1/12/2019

Kikuicho district Shinjuku

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Kikuichoo 喜久井町 Kikuicho district
Shinjuku, no sub-districts



The Natsume family lived in this district since the Edo period.
The father of the famous author Natsume Soseki, 夏目小兵衛直克 Natsume Kohei Naokatsu named the area after the family crest
igata ni kiku (i no kiku) 井桁に菊 well pattern 井 with chrysanthemum 菊.



He choose the characters 喜久 Ki Ku instead of 菊 kiku for chrysanthemum, to express his love for literature and auspicious meanings.

Natsume Sōseki wrote about this district in his novel
. 硝子戸の中 Inside My Glass Doors in 1915.

今私の住んでゐる近所に喜久井町といふ町がある。
これは私の生れた所だから、ほかの人よりもよく知つてゐる。(中略)この町は江戸と云つた昔には、多分存在してゐなかつたものらしい。江戸が東京に改まつた時か、それともずつと後になつてからか、年代はたしかに分らないが、何でも私の父が拵えたものに相違ないのである。私の家の定紋が井桁に菊なので、それにちなんだ菊に井戸を使つて、喜久井町としたといふ話は、父自身の口から聴いたのか、または他のものから教はつたのか、何しろ今でもまだ私の耳に残つてゐる。父は名主がなくなつてから、一時区長といふ役を勤めてゐたので、あるいはそんな自由も利いたかも知れないが、それを誇にした彼の虚栄心を、今になつて考へて見ると、厭な心持は疾くに消え去つて、ただ微笑したくなるだけである
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. Natsume Soseki 夏目漱石 (1867 – 1916) .

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夏目漱石生誕之地碑 Natsume Soseki place of birth memorial stone



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Natsumezaka 夏目坂通り Natsume road and slope



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Natsume Soseki Memorial Museum 漱石山房記念館



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Natsume Soseki was born, raised and passed away in Shinjuku. He spent the last nine years of his life in Waseda-Minamicho, where he devoted himself to writing and published many of his representative works. The house was called “Soseki Sanbo”, which many of his followers visited every Thursday. The gathering became a literary salon, which was called Mokuyokai ( Soseki Thursday meeting). In 1920, after his death, the study room, guest room and preserved, while the main building was rebuilt. Although the whole house was burnt down by an air strike in May 1945, it is still in living memory.
Shinjuku City Office is going to open the first fully-scale Soseki Museum at the site of his former residence, “Soseki Sanbo”, 7 Waseda Minamicho, in September 2017, the 150th anniversary of his birth. ...
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Waseda 早稲田 Waseda district
Waseda belonged to the district of Ushigome.
In the Edo period it was called 早稲田村 Wasedamura village.



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西早稲田 Nishi-Waseda
早稲田町 Wasedamachi
早稲田南町 Waseda Minamimachi
早稲田鶴巻町 Waseda Tsurumakicho
戸塚 Totsuka
馬場下町 Babashitacho
戸山 Toyama
喜久井町 Kikuicho, see above
原町 Haramachi
弁天町 Bentencho

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早稲田大学喜久井町キャンパス Waseda Daigaku Kikui Campus
新宿区喜久井町17



- source : waseda.jp/top/en/access/kikuicho-campus... -

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Waseda University (早稲田大学 Waseda Daigaku), abbreviated as Sōdai (早大),
is a Japanese private research university in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Founded in 1882 as 東京専門学校 the Tōkyō Senmon Gakkō by Ōkuma Shigenobu, the school was formally renamed Waseda University in 1902.
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姿見橋 Sugatami-bashi Bridge / 面影橋 Omokage-bashi / Sugatamibashi
新宿区西早稲田 Nishiwaseda


The name of the bridge is related to a legend where a man's friend fell in love with the man's beautiful wife, and the friend killed her husband, and the sad woman avenged her husband, and she threw herself in the Kanda-gawa River, after reciting a poem and looking at her reflection in the flow of the river. It is a famous spot for fireflies. There are several theories on where the bridge was located, including one which states it was located in the middle of the Kanda-gawa River where the present day Omokage-bashi Bridge is located, and another which says it was a bridge over a small river which was located slightly further north.
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. Sugatami no ike 姿見の池 Pond . - Kokubunji

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. Temple 放生寺 Hojo-Ji .
(新宿区西早稲田2-1-14)Nishi Waseda, Shinjuku

. Temple 観音寺 Kannon-Ji .
(新宿区西早稲田1-7-1)Nishiwaseda, Shinjuku

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Waseda myooga 早稲田茗荷 / みょうが Myoga from Waseda



. Vegetables from Edo 江戸伝統野菜 Edo dento yasai .


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. shokunin 職人 craftsman, craftsmen, artisan, Handwerker .

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