Welcome to places in Japan
A work in progress
The plan is list the most interesting places. Show some personal
photos and find the background and history for the place. This is sort
of a learning trip for myself.
The Nihonbashi entry is a rough draft as I am still trying to find my footing.
Nihonbashi literally means "Japan
Bridge". When the government moved to Edo in
1603, Nihonbashi became the official center of Edo. It is
still considered the center today, and all distances from Tokyo to
other cities in Japan are still measured from that bridge. Today
Nihonbashi is part of the Chuo ward in Tokyo.
Our hotel was located close to this bridge (see also the 61
days to go posting) and we walked a couple of times across it
during our stay, including on the first day when we arrived in march
And a few pictures of the bridge from November following.
can see that it is impossible to get any kind of view of the Nihonbashi
bridge without the expressway on top of it. Notice the 2 tourists in
blue overcoats on the pictures and how they get farther and farther
away until they disappear in the last picture.
was a busy district during the Edo period, built around a
network of canals, which were used by merchants to bring their
goods directly to the city. Today it is a business district with mostly
banks and other financial companies, although there are some exceptions
like TDK and IBM, that have their Japanese headquarters here. There are
a number of large department stores as well, like the Mitsukoshi
department store, which has its main branch here on Chuo-dori.
expressway was built over the Nihonbashi bridge just before the 1964
Summer Olympics, obscuring the view of Mt. Fuji from the bridge and
also obscuring the view of the bridge itself. Lately there have been
petitions to move the expressway underground and bring this historical
bridge back to its past glory - well, it would be nice to be able to
walk on the bridge without the feeling of several tons of cars and
other vehicles moving swiftly above your head.
And the Starbuck's where I drank my first Cinnamon coffe and my first
coffee on Japanese ground.
There are some nice pictures of the old Nihonbashi here