By Ayn Gonzales
Nihonbashi was first built in 1603, when Tokugawa Ieyasu planned the construction of a network of 'expressways' to all over Japan. Today’s bridge is the 19th generation. In 1604, Ieyasu chose Nihonbashi as the starting point for Japan's five most important roads. And so, since then, point zero (0km, then 1km, 2km, etc.) has been situated here at Nihonbashi.
Japanese have always enjoyed shopping here. A picture scroll, Kidaishoran, painted in 1805, shows us the hustle and bustle of Edo city. A reproduction panel of this painting is exhibited at the underground concourse of “Mitsukoshi-mae” subway station. And we can also enjoy shopping and food that features sophisticated Edo culture, at the new shopping complex, COREDO Muromachi. There are many very nice cafés, restaurants, and gift shops inside it.
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Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS: An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here. 日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。