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Asakusabashi (浅草橋) is a neighborhood of Taitō, Tokyo.

The district is known for its large stores selling traditional Japanese dolls (although some of the largest doll stores, such as Kyugetsu and Shugestu, are located across Edo-dori avenue, thus belonging to the Yanagibashi neighborhood) and it hosts a very large concentration of beads stores.

The Ryuhoku campus of the Lycée franco-japonais de Tokyo (Franco-Japanese High School of Tokyo) is also located in this neighborhood.

 
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San'ya (山谷 San'ya?) is an area of Taito ward located in Tokyo, Japan. It is not a governmental entity, but rather a region with a distinct culture; it is an area of crowded, cheap rooming houses where day workers live.[1]

San'ya dates to the Edo period. Lower caste workers, butchers, tanners, leatherworkers, and the like, were forced to live in this undesirable region by the predominantly Buddhist authorities. It has retained its association with both lower class workers and with craftsmen. Within the past few years gentrification has begun to encroach on the area.

 

Ueno (上野?) is a district in Tokyo's Taitō Ward, best known as the home of Ueno Station and Ueno Park. Ueno is also home to some of Tokyo's finest cultural sites, including the Tokyo National Museum, the National Museum of Western Art, and the National Science Museum, as well as a major public concert hall. Many Buddhist temples are in the area, including the Bentendo temple dedicated to goddess Benzaiten, on an island in Shinobazu Pond. The Kan'ei-ji, a major temple of the Tokugawa shoguns, stood in this area, and its pagoda is now within the grounds of the Ueno Zoo. Nearby is the Ueno Tōshōgū, a Shinto shrine to Tokugawa Ieyasu. Near the Tokyo National Museum there's The International Library of Children's Literature. Just south of the station is the Ameyayokocho, a street market district that evolved out of an open-air black market that sprung up after World War II. Just east is the Ueno motorcycle district, with English-speaking staff available in some stores.

Ueno is part of the historical Shitamachi (literally "low city") district of Japan, a working class area rather than where the aristocrats and rich merchants lived. Today the immediate area, due to its close proximity to a major transportation hub, retains high land value but just a short walk away to the east or north reveals some of the less glitzy architecture of Tokyo.

Ueno Park and Ueno Station are also home to a large percentage of Tokyo's homeless population. Though nearly invisible in other parts of Tokyo, the homeless population in Ueno can be found sleeping or communing in large numbers around the "ike" (ponds) of this district.

 

 
 
 

 

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