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Course 9 – Senju Walking Course | 千住コース

In Exploring and Socializing by Pjechorin


9.5 km in Total Length

Shitaya Fair Day Walk

Ueno Station – Washi Shrine

Walk from Shinobazu Pond to the front of Ueno Station and through the town of Shitaya. Shitaya’s specialties are the morning glory market at Iriya Kishimojin Shrine and the tori market at Washi Shrine. The Asagao Market, which is said to have its roots in the morning glory boom at the end of the Edo period, is a July event that was revived in 1950. Tori no Ichi in November, a festival held to pray for business prosperity, is very crowded with people looking for rakes. All of these are traditional features unique to the downtown area.

Takekurabe Senju Ohashi Walk

Washi Shrine – Kitasenju Station

The Ryusen area was the setting for Ichiyo Higuchi’s “Takekurabe.” Kazuha opened a small grocery store in this area. The willows seen at the beginning of “Takekurabe” still remain along the former Nippon Embankment (current Dote Street). From Minowa at the end of the embankment, pass through the remains of Kozukahara’s execution site and head to Nikko Kaido. Cross the Sumida River at Senju Ohashi Bridge. Basho got off the ship from Fukagawa here and set off on his journey along the “Oku no Hosomichi.” As you walk along the long, narrow old road, you will eventually see the streets of Senju, the number one inn on the Nikko Kaido.

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I have lived and worked with my family in Japan since 2005. For many years I have been interested in the very practical and creative side of Japanese culture. In my free time I travel around, enjoy hiking in the countryside and cities, and just generally seeing and doing new things. This blog is primarily a way for me to focus my energies and record and teach others about what I have learned by experience constructively. I am interested in urban development, and sustainable micro-economics, especially home-economics, and practical things everyday families can do to survive and thrive through these changing times.

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