10/04/2018

Hongo Kikuzaka Kikusaka district Bunkyo

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Hongoo, Hongō 本郷 Hongo district, "original hometown"
Bunkyo ward

Hongō was a ward of the former city of Tokyo until 1947, when it merged with another ward, Koishikawa, to form the modern Bunkyō ward.

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. Hongo and Haiku .

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. Morikawa 森川宿 Morikawa rest station .
- Hongo Kaneyasu かねやす famous store for medicine

. Yushima 本郷湯島 Hongo Yushima .


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Kikuzakachoo, Kikuzakachō 菊坂町 Kikuzakacho, Kikusaka district
Bunkyo, 本郷4、5丁目、 Hongo, fourth and fifth sub-district
菊坂 "chrysanthemum slope"



The name dates back to 1460.
During the Edo period, many farmers growing chrysanthemums in large fields lived on this slope.
There are other slopes near by, 本妙寺坂 Honmyojizaka, 鐙坂 Abumizaka, 梨の木坂 Nashinokizaka . . .

On top of the Kikuzaka slope is
Kikuzakadaichoo 菊坂台町 Kikuzakadai district
In 1628, it was included in the wider area 大縄拝領地.
In 1652, the great fire destroyed most of the area.

In 1682, it came under the jurisdiction of the 町奉行 Machibugyo magistrate of Edo.
A 岡場所 cheap pleasure quarter was established .

Around 1820 there lived more than 288 families in this district.
The estate 道造屋敷 Michizo Yashiki was in this district.


. March 2–3, 1657 - Great Fire of Meireki 明暦の大火 .
振袖火事 Furisode Fire - started maybe at the temple 本妙寺 Honmyo-Ji in this district.


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. Higuchi Ichiyo 樋口一葉 (1872 - 1896) .
novel writer

Former Ichiyo Higuchi Kikuzaka Residence is in Kikuzaka.
The ido 井戸 well she used is still there.



There is also 一葉が通っていた質屋跡 the remains of the pawn shop she frequented.


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夜桜やうらわかき月本郷に
yozakura ya urawakaki tsuki Hongoo ni

night cherry blossoms .
a young moon over
the student's quarter

Tr. Gabi Greve

. 石田波郷 Ishida Hakyo (1913 - 1969) .



菊坂を上り下りして一葉忌
Kikuzaka o nobori-kudari shite Ichiyo ki

walking up and down
the Chrysanthemum slope -
Ichiyo memorial day


池亀恵美子 Ikekame Emiko


菊坂といふ裏町の蒼き冷え
柴田白葉女

菊坂に聴きたる父の喇叭かな
斎藤愼爾

菊坂の路地の奥より七五三
塩谷はつ枝

菊坂や上下隣横隣 松藤夏山
夏山句集


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. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

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. 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 .

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