7/15/2018

Shibuya ward

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Shibuya ku 渋谷区 Shibuya ward



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Shibuya, literally "Astringent Valley",
is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. A major commercial and business center, it houses the two busiest railway stations in the world, Shinjuku Station (southern half) and Shibuya Station.
The name "Shibuya" is also used to refer to the shopping district which surrounds Shibuya Station, one of Tokyo's busiest railway stations. This area is known as one of the fashion centers of Japan, particularly for young people, and as a major nightlife area.
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Shibuya was historically the site of a castle in which the Shibuya family resided from the 11th century through the Edo period. Following the opening of the Yamanote Line in 1885, Shibuya began to emerge as a railway terminal for southwestern Tokyo and eventually as a major commercial and entertainment center.
The village of Shibuya
was incorporated in 1889 by the merger of the villages of Kami-Shibuya, Naka-Shibuya and Shimo-Shibuya within Minami-Toshima County (Toyotama County from 1896).
The village covered the territory of modern-day Shibuya Station area as well as the Hiroo, Daikanyama, Aoyama and Ebisu areas. Shibuya became a town in 1909.
The town of Shibuya merged with the neighboring towns of Sendagaya (which included the modern Sendagaya, Harajuku and Jingumae areas) and Yoyohata (which included the modern Yoyogi and Hatagaya areas) to form Shibuya suburban ward of Tokyo-fu (outside of the central Tokyo City) in 1932. Tokyo-fu became Tokyo Metropolis in 1943, and the present-day Shibuya-ku was established as an urban special ward on March 15, 1947.
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幡ヶ谷地域 Hatagaya
笹塚、幡ヶ谷、本町 - Sasazuka, Hatagaya, Honmachi

. Yoyogi 代々木 Yoyogi district .
上原、大山町、西原、初台、元代々木町、富ヶ谷、代々木神園町、代々木
Uehara, Ōyamachō, Nishihara, Hatsudai, Motoyoyogichō, Tomigaya, Yoyogikamizonochō

千駄ヶ谷地域 Sendagaya
千駄ヶ谷、神宮前 Sendagaya, Jingūmae
. Ondenmura, Onden mura 隠田村/ 穏田村 Onden village "with secret fields" .
..... Jingumae 神宮前 Jingu-mae first to sixth sub-district

恵比寿 . 大向 地域 Ebisu-Ōmukai
神山町、神南、宇田川町、松濤、神泉町、円山町、南平台町、桜丘町、鉢山町、鶯谷町、代官山町、恵比寿西、恵比寿南
Kamiyamachō, Jinnan, Udagawachō, Shōtō, Shinsenchō, Maruyamachō, Nanpeidaichō, Sakuragaokachō, Hachiyamachō, Uguisudanichō, Sarugakuchō, Daikan'yamachō, Ebisunishi, Ebisuminami
. Dōgenzaka 道玄坂 Dogenzaka slope .
. Ebisu 恵比寿 Ebisu district .
. Sarugakuchoo 猿楽町 Sarugaku Cho, Sarugaku district / 神田猿楽町 .
. Shootoo, Shōtō 松濤 Shoto district .
. Udagawachō 宇田川町 Udagawa district .
. Uguisudanichō 鶯谷町 Uguisudani .

氷川・新橋地域 Hikawa-Shimbashi
渋谷 Shibuya、東 Higashi、広尾 Hiro、恵比寿 Ebisu


. Aoyama 青山 Aoyama district, "Green Mountain" .
港区 Minato ward

Daikanyama 代官山, former 代官山町 Daikanyamacho district
Daikanyama, the Brooklyn of the Japanese capital.
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Shibuyakawa, Shibuyagawa 渋谷川 Shibuya-gawa, River Shibuya


広尾ふる川 River flowing through Hiroo
広重 Hiroshige (名所江戸百景)


. River 宇田川 Udagawa .
a tributary of the river 渋谷川 Shibuyagawa.


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. 渋谷 ハチ公 Hachiko statue of the faithful dog !


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渋谷金王丸伝説 The Legend of Shibuya Konnomaru - Kabuki play



. 金王八幡宮 Konno Hachimangu Shrine / Azabu Kogaicho 麻布笄町 .
and the legend of 金剛夜叉明王 Konno Yasha Myo-O.



. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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. Hatagaya Fudo 幡ヶ谷不動 / 荘厳寺 Shogon-Ji .
藤原秀郷 Fujiwara Hidesato came here to pray for victory against 平将門 Taira no Masakado.

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bakemono ばけ物 Monster
In 1929, there were rumors about a monster at the student's dormitory of 青山の大学 Aoyama University.
Someone heard a strange voice, puffing「はっ、はっ、はっ」 haff-haff-haff.

Later the origin of the voice became clear. It was an old white dog passing by.

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Aoyama Gakuin University (青山学院大学 Aoyama Gakuin Daigaku, AGU) is a private university in Shibuya, Tokyo.
Originally established in 1874 by missionaries from the Methodist Episcopal Church, it was reconfigured in its current form in 1949 as part of Aoyama Gakuin. Aoyama Gakuin University celebrated its 140-year anniversary in 2014 and is one of Japan's oldest higher education facilities.
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hitokui matsu 人喰松 "man-eating pine"
At the 渋谷道玄坂 Dogenzaka slope in Shibuya there is a pine tree with this name.
During the restructuring of modern Tokyo, this tree had to be moved. Two sisters living in Setagaya were very pious, chanting the 法華経 Hokekyo Sutra and got a message from the Deity.
In former times something bad had been buried under the roots of this tree and cursed the people. When they eventually dug below the roots, they found the bones of a hebi 蛇 serpent. During the recital of the Sutra, the serpent turned all white and made its way up into the heaven.

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ishi no zoo 石の像 stone statue
At the temple Chokoku-Ji (Hasedera) in Shibuya there was a stone statue of an onigo 鬼子 "demon child". It used to grant wishes and was thus quite popular. But after about 6 month, nobody came any more. This statue had originally been in the private garden, but this family had gone extinct.
When the statue was moved to another estate, the people also got ill . . . so the statue was placed in the temple.

長谷寺(ちょうこくじ)Chokoku-Ji
東京都港区西麻布二丁目 now Minato ward, Nishi-Azabu / former 下渋谷村 Shimo-Shibuya mura
The temple was founded in 1598, but was completely distroyed in the second world war.
The new modern building houses a statue of Kannon Bosatsu which is 10 meters high.

It is Nr. 22 of the pilgrimage 江戸三十三箇所観音霊場

. . Kannon Bosatsu 観音菩薩 Avalokiteshvara .

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. 河童 / かっぱ / カッパ - Kappa, the Water Goblin of Japan! .

Once 折口信夫 Orikuchi Shinobu gave a lecture in Shibuya about the literature of Kappa.
Suddenly all became quite dim and dark and people heard the footsteps of a Kappa walking over the desk, leaving wet spots on it. Then the footsteps went on to the door and out.

Shinobu Orikuchi (1887 - 1953),
also known as Chōkū Shaku (釋迢空 Shaku Chōkū), was a Japanese ethnologist, linguist, folklorist, novelist, and poet. As a disciple of Kunio Yanagita, he established an original academic field named "Orikuchiism" (折口学 Orikuchigaku), which is a mixture of Japanese folklore, Japanese classics, and Shintō.

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. kori 狐狸と伝説 Legends about fox and Tanuki badger .

The lord of the castle from 下総国印旛郡佐倉 the Sakura domaine in Chiba, 堀田備中守正篤 Hotta Masahiro (堀田正睦 Hotta Masayoshi), had his Shimoyashiki residence in Edo in Shibuya.
Once late at night, the doctor 三輪玄春 Miwa Genshun had been visiting and on his way back, he got lost and did not come home. A few days later they found his dead body in the weeds way back in the garden. He must have been bewitched by a fox or Tanuki.

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. Oman enoki オマンエノキ nettle tree of Lady O-Man .
O-Man お万の方, concubine of 徳川家康の側室 Tokugawa Ieyasu

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