Ichikawa city / The Short Summary Of Ichikawa-shi
Ichikawa city is on the western part of Chiba prefecture
, so it is also east side of Tokyo
. And also Ichikawa city is located on the middle of Narita International
Airport and Haneda International Airport, therefore almost foreigners had
visited Japan might have passed Ichikawa city once or more.
Ichikawa city has many historical remains. There was the provincial government
of Shimousa in the classic Japan at west part of the city, Konodai. And
the kokubun-ji Temple was built in Nara period, and Nakayama Hokekyo-ji
Temple, one of the grand headquarter of Nichiren Sect, is there in the
city. And the Mikoshi daiku carpenters who specially construct Mikoshi
live at Gyotoku in Ichikawa city, and they built and repair most Mikoshis
in Japan. And many artists and writers , Hakushu Kitahara, Rohan Koda,
Kafu Nagai, Kaii Higashiyama, Masashi Sada, Hiroshi Motomiya, Hisashi Inoue
and so on lived and live in. Sometimes, Ichikawa appears on their works.
The city name of Ichikawa named after 2 stories, one said that the city
was along the Edo river, the biggest river in the Eastern Japan, therefore
the first river is spoken as Ichi-Kawa in Japanese, then the city was named
'Ichikawa' in the ancient time. And other said that there were big markets
on the river, Japanese call market 'Ichi' and river 'Kawa', then the name
Ichikawa was created. Anyway Ichikawa has long history.
It is said that people has lived in Ichikawa area since twenty thousands
years ago. In the city, there are several shell middens, so Ubayama, Soya
and Horinouchi shell midden are the larger horseshoe shaped middens than
any other middens in Japan. And Ichikawa has the remains of the governor
office of the classic district Shimousa and Shimousa Kokubun-ji Temple.
And the legend of Mama-no-tekona was written in Manyoshu (Collection for
a Myriad Ages). The first the name of Ichikawa had appeared on the book
'Gikei-ki' (the record of Yoshitsune), and that said that Minamoto-no-Yoritomo
who was the first Shogun and founded the Kamakura Bakufu took his army
and reached at Ichikawa in Matsudo-sho after he rebuilt his army at Awa-no-kuni
after he had lost the battle of Mt.Ishibashi in Sagami-no-kuni (Kanagawa Prefecture
). In Kamakura period (1185~1333), Nichiren who was the founder of Nichiren
Sect in Buddhism started his missionary works at Nakayama in Ichikawa city.
His first preaching spot as Nakayama Hokekyo-ji preserves many important
cultural and historical properties including the tow National Treasures
of Japan. During Sengoku Period (The Warring States Period), Hojo at Odawara
(in Kanagawa prefecture) and Satomi at Awa (the southern Chiba prefecture)
had fought at Konodai twice, and finally Hojo won the battle of Konodai.
In Edo period (1603~1867), Tokugawa Clan who was the Shogun family directly
controlled most part of the city, so the salt made in Gyotoku was very
famous. It was introduced on the book 'Edo-meisho-zue' (The guidebook for
tourists in Edo period) .
Even now, people could feel the history in Ichikawa city. And also they
could get much nature and natural products from the sea and the earth.
In northern part of the city, farmers growing pears flourishes, so the
city has much nature as in the metropolitan area. It takes only 20 minutes
from Tokyo Station to Ichikawa Station by JR East. And also it takes 50
minutes from Narita International Airport to Keisei-Yawata Station by Keisei
Line. So Ichikawa is easy to live, over 450 thousand people live in.
Now Ichikawa city has many historical assets; Nakayama Hokakyoji Temple
, Mamasan Guboji Temple, Katsushika Hachimangu Shrine and so forth have
their own history and important properties. And also Higashiyama Kaii Memorial
Hall preserves his great works and exhibits them. Moreover on the first
Saturday of August, almost millions of people visit to watch the Fireworks
Display for Residents in the Cool Summer Evening in Edogawa River. Ichikawa
has great accessibility both Tokyo (Haneda International Airport) and Narita
International Airport. Why don't you visit Ichikawa city?
* If you want to know more about Ichikawa city, why don't you visit the
site 'A Walk In Nakayama Shimousa
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Ichikawa City has very long history and there are a lot of historical
assets in the city. Moreover it is very close to the center of Tokyo
and Narita International Airport, tourists could easily feel and touch
Japanese culture. Why don't you visit Ichikawa City?
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