To trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient

by Junichi

To trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient

I live in Meguro Ward Tokyo where is located about 7Km or 4.4 miles southwest from Imperial Place. Now the place is a popular residential area, but there was a falcon hunting grounds for Tokugawa Shogun in the Edo period(1603-1868). The Ward administration annually hold a walking event to trace Tokugawa Shogun's footprints. The 15th Walking Event will be held on November 3rd 2017 and this is the route for this year. You can see lots of historical aspects by walking around Tokyo.

Starting from Hibiya ParkTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
The park is located next to Imperial Palace. The Palace used to be the residence of Tokugawa Shogun and was called Edo Castle. The Emperor Meiji moved Edo from Kyoto in 1868 and Edo changed its name to Tokyo and became the capital in 1869. Tokyo literally means 'East Kyoto.' The Hibiya Park opened in 1903.

Liberty BellTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
This is a replica of the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia and was donated from people in the U.S.

A restaurant in the parkTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
This restaurant was also established in 1903.

'Haniwa' Clay imagesTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
These dolls are called 'Haniwa' and they are replicas. Haniwas were originally made between late 3rd century and late 6th century. They were buried in the grave of the King as a substitute for sacrifice.

A historical buildingTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
This building was built in 1929. It was designed for earthquake resistant after the Great Kanto Earthquake.

Ginza willow, second generationTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
Ginza used to be wetlands, so cherry, maple or pine trees didn't grow up as street trees. Then willows were planted in 1877. All of willows were burned down during WW2. Willows were planted again after WW2 and this tree is the second generation after the WW2.

Former Shinbashi Station building (replica)To trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
The first railway started its operation in 1872 between Shinbashi and Yokohama. The old station was reconstructed to commemorate the establishment of Japan Railway.

The old trackTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient

The headquarter of a broadcasting TV stationTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
Nippon Television Network Corporation is the oldest commercial broadcasting TV station in Japan.

Hayao Miyazaki's big clockTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
The gimmick clock sings at noon, 3, 6, 8 p.m. on every weekday plus 10 a.m. on weekends.

A cannelTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
This is the back side of Hama Imperial Villa (current Hama Royal Garden).

The Takeshiba Wharf ParkTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient To trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient To trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
Passenger liners to Izu Seven Islands or Ogasawara Islands leave this port. It's good place to have rest.

The Shin-shiba ParkTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
This park is located at the river mouth of the Furukawa River. We go up walking along the river.

Tokyo Tower from Akabane-bashi bridgeTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
This is one of the best places to see the Tokyo Tower.

River is a memory of the land. Rain water and spring water have been carving the land through thousands of years. Furukawa river is a typical urban stream, so it was modified to avoid flood and supported the life of people. Most of Furukawa river is covered by the Metropolitan expressway in order to support the development of Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964. Although the Furukawa river changed from it used to be, we can see some memories and history from the river. I love to walk along rivers. It's fun!

Keio University elementary schoolTo trace Tokugawa Shogun (General Tokugawa) by his footprints where he went and returned to ancient
Keio University is one of the best universities in Japan. 'It is said that heaven does not create one man above or below another man.' is the motto of the founder Yukichi FUKUZAWA.

This place is called Tengenji-bashi and the start of the Furukawa river. The upper stream of this river is called the Shibuya-gawa river. The Shibuya-gawa river starts from Shinjuku-gyoen, or Shinjuku Imperial Gardens, runs through Harajuku area and Shibuya area. A tributary stream called Kogai-gawa river joins Shibuya-gawa river at Tengenji-bashi and lower stream is called the Furukawa river.

There is a slope called Chaya-zaka in Meguro ward. 'Chaya' means cafe and 'zaka' means slope, so it's literary means slope of cafe. The party of Tokugawa Shogun had a rest at the cafe. We can see the statement of delivery from this cafe at the Meguro history museum.
Edo period and the monarchy based on the feudal system ended 150 years ago, but Edo period is the longest term without big war and lasted 260 years. We are still able to see footprints form that peaceful era. Why don't you trace such kind of footprints?


16 Aug 2017


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