10/12/2018

Arakawa ward

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Arakawa ku 荒川区 Arakawa ward - "wild river"



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The ward takes its name from the river, the Arakawa, though the Arakawa River does not run through or touch the ward. Its neighbors are the wards of Adachi, Kita, Bunkyo, Taito and Sumida. In English, the ward calls itself Arakawa City.
... The Sumida River forms the northern boundary.
- History
The area was mainly agricultural in the Edo period. In 1651, Kozukappara, the Tokugawa's largest execution ground (now located next to Minami-Senju station), was built.
Beginning in the Meiji era, the area became industrial as factories were built on the water front.
In 1932, it became one of the 35 wards of Tokyo City.
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Arakawa 荒川(あらかわ)(in the middle)
Higashi-Nippori 東日暮里(ひがしにっぽり) / Nishi-Nippori 西日暮里(にしにっぽり)
Higashi-Ogu 東尾久(ひがしおぐ) / Nishi-Ogu 西尾久(にしおぐ)
Machiya 町屋(まちや)
Minami-Senju 南千住(みなみせんじゅ)

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. Kozukappara keijō 小塚原刑場 execution ground .

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Arakawa 荒川 Arakawa district - "wild river"
Arakawa, 荒川 一丁目-八丁目 from first to 8th sub-district

Located in the middle of Arakawa ward, see map above.
The name comes from the river Arakawa. In 1932 the districts of 南千住 Minami-Senju, 日暮里 Nippori,
三河島 Mikawashima and 尾久 Ogu became part of Arakawa ward.
The river Arakawa was then relocated and called 隅田川 Sumidagawa.



五月雨(荒川) May Rain Arakawa

. Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883 - 1957) .


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Machiya 町屋 district
Arakawa, 町屋 一丁目-八丁目 from first to 8th sub-district



machi 町 is a place where many people meet, ya 屋 means a home or house.

A district with the atmosphere of Shitamachi, Downtown Edo.
The many old wooden houses pose a threat in case of fire.


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Nippori 日暮里 district
Arakawa, 日暮里 一丁目-六丁目 from first to 6th sub-district

During the Edo period, this was 新堀村 Nippori mura, "village with a new moat".
A retainer of Ota Dokan named 新堀玄蕃 Nippori Genba, lived here, hence the name.
Now,
A 里 district where you can 暮 spend 日 one day without getting bored, 「日暮らしの里」higurashi no sato.

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Traditional fabrics, ancient temple grounds, and a 1950s-style amusement park
Adjacent to the retro-chic neighborhood of Ueno, Nippori maintains a similar old-school appeal.
DIY hobbyists will love Nippori Textile District, a one-kilometer stretch of road occupied by textile and fabric stores. You’ll find affordable cloth, buttons, and traditional fabrics available in both personal and wholesale volumes. Also nearby is Arakawa Yuen, an amusement park boasting classic rides for kids, a petting zoo, and a summertime splash zone. Temple lovers will enjoy Tennoji Temple and the surrounding Yanaka neighborhood directly adjacent to Nippori Station


- - - A century-old street for garment makers and artisans - 日暮里繊維街
Dating back to the early Taisho period (1910s), the Nippori Textile District is Tokyo’s fabric town, offering every fabric and sewing tool imaginable. The approximately 100 stores cater to both personal hobbyists and wholesale buyers. Take your time exploring each shop to find what you’re looking for.
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Landscaped Gardens at the Nippori Temple - Higurashi no sato jiin no rinsen
Utagawa Hiroshige



Nippori Suwanodai / Suwa Bluff at Nippori
Utagawa Hiroshige


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. Oota Dookan, Ōta Dōkan 太田道灌 Ota Dokan (1432 - 1486) .

. Suwa Jinja 諏訪神社, 西日暮里 Nishi-Nippori .


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Ogu 尾久 / 尾久町 Ogu machi - district
Arakawa 尾久 一丁目-八丁目 from the first to the 8th sub-district
The name could be spelled おうぐ ougu, oogu 小具, 越具, or 奥.

In the Kamakura period, there was 武蔵国豊島郡小具郷 Musashi no kuni, Toshima district,
小具郷 Ogu no sato - Ogu village
Or the name refers to the fact that
in the Edo period 北の奥(おく) the Northern Part of Oku, the Harem of the Shogun, could be seen from here.
In 1889, the name was changed to 尾久村 Ogu mura village.



The station name is spelled Oku 「おく」 尾久駅.

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あらかわの今昔ものがたり Arakawa Konjaku Monogatari - Tales



荒川ふるさと文化館 - 荒川区南千住六丁目63番1号 - 3 PDF-files
- reference source : city.arakawa.tokyo.jp/arapura... -

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. Legends and Tales from Japan 伝説 - Introduction .

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ichoo 異鳥 a strange bird - 新堀村 Nippori village
The headman of Nippori village, 権四郎 Gonshiro, had a sugi 杉 cedar tree near his home. Around April he heard a strange voice calling every night, ポンポン pon-pon pon-pon,
The voice reverberated in all directions.
A month later a villager caught a strange bird. It was twice as big as a hishikui 鵁 bean goose (Anser fabalis), its wings sparkled like 瑠璃色 lapis lazuli, the circles around its eyes sparkled like gold. Its legs were all yellow.

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. Oide Kitsune, Oidegitsune 御出狐 the Fox Oide .
and the Shrine おいで稲荷 Oide Inari

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arasoi sugi 争い杉 dispute about a cedar tree
Once upon a time, Ota Dokan and another Samurai saw a tree, and one said "It is a 杉 cedar", while the other said "It is a matsu 松 pine".
It turned out to be a cedar, so Dokan killed the samurai and the tree was named "disputed cedar tree", "cedar to fight about".

. sugi 杉 cedar, Cryptomeria .

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. chifusu to densetsu チフスと伝説 Legends about typhus .
Once the younger sister of 新井つね Arai Tsune had typhus. In her dream she saw a priest in red robes who told her:
"If you go in this direction, you will die."
As the woman lie in high fever, she heard the voice of her crying baby and came back to her senses. Gradually she healed completely.

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- reference : nichibun yokai database -

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