Urayasu is a city located in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. As of December 1, 2015, the city had an estimated population of 163,258, a population density of 9490 persons per km²; the total area is 17.30 square kilometres. Urayasu is best known as the home of the Tokyo Disney Resort, which opened in April 1983, the headquarters of The Oriental Land Company. Urayasu is located in the delta of the Edo River; the river separates it from the Edogawa ward of Tokyo. There are two parts to Urayasu: the original fishing village on Tokyo Bay, the newer reclaimed land portion that adjoins Tokyo Disneyland; the new landfill area is called "Shin-Urayasu", has an "American" inspired layout, with a grid-like map of wide streets, large sidewalks, palm trees and parks. The buildings are some having views on Tokyo Bay. Urayasu is one of the most sought after areas in the metropolitan area for young families to live. However, plans are under way to turn the local school facilities into retirement facilities in the future.
Urayasu was affected by the March 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The reclaimed land across most of northern Chiba Prefecture was damaged by soil liquefaction in the earthquake. Urayasu, with major areas of reclaimed land, had as much as 85% of the utility infrastructure, roads and houses damaged or affected to some degree by soil liquefaction; the damage cost the city ¥73.4 billion to repair. Chiba Prefecture IchikawaTokyo Metropolis Edogawa-ku The area around Urayasu was tenryo territory within Shimōsa Province controlled directly by the Tokugawa shogunate during the Edo period. Urayasu served as an important fishing village for the Edo capitol; until the industrialization of the city it was a major center of production of nori, an edible seaweed, the common orient clam, asari, the Japanese cockle. All three are important elements of the traditional Japanese diet. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868 the area became part of Chiba Prefecture. Urayasu Village was created on April 1, 1889 under Higashikatsushika District with the establishment of the municipalities system.
Urayasu became a town in September 1909. Many of the residents of Urayasu perished during the 1944 Bombing of Tokyo. Urayasu grew in the 1960s and 1970s with massive landfill projects along the shores of Tokyo Bay, public housing projects, increasing infrastructure. Urayasu became part of the Keiyō Industrial Zone in this period, which spans from the city across the Tokyo Bay coast of Chiba Prefecture to Futtsu to the south. An area of the Tokyo Bay near the town was reclaimed form. Fishing was abandoned in Urayasu in 1971 due to the industrialization of the city. Urayasu was elevated to city status on April 1, 1981. Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 on 200 acres in Maihama. Urayasu is a bedroom community for nearby Chiba and Tokyo; the primary employer in the city is The Oriental Land Company and businesses related to Tokyo Disney Resort. Meikai University Juntendo University Ryotokuji University Public: Urayasu High School Urayasu Minami High School (千葉県立浦安南高等学校Private schools: Tokyo Gakkan Urayasu High School Tokai University Urayasu Junior & Senior High School Urayasu has nine public and two private middle schools, 17 elementary schools.
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Tokyo Tokyo Metropolis, one of the 47 prefectures of Japan, has served as the Japanese capital since 1869. As of 2018, the Greater Tokyo Area ranked as the most populous metropolitan area in the world; the urban area houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan, of the Japanese government and of the National Diet. Tokyo forms part of the Kantō region on the southeastern side of Japan's main island and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo was named Edo when Shōgun Tokugawa Ieyasu made the city his headquarters in 1603, it became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in 1868. Tokyo Metropolis formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo. Tokyo is referred to as a city but is known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo; the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo were Tokyo City. On July 1, 1943, it merged with Tokyo Prefecture and became Tokyo Metropolis with an additional 26 municipalities in the western part of the prefecture, the Izu islands and Ogasawara islands south of Tokyo.
The population of the special wards is over 9 million people, with the total population of Tokyo Metropolis exceeding 13.8 million. The prefecture is part of the world's most populous metropolitan area called the Greater Tokyo Area with over 38 million people and the world's largest urban agglomeration economy; as of 2011, Tokyo hosted 51 of the Fortune Global 500 companies, the highest number of any city in the world at that time. Tokyo ranked third in the International Financial Centres Development Index; the city is home to various television networks such as Fuji TV, Tokyo MX, TV Tokyo, TV Asahi, Nippon Television, NHK and the Tokyo Broadcasting System. Tokyo third in the Global Cities Index; the GaWC's 2018 inventory classified Tokyo as an alpha+ world city – and as of 2014 TripAdvisor's World City Survey ranked Tokyo first in its "Best overall experience" category. As of 2018 Tokyo ranked as the 2nd-most expensive city for expatriates, according to the Mercer consulting firm, and the world's 11th-most expensive city according to the Economist Intelligence Unit's cost-of-living survey.
In 2015, Tokyo was named the Most Liveable City in the world by the magazine Monocle. The Michelin Guide has awarded Tokyo by far the most Michelin stars of any city in the world. Tokyo was ranked first out of all sixty cities in the 2017 Safe Cities Index; the QS Best Student Cities ranked Tokyo as the 3rd-best city in the world to be a university student in 2016 and 2nd in 2018. Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics, the 1979 G-7 summit, the 1986 G-7 summit, the 1993 G-7 summit, will host the 2019 Rugby World Cup, the 2020 Summer Olympics and the 2020 Summer Paralympics. Tokyo was known as Edo, which means "estuary", its name was changed to Tokyo when it became the imperial capital with the arrival of Emperor Meiji in 1868, in line with the East Asian tradition of including the word capital in the name of the capital city. During the early Meiji period, the city was called "Tōkei", an alternative pronunciation for the same characters representing "Tokyo", making it a kanji homograph; some surviving official English documents use the spelling "Tokei".
The name Tokyo was first suggested in 1813 in the book Kondō Hisaku, written by Satō Nobuhiro. When Ōkubo Toshimichi proposed the renaming to the government during the Meiji Restoration, according to Oda Kanshi, he got the idea from that book. Tokyo was a small fishing village named Edo, in what was part of the old Musashi Province. Edo was first fortified in the late twelfth century. In 1457, Ōta Dōkan built Edo Castle. In 1590, Tokugawa Ieyasu was transferred from Mikawa Province to Kantō region; when he became shōgun in 1603, Edo became the center of his ruling. During the subsequent Edo period, Edo grew into one of the largest cities in the world with a population topping one million by the 18th century, but Edo was Tokugawa's home and was not capital of Japan. The Emperor himself lived in Kyoto from 794 to 1868 as capital of Japan. During the Edo era, the city enjoyed a prolonged period of peace known as the Pax Tokugawa, in the presence of such peace, Edo adopted a stringent policy of seclusion, which helped to perpetuate the lack of any serious military threat to the city.
The absence of war-inflicted devastation allowed Edo to devote the majority of its resources to rebuilding in the wake of the consistent fires and other devastating natural disasters that plagued the city. However, this prolonged period of seclusion came to an end with the arrival of American Commodore Matthew C. Perry in 1853. Commodore Perry forced the opening of the ports of Shimoda and Hakodate, leading to an increase in the demand for new foreign goods and subsequently a severe rise in inflation. Social unrest mounted in the wake of these higher prices and culminated in widespread rebellions and demonstrations in the form of the "smashing" of rice establishments. Meanwhile, supporters of the Meiji Emperor leveraged the disruption that t
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium
Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium is an indoor sporting arena located in Namba, Japan. It first opened in 1952 and the current building was constructed in 1987, it is the venue of a professional sumo tournament held in March every year. The capacity of the arena is 8,000 people, its total revenue for the 2006 fiscal year was 260 million yen. In April 2008 the Japan Sumo Association made clear its surprise at plans by the prefectural government to demolish the gymnasium and sell the vacant lot. In March 2012, the arena was renamed Bodymaker Colosseum after the naming rights were sold to sports apparel company BB Sports for the next three years; the name was changed back in April 2015. In June 2015, the Edion Corporation signed a three-year deal for the arena's naming rights, renaming it Edion Arena Osaka; the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium is featured in the manga/anime series Fighting Spirit as one of the venues the boxers fight at. It is included in the video game adaptation of the series, Victorious Boxers.
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Setagaya is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is the name of a neighborhood and administrative district within the ward; the ward calls itself Setagaya City in English. Its official bird is the azure-winged magpie, its flower the fringed orchid, its tree the Zelkova serrata. Setagaya has second largest area of Tokyo's special wards; as of March 1, 2018, the ward has an estimated population of 900,095, a population density of 15,497.50 persons per km2 with the total area of 58.08 km2. Setagaya is located at the southwestern corner of the Tokyo's special wards and Tama River separates the boundary between Tokyo Metropolis and Kanagawa Prefecture. Residential population is among the highest in Tokyo as there are many residential neighbourhoods within Setagaya. Setagaya is served by various rail services providing frequent 2 to 3 minutes headway rush hour services to the busiest train terminals of Shinjuku and Shibuya as well as through service trains which continue travelling on to the Tokyo Metro lines providing direct access to the central commercial and business districts.
Most rail lines run parallel from east to west and there are no north to south rail services within Setagaya, except for Setagaya Line light rail. The ward is divided into five districts; these are Setagaya, Tamagawa and Karasuyama. The main ward office and municipal assembly is located in Setagaya District, but other districts have its own branch ward offices as a part of the administrative structure; each branch offices provide identical services as the main office, but does not provide the services related to municipal assembly. Most of the land is in the Musashino Tableland; the parts along the Tama River to the south are comparatively low-lying. The special ward of Setagaya was founded on March 15, 1947. During the Edo period, 42 villages occupied the area. With the abolition of the han system in 1871, the central and eastern portions became part of Tokyo Prefecture while the rest became part of Kanagawa Prefecture. With the establishment of Setagaya Ward in the old Tokyo City in 1932, further consolidation in 1936, Setagaya took its present boundaries.
During the 1964 Summer Olympics, the district of Karasuyama-machi in Setagaya was part of the athletics marathon and 50 km walk event. Carrot Tower Gōtoku-ji, a temple with the grave of Ii Naosuke, assassinated outside the Sakurada Gate of Edo Castle Hanegi Park Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum Kinuta Park Komazawa Olympic Park NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories Oya Soichi Bunko St. Mary's International School Sakura-shinmachi Seikadō Bunko Art Museum Seisen International School Setagaya Art Museum Setagaya Business Square Setagaya Castle ruins Setagaya Literary Museum Tamagawadai Park Zenyōmitsu-ji Setagaya Sangenjaya Setagaya Matsubara Higashi-Matsubara Kitazawa Shimokitazawa Meidaimae Tamagawa Futako-Tamagawa: Major commercial and residential district located by the Tama River. Yōga Kamata Todoroki Kinuta Seijō Kinuta Soshigaya Karasuyama Karasuyama Keio Corporation Keiō Line: Daitabashi, Meidai-mae, Shimo Takaido, Sakura Josui, Kami Kitazawa, Hachiman Yama, Roka Koen, Chitose-Karasuyama Stations Keio Inokashira Line: Ikenoue, Shimo-Kitazawa, Higashi-Matsubara, Meidaimae Stations Odakyu Electric Railway Odawara Line: Higashi-Kitazawa, Shimo-Kitazawa, Setagaya-Daita, Umegaoka, Gōtokuji, Kyōdō, Chitose-Funabashi, Soshigaya-Ōkura, Seijōgakuen-Mae, Kitami Stations Tokyu Corporation Den-en-toshi Line: Ikejiri Ohashi, Sangen-Jaya, Komazawa Daigaku, Sakura Shinmachi, Yōga, Futako-Tamagawa Stations Meguro Line: Okusawa Station Oimachi Line: Midorigaoka, Kuhon-butsu, Todoroki, Futako-Tamagawa Stations Setagaya Line: Sangen-Jaya, Nishi Taishido, Shoin Jinja-mae, Kami Machi, Yamashita, Shimo Takaido Stations Toyoko Line: Chūō Expressway Daisan Keihin Road Shuto Expressway No. 3 Shibuya Route No. 4 Shinjuku Route Tomei Expressway National Route 20 National Route 246 National Route 466 On April 25, 2011, amid national concern over the safety of nuclear power triggered by the March 11 earthquake and Fukushima I nuclear accidents, former Social Democratic Party Upper House House of Councillors legislator Nobuto Hosaka was elected mayor on an anti-nuclear platform.
Prior to becoming mayor, Hosaka was well-known for his staunch opposition of the death penalty and his defense of Japan's Otaku culture. Cookie Jar Entertainment had its Japan offices in Setagaya. Game Freak has its Japan offices in Setagaya. Ivan Ramen restaurant: a ramen shop owned by an American chef. OLM, Inc. has its studios in Setagaya. Toho has studio facilities in Setagaya. Universities and colleges with campuses in Setagaya include: Showa Women's University Komazawa University Nihon University Nippon Sport Science University Kokushikan University Sanno Institute of Management Tokyo City University Tokyo University of Agriculture Central Theological College, TokyoSetagaya operates public elementary and junior high schools; the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates public high schools. The following schools are nationally or operated; the following schools are operated by Setagaya. The following schools are nationally or operated; the following schools are operated. Former international schools: Tokyo No. 8 Korean Elementary School - North Korean school Setagaya has sister-city relationships with Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada.
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Tokyo Bay NK Hall
Tokyo Bay NK Hall was an indoor sporting arena located at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, in Japan. The capacity of the arena is 7,000 people, it hosts local sporting concerts that require a smaller facility than Ariake Coliseum. 1993 Japan Music Awards on November 16, 1993. Venue for the UFC 23 event. Held the first SASUKE competition in 1997
Differ Ariake was an indoor sporting arena located in the Ariake neighborhood of Tokyo, Japan. The capacity of the arena is 1,246 seats and it was opened in 1999, it is used for professional wrestling and martial arts events. The arena became known as the home of Pro Wrestling Noah, housing the promotion's offices and training dojo. On December 31, 2005, jazz-funk trio Medeski, Martin & Wood performed at Differ Ariake to a appreciative audience; the arena may be reached on a short walk from either Ariake Tennis no Mori Station on the New Transit Yurikamome or Kokusai-Tenjijō Station on the Rinkai Line. Differ Ariake is scheduled to close in June 2018. Official Site
The Kansai region or the Kinki region lies in the southern-central region of Japan's main island Honshū. The region includes the prefectures of Mie, Wakayama, Osaka, Hyōgo and Shiga, sometimes Fukui and Tottori. While the use of the terms "Kansai" and "Kinki" have changed over history, in most modern contexts the use of the two terms is interchangeable; the urban region of Osaka and Kyoto is the second-most populated in Japan after the Greater Tokyo Area. The Kansai region is a cultural center and the historical heart of Japan, with 11% of the nation's land area and 22,757,897 residents as of 2010; the Osaka Plain with the cities of Osaka and Kyoto forms the core of the region, from there the Kansai area stretches west along the Seto Inland Sea towards Kobe and Himeji and east encompassing Lake Biwa, Japan's largest freshwater lake. In the north, the region is bordered by the Sea of Japan, to the south by the Kii Peninsula and the Pacific Ocean, to the east by the Ibuki Mountains and Ise Bay.
Four of Japan's national parks lie in whole or in part. The area contains six of the seven top prefectures in terms of national treasures. Other geographical features include Awaji Island in Hyōgo; the Kansai region is compared with the Kantō region, which lies to its east and consists of Tokyo and the surrounding area. Whereas the Kantō region is symbolic of standardization throughout Japan, the Kansai region displays many more idiosyncrasies – the culture in Kyoto, the mercantilism of Osaka, the history of Nara, or the cosmopolitanism of Kobe – and represents the focus of counterculture in Japan; this East-West rivalry has deep historical roots from the Edo period. With a samurai population of less than 1% the culture of the merchant city of Osaka stood in sharp contrast to that of Edo, the seat of power for the Tokugawa shogunate. Many characteristic traits of Kansai people descend from Osaka merchant culture. Catherine Maxwell, an editor for the newsletter Omusubi, writes: "Kansai residents are seen as being pragmatic, down-to-earth and possessing a strong sense of humor.
Kantō people, on the other hand, are perceived as more sophisticated and formal, in keeping with Tokyo’s history and modern status as the nation’s capital and largest metropolis."Kansai is known for its food Osaka, as supported by the saying "Kyotoites are ruined by overspending on clothing, Osakans are ruined by overspending on food". Popular Osakan dishes include takoyaki, kitsune udon and kushikatsu. Kyoto is considered a mecca of traditional Japanese cuisine like kaiseki. Kansai has many wagyu brands such as Kobe beef and Tajima cattle from Hyōgo, Matsusaka beef from Mie and Ōmi beef from Shiga. Sake is another specialty of the region, the areas of Nada-Gogō and Fushimi produce 45% of all sake in Japan; as opposed to food from Eastern Japan, food in the Kansai area tends to be sweeter, foods such as nattō tend to be less popular. The dialects of the people from the Kansai region called Kansai-ben, have their own variations of pronunciation and grammar. Kansai-ben is the group of dialects spoken in the Kansai area, but is treated as a dialect in its own right.
Kansai is one of the most prosperous areas for baseball in Japan. Two Nippon Professional Baseball teams, Hanshin Tigers and Orix Buffaloes, are based in Kansai. Koshien Stadium, the home stadium of the Hanshin Tigers, is famous for the nationwide high school baseball tournaments. In association football, the Kansai Soccer League was founded in 1966 and has 16 teams in two divisions. Cerezo Osaka, Gamba Osaka, Vissel Kobe belong to J. League Division 1 and Kyoto Sanga F. C. belongs to the top professional leagues in Japan. The terms Kansai and Kinai have a deep history, dating back as far as the nation of Japan itself; as a part of the Ritsuryō reforms of the seventh and eighth centuries, the Gokishichidō system established the provinces of Yamato, Kawachi and Izumi. Kinai and Kinki, both meaning "the neighbourhood of the capital", referred to these provinces. In common usage, Kinai now refers to the center of the Kansai region. Kansai in its original usage refers to the land west of the Osaka Tollgate, the border between Yamashiro Province and Ōmi Province.
During the Kamakura period, this border was redefined to include Iga Provinces. It is not until the Edo period. Like all regions of Japan, the Kansai region is not an administrative unit, but rather a cultural and historical one, which emerged much during the Heian Period after the expansion of Japan saw the development of the Kantō region to the east and the need to differentiate what was the center of Japan in Kansai emerged; the Kansai region lays claim to the earliest beginnings of Japanese civilization. It was Nara, the most eastern point on the Silk Road, that became the site of Japan's first permanent capital; this period saw the spread of Buddhism to Japan and the construction of Tōdai-ji in 745. The Kansai region boasts the Shinto religion's holiest shrine at Ise Shrine in Mie prefecture; the Heian period saw the capital moved to Heian-kyō, where it would remain for over a thousand years until the Meiji Restoration. During this golden age, the Kansai region would give birth to traditional Japanese culture.
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