7/30/2008

Ochanomizu

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Ochanomizu

***** Location: Tokyo, Japan
***** Season: Non-seasonal Topic
***** Category: Earth


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Explanation


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Ochanomizu (Japanese: 御茶ノ水. 御茶の水)
is a neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan.
It extends from the Yushima section of Bunkyo-ku to the Kanda section of Chiyoda-ku. Meiji University, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, and Juntendō University all have main campuses in the area. Ochanomizu Station on the Chūō Line is the transport hub of the district. Prior to the Great Kantō earthquake, Ochanomizu University was also there; after the earthquake, it moved to its present location in the Ōtsuka neighborhood of Bunkyo-ku. Ochanomizu is also the location of the Holy Resurrection Cathedral (Nicholai-dō).

Ochanomizu is famous for its many musical instrument stores, as well as ski and snowboard shops located a short walk from the station; it is known as the "go-to" district for bargain-conscious musicians and sportsmen.

O-cha-no-mizu literally means "tea water", after the nearby Kanda River from which water was extracted to make the shogun's tea during the Edo period.

Ochanomizu Station is convenient to access Yushima Seidō, Yushima Tenjin, and Kanda Myōjin.
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Kanda River

Reference : Ochanomizu

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Hiroshige 広重
source :  morikawa


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Woodblockprint. Around 1932

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Shotei Hokuju 昇亭北寿
source :  hatsuzawa


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Kuniyoshi, Utagawa 歌川国芳
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Yushima Seido 湯島聖堂



Bakufu school at Yushima Seido (Ochanomizu, Tokyo).
Confucianism was taught to the sons of bakufu samurais.

Edo Period:
source : www.grips.ac.jp/  Pre-conditions for Industrialization


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- - - - - Founder of Yushima Seido:
. Hayashi Razan 林羅山 (1583 – March 7, 1657) .

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Kanda Myoojin 神田明神 Shrine


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切凧のくるくる舞やお茶の水
kire tako no kuru-kuru mau ya ocha no mizu

broken kite dancing
'round and 'round...
Ocha-no-Mizu


Kobayashi Issa
Tr. David Lanoue


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1 comment:

sakuo said...

一茶の頃のお茶の水はどんな感じでしょうか?いろいろ想像させてくれますね。
タコは何処から上げて居たのでしょうか?
面白いですね。

sakuo