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Town blog

The town blog "Kanda, Jimbocho, Akihabara" outskirts

The name: machiblog3 Making day: 2008/07/07 13:48
It is town blog of Chiyoda-ku

Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/03/28 17:00

We have cherry tree blossom declaration of Yasukuni Shrine on March 21 and pass for one week in today.

Speaking of famous spot of cherry tree with pulling power, is it Kanda Myojin in the Kanda River?
In addition, individual and attractive cherry tree overwhelming person is not found.
When curve to ... left across the Nihonbashi River with cutting board bridge from Jimbocho; Chiyoda-ku government office
We see Kudan slope of entrance to Kojimachi hilly section district when we fix straight our eyes.
Otorii of Yasukuni Shrine approaches in Riki Osako near at hand, too.

The Yasukuni Shrine precincts are famous as famous spot of cherry tree, too
We aim at Chidori-ga-fuchi green walk this time.
The sun is comfortable repeatedly, but temperature is low when we enter in the shade.
We say this, and is the flowering situation of cherry tree still coming out for three minutes?

Boat floats so that plover from city park hangs deep water feeling

As temperature is slightly low, great congestion and person as we say do not appear.
We take photograph and can see cherry blossoms by stroll slowly leisurely.

Entrance to Kitanomaru-koen Park, cherry tree of field cheap Kadowaki
Being beautiful appearance to project my position on the surface of the water.

If such a low temperature lasts, is ... full-scale cherry blossom viewing all right until the end of next week?
It is slightly cold to going to see cherry blossoms at night lighted up with new weapon with much effort and is hard to go today.
Atmosphere that make which, and seems to be able to enjoy cherry tree in Tokyo for approximately another one week.

We went to Yamate for cherry tree check from Kanda 

@It was leader.

Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/03/23 10:40

"Cherry tree" which hardly asserts itself through the four seasons
Attracting people's attention suddenly "spring" of **

Most people do not know one which "we hang down, and there is cherry tree" of nothing here.
He/she tells chaaanto coming of spring to open space where person does not come near to very much every year.

Flower is only one in open space that is wintry when spring to open is excluded. Nestling figure is strangely lacking taste.
However, we felt coming of spring, and bud swelled out.

Cute flower of pinkishness is in full glory at a stretch and can reach puberty "in spring" soon in ... town.

"We hang down cherry tree" which was planted in open space only as for one
We see "printing block derived from name of a street" toward you.

By the way, where will here be?
"We hang down cherry tree" of Kanda

It has not bloomed yet this year.
Pretty flower of pinkishness will be seen one week later.
Because here seems to be redevelopment area, is it this one which we hang down, and the last sight of cherry tree is almost ...?

(we photographed image that flower bloomed last year)


Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/03/09 19:27

There was event of rakugo in English the other day.

Invite Katsura Kaishi teacher as lecturer in Institute of Kanda university of foreign languages in front of Kanda Station
Do learn that you recite rakugo in English from student? There is lecture to get
It is presentation of the English rakugo happily.

This Katsura Kaishi as Agency for Cultural Affairs interchange mission with family
We carried out vertical section English rakugo tour in the United States and were broadcasted in NHK.
In addition, it was appeared on "English deshabera knight".

At first we introduce while teacher tickles 12 students.
Visitors of venue warmed considerably, too.

We perform performance of short tale which students learned hard in English.
The diligent English rakugo provokes laughter of visitor.

Comic storyteller after having heard story of student generally is Nantes foreigner.
Does it seem to be teacher of university of Kansai in U.K.? ? ? Is it rakugo in English?
The important thing is we like Japanese culture.
We spoke strange Japanese skillfully and were ridiculous.
What is title? ? ? We know if we look at lower image. . .

How about? Is it revealed by this gesture?
In Edo "soba at time." Because he is foreigner of person from Kansai, it is "time udon".
We ask "now, nandokidai" and husband of stand and pocket money. It is that.

As for the foreigner, soba made sound and thought of dookanaaato because we could not eat
It is great thing. We made sound and pulled in udon with great relish.
Venue was wrapped in roar of laughter, too.

And keep waiting.
Bird knows, Katsura Kaishi teacher.
Heap up venue in funny episode on vertical section rakugo tour in the United States; and party.
English rakugo is strangely laughable.
Even I who do not understand English at all am laughable.
Americans seemed to laugh very much, too.
We were soaked with sweat, and act gave "zoo".

English rakugo of approximately two hours.
Kanda university of foreign languages invites a lot of people of neighborhood town assembly this time; and local contribution.
Interchange with local everybody and student will begin with such a thing, too.

We turned out to be the closing to close impression that we made hot of students.
In addition, it was English rakugo society that we wanted to hear if there was opportunity.


Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/02/26 20:30

What do you think?
It is Akihabara vehicle-free promenade.

Pitch tent in vacant land facing Chuo-dori
Akiba guide @ Masuda started signature and questionnaire activity.

It is until Sunday on 28th.

Panel of parade at the time of vehicle-free promenade start of 1973 is displayed.
Newspaper article of vehicle-free promenade at the time was posted, too.
Another 36 years are before, too.

We answer questionnaire and sign condition that person going to way does not come for and
We do contribution for security camera setting.

We always contact master with smile Akiba guide @ Masuda ↓ with a smile.
We never talk with "canned oden". . . Yes!

The following reprinted from blog of "Akiba guide @ Masuda".
Please read one with interest.


Is the Akihabara information desk since vehicle-free promenade became suspension; of most,
It is going to revive, and customer and many people of store are accompanied and are asked.
Meeting about vehicle-free promenade has been already carried out in Chiyoda-ku and police station, store, inhabitants
We actually want you to refer to agreement, dissenting opinion of various places where Akihabara is performed user of,
We established place such as the following this time.

1. About Akihabara vehicle-free promenade, we ask about opinion of people who are in town and gather up agreement, dissenting opinion together,
 We submit to Chiyoda-ku and police station as request book.
2. We work on the fund-raising
 We think about security of town of Akihabara and assume fund of live camera setting.

■Conduct summary■
1. [we work on request book, signature]
In same as above place, pitch tent, and install table; about Akihabara vehicle-free promenade revival
We have we make opinion book, and people of town fill out agreement, dissenting opinion each.
In addition, we perform signature activity in object toward the agreement.

2. [collecting box setting]
We do money that gathered with a part of live camera setting expense that thought about security of town of Akihabara.

3. [display of photograph panel of "good old" Akihabara vehicle-free promenade] ※Plan
Of Akihabara (electric shop and parts street which there is for a long time) and vehicle-free promenade start (June, 1973) those days that come in old days, and are good
We have all of you see the times that were vehicle-free promenade in true meaning by displaying photograph panel,
Reconsideration to historical vehicle-free promenade having become the injustice for youth,
In addition, town which has people of age feel nostalgic for old days, and is safe,
We make the making of opportunity having you go to visit Akihabara with grandchild.

■The conduct date and time■
Schedule Thursday, February 26, 2009, 27th Friday, 28th Saturday
Time from 11:00 to 17:00 (only on 26th from 12:00 to 17:00)
Place 1-13-1, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo (rocket Building No. 5 ruins)
    Chuo-dori DOCOMO neighboring vacant land
The administration Akihabara information desk, selection

Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/02/21 22:56

It is game of slope of man of Kanda. It is stair even if we say slope.

But town of Kanda original is ...
As it was castle town of Edo-jo Castle namely downtown area, slopes were level ground that cried.
Almost present Chuo-dori is called "street chokin"
Turf, Shimbashi, Ginza, Kyobashi, Nihonbashi, town along street of Kanda are Edo downtown areas.

We want you to be particular if Tokyo downtown area says ... "Edo downtown area" though they are enough anywhere.

It is the Meiji era and has "Kanda wards" of administrative ward percent
Merchant place spread out from samurai family place, and Surugadai of the tip of Hongo plateau was incorporated in Kanda ward, too.
As we are naming range of former Kanda ward Kanda now, it is reason why slope of plateau is slope of Kanda.

The left leads from the precincts side of "Myojin steeper slope of the two" Myojin to Myojinshita.
It is dedicated "i" "yo" "ha" "ten thousand" of Class first of Edomachi fire fighter group in the Tenpo era early years (about 1,830)
There is in this, but is it true? ? ・* * In this, try to doubt sign.

In the right, there is "steeper slope of the two" this in Surugadai. It leads to Sarugakucho from the Meiji medium- and high-levels side.
It is written that Kanda ward at the time made this in (1924) in 1924 after the Great Kanto Earthquake.
Is it ratio? It was slope which was new in this, but we had these, and movement of top and bottom would very become convenient.

Feeling that does not come when we overlook two slopes from the top.
When bottom goes straight "Myojin steeper slope of the two", Hongo Street, we face with Shohei street in hometown.
In late years as we restored, stairs of stone are maintained, and we are beautiful, and central handrail is new.

Besides, Sarugakucho is immediate to Jimbocho intersection when we go down "Surugadai steeper slope of the two".
Both sides of stone stairway have old-fashioned handrail as old days, but seem to be hard to use.
It is connecting walkway connecting school building of both sides of Meiji medium- and high-levels to be like pedestrian bridge.
Therefore stuff which is useless for commoner.
As move is decided on Meiji medium- and high-levels, this roofed passage connecting buildings is removed, too.
Furthermore, because scenery here will greatly change if we can do it in high-rise building
When it is slight more to be able to worship this scenery, there may be.

Look up at "Myojin steeper slope of the two" from bottom; and red-and-white building of the front is shrine office of Kanda Myojin.
Myojin Hall is seen on the right side.

It is linear in considerable steep slope when we look up at Surugadai "steeper slope of the two".
The top is lined only with Hamada Hospital and Sundai cramming school or big buildings.

"Myojin steeper slope of the two" is 68 steps; and difference in elevation is around 12.2m.
Surugadai "steeper slope of the two" is 73 steps; and difference in elevation is around 13.5m.

But there are five landings in Myojin steeper slope of the two in the middle of stairs.
We are persistent, but five, too. Think that is considerable characteristic and individuality, but ...
By the way, there is only one at the sixth stage in Surugadai "steeper slope of the two".
When woman goes around stairs with dress and skirt, landing seems to dance
Though seemed to be named ttende "landing"; ...
We take a break and seem to actually serve as role of prevention of fall.

It is to Yushima stand of Hongo plateau, and Kanda Myojin is known as famous spot of viewing the moon from the Edo era
That Hiroshige Utagawa describes in one of famous "famous place Edo 100 view" as ukiyoe print, too.
We just see high-rise building which is mineral matter built by redevelopment of Akihabara now.

There is this stone vote on the stone stairway side of Surugadai "steeper slope of the two". "Myojin steeper slope of the two" does not have.
Columnar sign seems to be installed in all slopes of Chiyoda-ku,
Slope where notation of this cute stone is included in slope and slope not to have meet
We wondered, but who will always install in what kind of standard?
donakakago is place where we know and will instruct even deshitara, comment.

Though compared ttenawakede, two "steeper slopes of the two"; ...
It is with the history or the number of the steps or place or difference in elevation or is with anecdote or may compare in various ways
Shall ending in a draw settle in a circle in place?

It was confrontation of slope of man♪


Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/02/16 12:53

Ancient times do not have feeling that passed for New Year holidays?
The disposal that the spring's first south wind blows late last week over Setsubun, the Risshun.
Plum misunderstood cherry tree, too, and plum bloomed; or cherry tree hamadakainaanante
Interval moaryaashinai to feel season.

There do not need to be Japanese saiji tteenoha, thing that we remember if we do not go now in kindergarten either
Next is hina doll of the March 3 "Girl's Festival", celebration of child of woman.

Long-established stores in Edo Kanda long-established store, sacred white sake of Toshimaya are the actually best
We introduce this today.

There is long-established store on the day to treat to "amazake" of hina doll how.
It is "Amano-ya" proud of the history of business of 160 years on 3, Myojin, Jinden way.

On the day because there is such a poster by ↓ such pink letter; call.


Is doll of good emperor and hina doll displayed in tea house in such ↓ of superior grade by any chance?
gen ttokukedo, tea house are charged.

"Amazake" which is made without additive in ↓ basement (muro) said alone now in Tokyo
Do not say that you do not like or do not suit to taste without drinking,
When taste "amazake" of sky Noya once.

The master of the present age
We said, "chilled amazake will be good from now on".
Recent leader likes "natto soba" of new product.
Oh, anyway

It is March 3


Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/02/04 12:31

Setsubun of last year was heavy snow.
Do you remember?
"Ogre is outside - o! House - i as for the fortune!"

Well, today "Risshun." 
It is already spring on calendar.

2:00 p.m.
It is age man and woman born under the same zodiac sign as the current year of pious people by the guidance of lumber-carriers' work song of head fireman week of Edo firefighting memory society
And line of 400 is entrance including person who is not so in the precincts.

It is scheme of veneration group-proof, shrine key scheme following head fireman.
Men of influence of town where it is said to be parish representative to follow Shinto priest.
It is attire of old ceremonial dress to iyaa - everybody, hakama.
It is some good thing. Japanese is filled with feeling.

Oh, shaven head is son of Shinsuke Minami.
Is it Esper Ito in the next?
Group of young girls seems to be idol saying AKB45 of Akiba line.
Hmm, it is ... and face that is strange even if we do.

Oh, Mayor Ishikawa elected the other day is ... with ornamental scented ball of successful thanks
chigaa - u♪

"Ogre hasoto! We hit fortune ~!"
It is the bean-scattering ceremony from Hoo the second floor. It is bean with small bag.
There were mandarin orange or candy or person including independent durability.
Well-established "Amano-ya" of Japan Airlines and approach to a shrine was popular.

With world "surprise network?" ? ? It is "Esper Ito" of this.
Pretty young lady dressed in old ceremonial dress is "Akiba guide @ Masuda" to right maid clothes.
Is maid of costume play visually, but local action is done well, and is the Sotokanda area; celebrity.

Discount: Trio the photographer
We collected data on everybody reporting on Chiyoda-ku public information.

It was event of Setsubun blessed with really good weather.
Be one year, good year this year♪


Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/02/03 21:46

Unlike Hie-jinja Shrine, Kanda Shrine
Misaki Inari Shrine close to Suidobashi Station where a local children attract attention.

We surround bean from the second floor of shrine office.

Children do calendar into a megaphone form and
We open paper bag and.
Many people gathered all over the small precincts.

Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/01/27 19:40

Lecture of Secretary General Hitoshi Okada of Chiyoda City Tourism Association

2009.01.09fri bachelor Hall

Okada to the people in the know.
Of course person not to know does not know, but ...

Manager at former University of Tokyo baseball club.
Supervision nanodea - ru which defeated Hosei University said to be the strongest which had pitcher Suguru Egawa.

Kanda is 3, Nishikicho, lecture in bachelor Hall.
You trained Univ. of Tokyo student, and how did you break law and politics how?
Anecdote with Nagashima of giant, characteristic and individuality of six universities at the time.
nadonado, story of favorite baseball was sometimes recited hot while taking big laughter with joke.

Graduate of national seven University said to be former Imperial Universities is attendance shiteirunodea - ru.
Say member of bachelor society.

Well, this bachelor Hall is precious building appointed to important cultural property of country.
Depth of 80 old oozes out.

Well, this place is the University of Tokyo birthplace.
There are monument and sign on the entrance side.

The front entrance.
As general person including restaurant and hotel becomes able to use now, too
We can look at the inside of building.
Oh, yes, lunch is in what there is at restaurant in noon, too.
Person who wants to enjoy person who is interested, person learning architecture, delicious lunch,
Please go and is better.

I see, Okada is here bachelor Hall
Reason that gave a lecture under the theme of baseball is this monument in this ground↑

This ground is "Japanese baseball birthplace" nanodea - runoda.
The Meiji era begins, and teacher of foreigner tells baseball to Japanese immediately
It was place of this bachelor Hall to have told.
Were there topknot, person who still placed sword by any chance with kimono?
It is this ground that baseball came early in the Meiji era of such most Edo era.
kyo kidea - ru♪

Detailed thing, please cause explanation of this monument.
There is in the front of exit of subway Toei Mita Line Jimbocho Station (Otemachi gathering).


Contributor: machiblog3 contribution day: 2009/01/21 10:37

In January 12 (celebration, Monday), "rice ball teahouse" (Jimbocho 1-34) in brocade bloom street
There was "meeting with jizenkobeimochi".

From opposite sisters shop "self-sufficiency" of about 11:00 a.m. "rice ball teahouse"
We put sticky rice which it was sultry manager, and went up in the steaming basket and carried.
We put sticky rice in the mortar and at first we work out with mallet and put up.


And we finally make rice cake!
"petan, petan" and good sound sound through Kanehana Street with shout of sightseer.


Made rice cake can be wrapped up in bean jam leaving soybean flour, lowering, natto, some grains,
On the dish.
Tender rice cake was very delicious and had.

Young person made flattened rice cake well, but is Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture student,
We went to farmhouse for help of rice cake making and seemed to learn every year.

In addition, age of sightseer on seeing posture of rice cake making "nyu ttoranne (laugh) waist as for the young child"
This. "Rice cake which we put waist and hit is different in tenacity. It is different from rice cake which girl and child hit
He/she told with dayo ...

Heard that borrowed mallet and mortar from town assembly, but of town assembly of the north best among God on about the daytime
We come in various places and have a pleasant chat with manager.
It is called out saying it is saying "we want such an event to be held more and more" from town assembly


"Rice cake making"
If it is one of these ordinary pastimes that gives poetic charm, but actually performs it,
A lot of traditional skill of Japan hides there.