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There are some Edo-era building that have survived or been restored, the most important are the main hall of Kan’eiji and the Toshogu Shrine to the first Tokugawa Shogun leyasu-version of the great sanctum at Nikko, in the mountains of Nagano Prefecture.
At the south end of the park is the statue of Saigo Takamori, Leader of the imperial army that overthrew the shogunate in 1868. (Saigo is a problematic hero in Japanese history; in 1871 he was killed in an unsuccessful rebellion against the very government he helped to found.) From here, it’s a short walk west to the grounds of Shinobazu Pond.
Just inside the entrance, on the right, is the Shitamachi Customs and Manners Museum. Budget some time here: it will give you a wonderfully concrete sense of the lifestyle that defined this part of the city for well over 300 years. The displays include a full scale reproduction of a nagaya (One of the long, single story row houses typical of the Edo period.) Visitors are welcome to take their shoes off and walk through the tatami-mat rooms.
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No visitor here should miss the Tokyo National Museum, a complex of four building devoted to Japanese art and archaeology dating back to the prehistoric Jomon and Yayoi periods.
Outstanding among the exhibits are Buddhist sculpture of the tenth-and 11th century Heian era, illustrated narrative scrolls form the 13th century Kamakura period, painting by the great Muromachi artist Sesshu. Also exhibited are woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai, Utamaro and Hiroshige who were Edo-period masters.
Asakusa is the heart of Shitamachi, the quarter best-beloved of that fractious, gossipy, prodigal population called the Edokko, who trace their “Downtown” roots back at least three generations.
Asakusa (浅草) is a town in the Taito Ward of Tokyo. It was the only down town area long before World War II, before Shinjuku and Shibuya became such important centers of business and commerce. Taito Ward is a part of the old "Shitamachi" or low town. This was the area of merchants and artisans who not only were lower in social standing, but the area was lower physically towards the shores and banks of the Sumida river and the surrounding areas. Asakusa's landmark, Senso-ji Temple (Asakusa Kannon Temple) is the center of the area and a hugely popular destination for both Japanese and foreign tourists.
The Asakusa area is dotted with old cafes, bookstores, theaters, and shopping districts... walking around Asakusa gives you some idea about what Tokyo used to be like before the skyscrapers and neon of Shinjuku and other areas took over the city.
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