district.

The other is being named after the domain name of Kaga (now Ishikawa prefecture)
This refers to Kaga Cho in Ichigaya.


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銀座加賀町 Ginza Kaga cho

This was first located in 東京府東京市京橋区 and existed until 1930.
Then it became a part of 京橋区銀座西 Kyobashi ward, Ginza Nishi
Now it is part of 東京都中央区銀座七丁目 Chuo ward, Ginza



When Tokugawa Ieyasu first came to Edo, the area of Ginza was still sea and had been filled up when building the castle of Edo, especially the palace at Nishi no Maru. The whole beach front had been reclaimed and became suitable for housing. One of the new districts was called KAGA.
This was the name of the person who was involved in the development of the area,
加賀平右衛門 Kaga Heiemon,
who later became the 町名主 headman of this district.


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市谷加賀町 Ichigaya Kaga cho
東京都新宿区 Shinjuku
- former - 東京府東京市牛込区市ヶ谷加賀町
市ヶ谷加賀町一丁目 / 市ヶ谷加賀町二丁目 with two sub-districts



This district is named after the Lord of the Kaga domain, Maeda Mitsutaka 前田光高 (1616 - 1645).
His estate was in this area.
By way of his mother, he was the nephew of Shogun Tokugawa Iemitsu.
As Iemitsu was heirless for some time, Mitsutaka was considered a potential heir. He would then have become the fourth Tokugawa shogun.
- - - More in the WIKIPEDIA !


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The towns of Edo that were established then were named after feudal domains; with names such as
Surugacho, Owaricho, Kagacho, and Inabacho.
They bore the names of the domains that the daimyos in charge of rebuilding the towns were from.
- source : nihombashi-tokyo.com/history...

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. Kaga han 加賀藩 Kaga Domain and the Maeda clan .
Ishikawa - 石川県

. Kaga ryoori 加賀料理 Kaga ryori- dishes from Kaga .

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. Ichigaya 市谷 / 市ヶ谷 / 市ケ谷 "Market Valley" district .

Ichigaya Sanaizaka 市谷左内坂町 Ichigaya Sanaizaka cho
in Sanaicho 左内町 - Ichigaya-sanaicho district

Located to the West of Edo castle and to the West of Kaga cho.



The area is named after 島田左内 Shimada Sanai, who lived at the top of the very steep slope as a village headman in the early Edo period around 1620. At that time the village was called
坂町 Sakacho "village on the slope".
A person like Sanai who developed barren land around Edo castle was called
kusawake nanushi 草分け名主 pioneer headman.
The home of the Shimada family was there until the end of the Edo period.
One of the more famous members of the Shimada family was the head on the 8th generation,
島田友直 Shimada Tomonao
He is better known as 酒上熟寐 Sakenoue no Jukune (1724-1784) and was a famous teacher of 狂歌 Kyoka comic "crazy verses".
The characters of his name 酒上 Sakenoue (he liked 酒 Sake a lot), are a pun with
坂の上 Sakanoue "on top of the slope".
Jukune 熟寐 "drunken slumber"

At Sanaizaka there are now the remains of 市谷左内坂定火消屋敷跡
one of the 10 special estates of the fire brigade of Ichigaya. The entrance to the estate was called
Sanai mon 左内門 Sanai gate.

左内坂 Sanaizaka now



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