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Traces Of Old Edo – Yanaka Buildings

Posted in Places by tokyobling on April 24, 2015

The one area of present day Taito Ward that largely survived the fire bombings of World War II was the old Yanaka district, which is just north of present day Ueno station. Today the old town of Yanaka is quite the hit with local tourism: people from all over Tokyo is flocking to the area to sample a bit of the old time town charm that has survived. On a visit a few months ago I took these photos of old Edo period buildings, shops and temples.

Yanaka is famous outside of Tokyo as well, for its role in the a good tongue twister:

「なかなか鳴かない谷中のかなかな」Nakanaka Nakanai Yanaka No KanaKana

How fast can you say it? The sentence translates as:

The Kanakana (a type of cicada whose singing sounds like “kanakana”) of Yanaka that doesn’t really sing a lot.





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  1. Grigoris said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:37 am



    • tokyobling said, on May 19, 2015 at 2:51 am

      Thanks!! And it was great meeting you in Asakusa the other day!! I hope G and E had a good time!!


  2. Mikku said, on April 24, 2015 at 8:43 am

    I must go here when I’m next in Ueno!! Thanks for posting!


  3. Christopher Corke said, on April 24, 2015 at 2:44 pm



  4. Sebastian said, on April 27, 2015 at 5:06 pm



  5. Mustang.Koji said, on April 27, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Loved the second photo. Old versus new. Nice detail!


  6. rudyhou said, on May 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

    it would be nice to visit that interesting looking food shop/eatery.


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