11/30/2018

Ueno Taito ward

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. Famous Places and Power spots of Edo 江戸の名所 .
- Shinobazu no Ike Pond, see below
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Ueno 上野 Ueno district
Taito ward

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... best known as the home of Ueno Station and Ueno Park.
Ueno is also home to some of Tokyo's finest cultural sites, including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, and the National Science Museum, as well as a major public concert hall. Many Buddhist temples are in the area, including the Bentendo temple dedicated to goddess Benzaiten, on an island in Shinobazu Pond. The Kanei-ji, a major temple of the Tokugawa shoguns, stood in this area, and its pagoda is now within the grounds of the Ueno Zoo. Nearby is the Ueno Tōshōgū, a Shinto shrine to Tokugawa Ieyasu.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


. Ameyoko あめよこ (アメ横) Ueno .

. Okachimachi 御徒町 Okachimachi district .


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上野山した」 Uenoyama Shita
歌川広重 Utagawa Hiroshige 名所江戸百景 Meisho Edo Hyakkei

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. Kawase Hasui 川瀬巴水 (1883 - 1957) .
woodblock prints


清水堂 Ueno Kiyomizudo



上野東照宮 Snow at Toshogu in Ueno

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Shinobazu no Ike 不忍池 Shinobazu Pond

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... a pond within Ueno Park (a spacious public park located in the Ueno section of Taitō, Tokyo, Japan), and a historically prominent Shitamachi feature often appearing in history and works of art. The park occupies the site of the former Kanei-ji, a temple closely associated with the Tokugawa shōguns, who had built it to guard Edo Castle against the northeast, a direction believed to be unlucky by traditional geomancy. The temple was destroyed during the Boshin War. The pond, although modified many times and even once drained, is natural.
... Situated in the south of Ueno Park, the pond is divided in three sections (see map), one called
Lotus Pond (蓮の池 Hasu no Ike) because of the plants that during the summer completely cover its surface, one called
Boat Pond (ボートの池 Bōto no Ike) from the rental boats it hosts, and the third called
Cormorant Pond (鵜の池 U no Ike), which lies within the limits of the Ueno Zoo and takes its name from the birds that inhabit it.
- - - Origin of the name
According to the stone inscription on Benten Island, the area between the Ueno Plateau and the Hongo Plateau used to be called Shinobugaoka (忍ヶ丘), and the pond just took its name from it, but there are alternative theories.
According to one, the early name Shinowazu (篠輪津 Shino wa zu) due to the presence of bamboo grass later turned into Shinobazu.
Another claims the name comes from the habit of young men and women to meet secretly here.
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Rainy Night at Shinobazu Pond / Misty Evening at Shinobazu Pond
Shiro Kasamatsu

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Flower Viewing at Shinobazu Pond
『江戸名所図会』 不忍池 蓮見


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Shinobazu no Ike, Pond in Ueno
Odano Naotake”Toeizan Shinobazuike”(1770s)
Akita Museum of Modern Art
. Akita ranga 秋田蘭画 Paintings from the Akita school .

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江戸高名会亭尽 下谷広小路 Shitaya Hirokoji
歌川広重 Utagawa Hiroshige

In front of the temple Kanei-Ji were many shopping areas and restaurants.
From a restaurant where Shinobazu Pond can be seen, people eating
. hasumeshi 蓮飯 special lotus rice .
and other lotus dishes

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. Legends from Shinobazu Pond .

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. Kobayashi Issa 小林一茶 - in Edo .

夕涼や草臥に出る上野山
yuusuzu ya kutabire ni deru Ueno yama

evening cool--
weariness sets in
on Ueno Hill

Tr. David Lanoue


. yuusuzumi 夕涼み enjoy a cool evening breeze .
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. Taitoo, Taitō 台東区 Taito Ward .


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

. Edo bakufu 江戸幕府 The Edo Government .

. 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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