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Nov 16, 2011

13景 下谷広小路 Shitaya Hirokoji




first posted August 27





 今の上野三丁目あたりです。
広小路というのは火災の拡大を防ぐため道幅を広げていたところのこと。
江戸時代江戸は何度も大火に見舞われていますからね。
たしかに道幅が広~い!

This is near Ueno.
Hirokoji means a very wide street. 
Fire was a big problem for the Edo goverment. It spread out so easily.
In order to prevent that, they made big open areas.
Shitaya Hirokoji was one of them. 





手前のお店は呉服小間物商。
ロゴマークでわかりますか?
今も健在松坂屋ですね!

The store on the right is a big Kimono shop at that time.
If you are living in Japan, you might recognize the logo.
Yes, it's Matsuzakaya Department store, which is still in business at the same spot!







織田信長に仕えていた伊藤蘭丸祐道(すけみち)が1611年に名古屋で「いとう呉服店」を始めたのがことの始まり。
なんと今年は創業400年ということでお祝いをしています。
おめでとうございます!

A man named Ito Ranmaru Sukemichi was a Samurai for Nobunaga Oda. 
After Nobunaga's death, he opened "Ito Kimono Shop" in Nagoya. 
That's the very beginning of this department store, and it was in 1611. 
So, this year, they are celebrating their 400th anniversary.
Way to go, Matsuzakaya!クラッカー






いとう呉服店は1768年に上野の呉服屋松坂屋を買収し江戸に進出。
松坂屋として現在にいたります。

In 1768, Ito Kimono Shop expanded its business into Edo. 
It purchased the Kimono shop Matsuzakaya in Ueno, and took the name, too.
Ever since then, Matsuzakaya enjoyed its prosperity, as one of the biggest shops in Edo.





さて、今このあたりはどうなっているんでしょう。

Now, let's see, how does it look now?





























もちろん様変わりですが、松坂屋と遠くに見える上野の緑、それに人通りの多さは変わらないですね。

Of course, it has changed so much. 
But there are things that didn't change; Matsuzakaya, the distant trees of Ueno and the busy street.

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