Category Archives: Japan

Meiji 明治, Taisho 大正 and Early Showa 昭和 Architecture in Tokyo

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In 1868, the Meiji Emperor, upon ascending to the Chrysanthemum Throne in the Imperial Capital, Kyoto 京都, subdued the Tokugawa Shogunate and abolished shogunates altogether, declaring that from henceforth, political power would once again be restored to the Monarchy. The last time … Continue reading

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Old Edo 江戸

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Underneath the contemporary glass and steel of Tokyo likes the older city of Edo, the seat of power of the Tokugawa Shogunate. The city became the de facto capital of Japan in 1603, when the Tokugawa Ieyasu consolidated power and … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II-15: Eastern Capital… (東京)

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So finally, 15 months and 14 cities later, we arrive here at the final destination of our Grand Tour of the Far East: Tokyo, also known as the Eastern Capital 東京. Tokyo is most often known as a hyper-modern metropolis – … Continue reading

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Hotel New Grand, Yokohama

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Hotel New Grand is the grande dame of Yokohama’s hospitality scene, and the only European-style grand hotel in Japan that still exists in pretty much condition as in the 1920s. The hotel was opened in 1927, four years after the … Continue reading

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Yokohama Chinatown 中華街

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If Nagasaki’s Chinatown is Japan’s oldest and most historic, Yokohama’s Chinatown, also known as Chukagai 中華街, is the nation’s largest and most bustling.  Located within the former foreign settlement of Kannai, alongside its European sibling, Bashamichi, the Chinese settlement was … Continue reading

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Yamate 山手 District, formerly known as The Bluff, Yokohama

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During the Treaty Port Era, foreign residents in Yokohama settled high up in the Yokohama Hills, which they called The Bluff. Here also was to be found the major foreign consulates of the various Great Powers with trading interest in the city. … Continue reading

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Kannai 関内 (and Bashamichi 馬車道), or the Former Foreign Settlement of Yokohama

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Yokohama was the first treaty port in Japan to be opened to foreign trade in 1859, and the heart of the foreign concession area was known (and is still known today) as Kannai 関内, or within the Kanmon 関門 (“Kan … Continue reading

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The Grand Tour II-14: Side Harbour…(横浜)

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Yokohama is the original treaty port in Japan; it was here, in 1854 that the Treaty of Amity was signed between Commodore Perry (of the United States) and Japan, which forced open Japanese ports to European trade. In fact, the … Continue reading

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The Oriental Hotel, Kobe

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The Oriental Hotel is the grande dame of the Kobe hospitality scene, and it has had a long and complicated history. The first generation of the hotel was established by a Dutchman in 1870 at Lot 6 of the Foreign … Continue reading

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Kitano-cho and the Ijinkan, Kobe 北野町と異人館

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Kitano-cho (or Kitano District) 北野町 was an extension of the Kobe Foreign Settlement, in that it was the location of the latter’s residential and consular district.  Like the Oura district in Nagasaki, Kitano is nestled at the foot of the … Continue reading

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