History UsefulNotes / Tokyo

2nd Jul '17 2:35:18 AM ddyingle
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When Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in 1853 in his Black Ships, Japan realized just how far behind they were compared with the "barbarian" West, and set upon a crash modernization program. By this point, Edo had grown to a million people, and when the capital and the Emperor were transferred to the city it was renamed Tokyo, which literally means "Eastern Capital" (東京).[[note]]Incidentally, Kyoto was renamed Saikyo (西京, "Western Capital") for a short time, and the area around Nagoya, which lies about halfway between the two cities, is sometimes known as the Chukyou Area (中京, "Central Capital".) 北京 ("Northern Capital") and 南京 ("Southern Capital") are, respectively, Beijing and Nanjing, in China while ancient China also used the east & west capital namings periodically.[[/note]] From here on, Tokyo (really all of Japan's cities) exploded in growth as the nation industrialized.

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When Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in 1853 in his Black Ships, Japan realized just how far behind they were compared with the "barbarian" West, and set upon a crash modernization program. By this point, Edo had grown to a million people, and when the capital and the Emperor were transferred to the city it was renamed Tokyo, which literally means "Eastern Capital" (東京).[[note]]Incidentally, Kyoto was renamed Saikyo (西京, "Western Capital") for a short time, and the area around Nagoya, which lies about halfway between the two cities, is sometimes known as the Chukyou Area (中京, "Central Capital".) 北京 ("Northern Capital") and 南京 ("Southern Capital") are, respectively, Beijing and Nanjing, in China while ancient China also used the east east, west & west central capital namings periodically.[[/note]] From here on, Tokyo (really all of Japan's cities) exploded in growth as the nation industrialized.
2nd Jul '17 2:23:04 AM ddyingle
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When Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in 1853 in his Black Ships, Japan realized just how far behind they were compared with the "barbarian" West, and set upon a crash modernization program. By this point, Edo had grown to a million people, and when the capital and the Emperor were transferred to the city it was renamed Tokyo, which literally means "Eastern Capital" (東京).[[note]]Incidentally, Kyoto was renamed Saikyo (西京, "Western Capital") for a short time, and the area around Nagoya, which lies about halfway between the two cities, is sometimes known as the Chukyou Area (中京, "Central Capital".) 北京 ("Northern Capital") and 南京 ("Southern Capital") are, respectively, Beijing and Nanjing, in China.[[/note]] From here on, Tokyo (really all of Japan's cities) exploded in growth as the nation industrialized.

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When Commodore Matthew Perry arrived in 1853 in his Black Ships, Japan realized just how far behind they were compared with the "barbarian" West, and set upon a crash modernization program. By this point, Edo had grown to a million people, and when the capital and the Emperor were transferred to the city it was renamed Tokyo, which literally means "Eastern Capital" (東京).[[note]]Incidentally, Kyoto was renamed Saikyo (西京, "Western Capital") for a short time, and the area around Nagoya, which lies about halfway between the two cities, is sometimes known as the Chukyou Area (中京, "Central Capital".) 北京 ("Northern Capital") and 南京 ("Southern Capital") are, respectively, Beijing and Nanjing, in China.China while ancient China also used the east & west capital namings periodically.[[/note]] From here on, Tokyo (really all of Japan's cities) exploded in growth as the nation industrialized.
18th Jun '17 5:04:30 PM nombretomado
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The special wards act much like municipalities elsewhere in Japan (they elect their own mayors and city councils) but they don't have quite as much control over their area as regular municipalities - they can't pass their own laws, for instance. Local councils do promote the local economy and take care of things like car registration (ThatOtherWiki compares the situation to the boroughs of UsefulNotes/{{London}}), mainly using money granted to them by the metropolitan government. Confusingly, each special ward titles themselves as a "City" in English (e.g., "Chiyoda City").

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The special wards act much like municipalities elsewhere in Japan (they elect their own mayors and city councils) but they don't have quite as much control over their area as regular municipalities - they can't pass their own laws, for instance. Local councils do promote the local economy and take care of things like car registration (ThatOtherWiki (Wiki/ThatOtherWiki compares the situation to the boroughs of UsefulNotes/{{London}}), mainly using money granted to them by the metropolitan government. Confusingly, each special ward titles themselves as a "City" in English (e.g., "Chiyoda City").
1st Apr '17 3:00:53 AM Khathi
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** Shinagawa station is often adevrtised as a preferrable transfer point for the tourists heading West, towards Kyoto and Osaka, as both Narita Express[[note]]A dedicated express train [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin from Narita airport]][[/note]] and Tokaido Shinkansen to Osaka stop there, and the station itself is much smaller and easier to traverse than the enormous Tokyo Station.


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** The ''gigantic'' Shinjuku Station is literally the busiest [[OverlyNarrowSuperlative passenger]] station in the world, serving about 4 million passengers a day.
7th Nov '16 1:47:02 PM 773202luna
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* Adachi
* Arakawa
** One of Tokyo's main "sleeping quarters", this ward, east of the largest of the Tokyo's main rivers, Ara, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that gave it its name]], is miles upon miles of apartment buildings and [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseArchitecture typically Japanese shoebox-sized private houses]].

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* Adachi
* Arakawa
Adachi (足立)
** One A sprawling, yet sleepy, shitamachi area, mostly wedged in between the Arakawa and Nakagawa River with a small portion stretching to the northern bank of the Sumida River. This portion is Kita-Senju, a funky residential neighborhood centered around a major transfer station (for the Joban Line Rapid service, Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express and two subway lines) of the same name.
* Arakawa (荒川)
** Another one
of Tokyo's main "sleeping quarters", this ward, east of the largest of the Tokyo's main rivers, Ara, the Arakawa River, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin that gave it its name]], is miles upon miles of apartment buildings and [[UsefulNotes/JapaneseArchitecture typically Japanese shoebox-sized private houses]].
1st Apr '16 7:15:03 AM Khathi
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*** Chiyoda extents still largely correspond to the historical outer wall of the old Edo Castle (the current Imperial Palace is just its central part) and the land that's been reclaimed from the sea since: historically, the castle ended roughly where the Tokyo Station currently sits.
16th Dec '15 4:38:18 PM nombretomado
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** [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity The Japanese equivalent of]] {{Oxbridge}} and IvyLeague is located here.

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** [[UsefulNotes/TokyoUniversity The Japanese equivalent of]] {{Oxbridge}} and IvyLeague UsefulNotes/IvyLeague is located here.
9th Nov '15 10:05:19 AM Berrenta
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** Ōkubo is most known for being Tokyo's greatest aversion to NoKoreansInJapan.

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** Ōkubo is most known for being Tokyo's greatest aversion to NoKoreansInJapan.most prominent UsefulNotes/KoreansInJapan.
24th Oct '15 9:21:26 PM Khathi
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** While Odaiba is usually being thought of being in Minato, most of it is actually in Koto technically speaking, only a very small part of the whole development (officially called Tokyo Rinkai Fukutoushin, or Tokyo Waterfront Secondary Downtown), centered around Daiba station of the Yurikamome line, is officially named Daiba and is in Minato. The rest of the neigborhood, south of Wangan Road, is actually called Aomi, and, together with neighboring Ariake island, is in Koto ward. Odaiba is a strictly unofficial name and refers to the whole area, including as well the Higashi-Yashio district in Shinagawa.



** ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin if you read Japanese - "港" literally means "port" and this ward contains the port facilities of Tokyo itself (though most actual shipping into and out of the Kanto area nowadays is in Yokohama). TokyoTower is located here. Odaiba is an island full of various amusement areas and research parks, and includes the unusually-shaped headquarters of Fuji TV, as well as a life-size Gundam.

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** ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin if you read Japanese - "港" literally means "port" and this ward contains the port facilities of Tokyo itself (though most actual shipping into and out of the Kanto area nowadays is in Yokohama). TokyoTower is located here.
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Odaiba is an island full of various amusement areas and research parks, and includes the unusually-shaped headquarters of Fuji TV, as well as a life-size Gundam.Gundam. A little known fact is that actually very little of the whole area is situated in Minato ward, most of the development being spread through the neighboring districts of Koto and Shinagawa.


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** A mostly residential and commercial district, it was formerly a large suburb and a first station on the historical Tokaido road betweeen Tokyo and Osaka.
** Together with Roppongi in Minato, the ward's Shinagawa district houses most of the foreign embassies in Tokyo.
** A ''yet another'' part of the whole Odaiba, Higashi-yashio, also happens to be there.
20th Oct '15 7:16:16 AM Khathi
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** Literally translates as [[NewNeoCity "New Lodge"]], which makes sense given this was one of the least-devastated areas of Tokyo in the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and today contains a great deal of skyscrapers. Most of the metropolitan government's offices are located here - you might recognize the building[[note]]Known among the Japanese as "the mountain of taxes", as its construction was largely funded by the surplus local taxes collected during the great property bubble, that the metropolitan government couldn't find any better way to spend on.[[/note]] as the [[Anime/DigimonTamers headquarters of Hypnos]]. When the sun goes down, the area remains lively with a wide array of entertainment options around Shinjuku Station, the most (in)famous area being [[HostessClub Kabuki-]][[RedLightDistrict cho]].

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** Literally translates as [[NewNeoCity "New Lodge"]], which makes sense given this was one of the least-devastated areas of Tokyo in the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and today contains a great deal of skyscrapers. Most of the metropolitan government's offices are located here - you might recognize the building[[note]]Known among the Japanese as "the mountain of taxes", as its construction was largely funded by the surplus local taxes collected during the great property bubble, that the metropolitan government couldn't find any better way to spend on.spend.[[/note]] as the [[Anime/DigimonTamers headquarters of Hypnos]]. When the sun goes down, the area remains lively with a wide array of entertainment options around Shinjuku Station, the most (in)famous area being [[HostessClub Kabuki-]][[RedLightDistrict cho]].
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