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Hibiya (日比谷

Hibiya is located along Hibiya Avenue between Yūrakuchō  and Uchisaiwaichō. It was called Kōjimachi before Tokyo became what it presently is.

The name Hibiya 日比谷can be loosely translated as Seaweed Valley. A popular part of Japanese food - often used in sushi - is dried seaweed or Nori. In the past Hibiya was at the seafront, where they used to grow a certain form of Nori, called Hibi (日比). The 谷 means valley. The people used to live of clam fishing as well.

When Edo was proclaimed the capital by the Tokugawa Shogunate, Edo Castle became its seat of government. As happens all over the world, the demand for government jobs and its related supply system causes the population to increase. Edo was no exception. To catch up with demand the areas surrounding Edo Castle were developed and Hibiya became a landfill where many Daimyo started living.

In the Meiji Era Tokyo became a modern city and in Hibiya famous buildings were constructed like the Imperial Hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Rokumeikan, the first Western Style Hotel in Japan, the Tokyo Club and the City Hall of Tokyo.

Hibiya is nowadays mainly a business district, where many of the larger corporations have their head offices. It also boasts a large number of hotels and theaters. Back to top

 

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