Experience Japan's Historic Edo Period (1603-1868) Today in Tokyo and Tochigi Prefectures

Edo Cultural history is alive in Architecture, Crafts, Festivals, and Cuisine
By: Tobu Railway Company LTD
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Uzuma River, Tochigi City, Edo Atmosphere
Uzuma River, Tochigi City, Edo Atmosphere
SUMIDA-KU, Japan - May 22, 2019 - PRLog -- Edo is the old name for Tokyo and the Edo period was a thriving time in the "Kanto" region of Eastern Japan. There are several places – in both Tokyo and Tochigi Prefectures – where the old Edo atmosphere still lives on -- in architecture, crafts, festivals, and cuisine.

A journey into History at the Edo-Tokyo Museum

In the downtown "Shitamachi" region of Tokyo's historic Sumida-ward, the Edo-Tokyo Museum (https://www.edo-tokyo-museum.or.jp/en/) displays artifacts and models revealing the evolution of Edo's history, culture and lifestyle from its initial rule by Ieyasu Tokugawa – the first Tokugawa Shogun --through the 400 years of Tokugawa Shogun dominance.

Exhibits provide information on Edo Castle and the castle town as well as the influx of Western culture after Japan opened itself up to the outside world. To ensure that even non-Japanese speaking tourists get the most out of the museum, a free guide service is available in eight languages, whether reserved in advance or booked on the day.

Traces of Edo in the History and Culture of Tochigi City

From Tobu Asakusa Station it's just 70 minutes north on the Tobu Railway Line to Tochigi City. Here, traditional warehouses from the Edo period and Western-style buildings from Japan's early modern period define the townscape. Authentic local food – from miso to wagashi to sake (https://travel.tochigiji.or.jp/en/features/gourmet/) and handicrafts – from Handmade lanterns, Zashiki Hoki (handy broom), Mikamo Yaki Pottery (http://www.tochigi-brand.jp/brand/index.php?c=4) also contribute to the unique historic ambiance. Tochigi City issues a "Tochigi City One-Day Citizen Passport" (https://www.tochigi-kankou.or.jp/assets/data/one-day-pass.pdf) that provides discounts to these various choice attractions and experiences.

·         Architecture

Within Tochigi City, the historic Warehouses in the Kura-no-Machi district are particularly notable. This area along the Uzuma River prospered through river-based trade during the Edo period and to this day includes numerous historic, Edo era buildings. The Kura-no Machi Yuransen sightseeing boat (http://www.k-yuransen.com/) lets visitors relive age-old Edo scenes right from the river.

·         Edo-era Festivals and Events

The Uzuma River Andon (Lantern) Festival, which runs for approximately two months during the summer, features warehouse-designed paper lanterns adorning vibrant festival floats. On a Sunday in early August (2019 date TBA), the evening Buddhist festival of Hyaku Hatto Nagashi (https://ohmatsuri.com/en/matsuri-list/hyaku-hatto-nagashi) sets the river aglow, as a sacred boat carrying 108 candles – representing the worldly desires -- glides the Uzumagawa accompanied by traditional music. Every two years, the Tochigi Autumn Festival (https://travel.tochigiji.or.jp/en/things-to-do/58/) showcases lavishly decorated and intricately carved floats, while digital technology at the Tochigi Dashi Kaikan (https://www.tokyocreative.com/sights/1557-tochigi-dashi-kaikan) – the museum where these floats are housed -- lets visitors experience the power and beauty of the festival at any time. Traditional Japanese confectionery events with chefs from the long-established confectionery store Yamamoto Sohonten (https://travel.tochigiji.or.jp/en/things-to-do/132/) are also popular.

·         Tochigi Edo Cuisine

Many dishes developed in the Edo era play an important role in traditional Japanese cuisine today. Since 2016 Tochigi Edo Cuisine (http://tochigi-edo.jp/) has been serving up the food and hospitality of that period within the historic surroundings of Tochigi. The Kanahan Ryokan inn (http://www.kanahan-ryokan.jp/), founded more than 200 years ago, is also a great spot for food and accommodation in the center of the town.

More Information on Tochigi City: https://www.tochigi-kankou.or.jp/

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About Tobu Railway Company Ltd. :

TOBU Railway Company, Ltd.
is a major Japanese corporation consisting of approximately 90 companies. The Tobu Railways cover the longest operating distance in Metropolitan Tokyo and lead to numerous tourist attractions including: Asakusa and Tokyo SKYTREE TOWN in Tokyo; Nikko and Kinugawa Onsen, famous its world heritage sites and hot springs; the Tatebayashi and Ashikaga areas, known for beautiful blooming flower fields; and Kawagoe, where the atmosphere of the old Edo era lives on. Tobu is also invested in numerous hotels, including the highly anticipated luxury properties: Nikko Fufu Resort and The Ritz Carlton Nikko, both of which will open in 2020, in time for the Tokyo Olympics.

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