7/12/2018

Aoyama district Minato

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Aoyama 青山 Aoyama district, "Green Mountain"
港区 Minato ward 北青山一丁目から三丁目 Kita-Aoyama North, first to third sub-district
南青山一丁目から七丁目 Minami-Aoyama South, first to seventh district
and Omote sandoo, Omotesandō 表参道 Omotesando



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Aoyama (青山 "Green Mountain" or "Blue Mountain")
is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods of Tokyo, located in the northwest portion of Minato Ward. The area is well known for its international fashion houses, cafes and restaurants.
Kita-Aoyama (北青山) or "North Aoyama" refers to the area on the north side of Aoyama-dori (Aoyama Street) between the Akasaka Palace and Aoyama Gakuin University, while Minami-Aoyama (南青山) or "South Aoyama" refers to the area to the south of Aoyama-dori and extends to the northern edge of Roppongi, Azabu and Hiroo.
During the Edo period,
Aoyama was home to various temples, shrines, and samurai residences. The name Aoyama derived from a samurai named Aoyama Tadanari who served the Tokugawa Shogunate and held his mansion in this area. Today, along with Shibuya and Harajuku, it is one of the most popular entertainment and shopping areas "Omotesandō",
for young people in Tokyo. It is well known for its fashion houses, restaurants, and shopping.
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Aoyama Tadanari 青山忠成 (1551 – 1613)
was a Tokugawa general and chief retainer at the end of the Sengoku and start of the Edo period. He was the father of Aoyama Tadatoshi, and the Aoyama region of Shibuya is named after him.
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The Aoyama clan were provincial lords of Dōdo village, Nukata District in Mikawa Province (present Okazaki, Aichi). Aoyama Tadakado, Tadanari's father, served both Matsudaira Hirotada and Tokugawa Ieyasu, and thus Tadanari served near Ieyasu since he was young. In 1572, his father died in battle with Takeda Shingen and Tadanari inherited the estate.
Tadanari was highly trusted by Ieyasu,
and in 1585 he commanded him to guard his son Hidetada. In 1588, Tadanari accompanied Hidetada to the capital where he was granted Junior Fifth Rank, Lower Grade of Hitachi Province by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. In 1590 Ieyasu relocates to Kantō and promotes Tadanari to magistrate of Edo with lands worth 5,000 koku (increased by 2,000 koku in 1593). His estates centered on Harajuku village and extended from part of Akasaka to Shibuya. Present day Aoyama is so named because one of Tadanari's mansions was located there.
In 1600,
Tadanari joined Hidetada's army at the Battle of Sekigahara and obtained 15,000 koku of lands between Kazusa Province and Shimōsa Province. In addition to being the Edo magistrate, he also served as the general magistrate for the entire Kantō region. After the start of the Edo shogunate, he was heavily involved in shogunate policy along with Honda Masanobu and Naitō Kiyonari. Along with Naitō in 1606, he is temporarily sentenced to house arrest but is soon pardoned.
Tadanari's  son Tadayoshi was to fall out of favor with Shôgun Tokugawa Iemitsu, though the family's name would be restored during the time of Tadanari's grandson, Munetoshi.
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When Shogun Ieyasu was hawk hunting together with Tadanari, they passed the area and Ieyasu told him:
"I will give you all the land you want around here!"
So Tananari took a long rope, sat on his horse and begun a long ride, connecting the trees on the way. It reached from Akasaka to Shibuya.
The area had been called 原宿 Harajuku, but when Aoyama Tadanari begun to built his estate here, it was re-named after him.
To the South-West was the sub-district 青山御手大工町 Ote-Daiku machi, where soon many carpenters came to live.
In the East was 青山百人町 Hyakunin cho. This was a district of low-ranking Samurai, who had to work for their living, mostly making paper umbrellas. There were at least 12 shops selling umbrellas in the area.

. Hyakuninchoo 百人町 Hyakunincho district .
(hundred-member town)



Harajuku, Omotesando 原宿 - 表参道

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Omotesandō 表参道 "frontal approach"
is a zelkova tree-lined avenue located in Shibuya and Minato, Tokyo, stretching from the Meiji Shrine entrance to Aoyama-dori (Aoyama Street), where Omotesandō Station can be found.
Omotesandō was originally created in the Taishō era as the frontal (表 Omote) approach (参道 Sandō) to Meiji Shrine, which is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken.
Omotesandō is the main vehicle and pedestrian thoroughfare for Harajuku and Aoyama. .....
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明治神宮外苑の紅葉 Autumn at Meiji Jingu Gaien (outer park)

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Omotesandō 表参道 Main Approach to the Meiji Shrine
Today, Omotesandō is one of Tokyo’s most fashionable and expensive neighborhoods. It’s famous for Japanese and international brand shops and world-renowned hair salons. Its location next to Harajuku, a fashion center for young people, serves a balancing act making Omotesandō a fashion playground for adults.
But what does Omotesandō mean?
A 参道 sandō is the general word for a road that leads up to a shrine.
Every shrine has a sandō, even if the word isn’t preserved in a place name. 表 omote means “front” or maybe better put into English as “main.” If you go north from Harajuku on the Chiyoda Line, you’ll find a station called 北参道 Kitasandō (North Approach to the Shrine).
The area was a sparsely populated suburb in the Edo Period and Meiji Period. The shrine was finished in the mid-1920’s and the area began to attract business and residences.
omotesando nogi maresuke
The main street that leads up to the Meiji Shrine is called 青山通りAoyama dōri and not Omotesandō.
Aoyama dōri is not the Omotesandō. It has been Aoyama-dōri. But beginning in 1920, a bus that traveled up Aoyama dōri to the 表参道 omote sandō began service. The name of the bus was the “Omotesandō Bus.” This is when the connection with the shrine’s omote sandō began. The station that is now Omotesandō Station was originally called 青山六丁目駅 Aoyama roku-chōme eki. Later it was renamed 神宮前駅 Jingū-mae eki.
By the 1970’s the neighborhood had a personality of its own, distinct from Harajuku, Aoyama and – of course – the Meiji Shrine, so it was renamed 表参道駅 Omotesandō eki.
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- - - - - Sub-districts of the Edo period

青山原宿町 Harajuku - 青山緑町 Aoyama Midori cho
青山御掃除町 - 慶応4年青山掃除町に改称
青山御手大工町 - 慶応4年青山手大工町に改称
青山善光寺門前
青山御炉路町
青山浅河町
青山若松町
青山久保町
青山六軒町
青山百人町
青山五十人町




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Aoyama-itchōme Station (Ginza Line, Hanzōmon Line, Toei Ōedo Line)
Omotesandō Station (Chiyoda Line, Ginza Line, Hanzōmon Line)
Gaiemmae Station (Ginza Line)
Nogizaka Station (Chiyoda Line) – located in the southeastern corner of Minami-Aoyama adjacent to Roppongi

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. Aoyama Gakuin 青山学院大学 University .
private university in Shibuya 渋谷区

. Meiji Jinguu 明治神宮 Shrine Meiji Jingu .
and the Shrine festivals

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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

................................................................................. Aoyama 青山 東京


. hitodama 人魂 / 人霊 / 人玉 spirit of a dead person .

hitodama ヒトダマ / Aoyama bochi 青山墓地 cemetery
Sometime ago, after a rainfall, on a quiet evening a person saw a human spirit. It was all round and green-white, with a flaming border around it. It also had a small tail like a triangle and swayed loosely in the air.
Another person had also seen this kind of Hitodama at the Aoyama cemetery. In fear he had poked it with his umbrella and it soon disappeared. On the umbrella were trails of burning.




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Aoyama Cemetery (青山霊園 Aoyama reien) is a cemetery in Aoyama, Minato, managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The cemetery is also famous for its cherry blossoms, and at the season of hanami, many people visit.
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The cemetery was originally the land of the Aoyama family of the Gujō clan (now Gujō, Gifu) in the province of Mino (now Gifu). The Japan's first public cemetery was opened in 1874, and in the Meiji era the main locations of foreigners' graves.
The cemetery has an area of 263,564 m2.
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One of the cemetery's most famous graves is that of Hachikō, the faithful and dutiful dog whose statue adorns Shibuya Station, was buried alongside with his two owners, Hidesaburō Ueno and Yaeko Sakano.
..... The Japanese section includes the graves of many notable Japanese, including: .....
..... The cemetery includes a gaikokujin bochi (foreign cemetery), one of the few such plots in Tokyo.
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Kiku 菊 Lady Chrysanthemumm, 青山主膳 Aoyama Shuzen and the Sara-yashiki
O-Kiku had claimed to be 青山の子 the child of Aoyama.

. Sara yashiki 皿屋敷 "the Dish Mansion" .
- where the ghost of O-Kiku comes out of a well.
The story of Aoyama Daihachi and Okiku.



歌川広重 Utagawa Hiroshige

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. Minato ku 港区 Minato ward, "Harbour ward" .


. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

. Famous Places and Powerspots of Edo 江戸の名所 .

. Doing Business in Edo - 商売 - Introduction .

. shokunin 職人 craftsman, craftsmen, artisan, Handwerker .

. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu poems in Edo .

. Japanese Architecture - The Japanese Home .

. Interior Design - The Japanese Home .

. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .


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