Tsuki no Misaki

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Painting of Hiroshige, Tsuki no Misaki, from One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Tsuki no Misaki(月の岬 or 月の見崎), meaning "Headland of the Moon", was a name formerly in use for part of a plateau in Mita, Minato-ku, Tokyo in Japan. One explanation of the name is that it was considered a particularly good place to view the moon over what is now Tokyo Bay.

Mita, Minato, Tokyo District in Tokyo, Japan

Mita (三田) is a district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan, located near Akabanebashi Station on the Toei Ōedo Line, Tamachi Station on the Yamanote Line, and Mita Station on the Toei Mita Line.

Minato, Tokyo Special ward in Kantō, Japan

Minato is a special ward in Tokyo, Japan. It is also called Minato City in English.

Tokyo Capital of Japan

Tokyo, officially 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, Honshu, and includes the Izu Islands and Ogasawara Islands. Tokyo was formerly 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; at that time Edo was renamed Tokyo. The Tokyo Metropolis formed in 1943 from the merger of the former Tokyo Prefecture and the city of Tokyo. Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo.

In the Edo period, it was well known as one of seven capes (七崎Nanasaki) around the Edo area, the other six being Shiomizaki(潮見崎), Sodegazaki(袖が崎), Ōsaki (大崎), Kōranzaki(荒蘭崎), Chiyogasaki(千代が崎) and Chōnangasaki(長南が崎).

Edo period period of Japanese history

The Edo period or Tokugawa period (徳川時代) is the period between 1603 and 1868 in the history of Japan, when Japanese society was under the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and the country's 300 regional daimyō. The period was characterized by economic growth, strict social order, isolationist foreign policies, a stable population, "no more wars", and popular enjoyment of arts and culture. The shogunate was officially established in Edo on March 24, 1603, by Tokugawa Ieyasu. The period came to an end with the Meiji Restoration on May 3, 1868, after the fall of Edo.

Ōsaki, Tokyo town located in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

Ōsaki (大崎) is a primarily commercial district in the northern part of Shinagawa, Tokyo, Japan. By today, this district has completed several urban renewal programs around Ōsaki Station of Yamanote Line, which include Ohsaki New City, Gate City Ohsaki (1999), Art Village Osaki (2007), Oval Court Ohsaki (2004), and ThinkPark (2007).

The name had become obsolete by the middle or late Meiji period, when references were made to the loss of the view due to new buildings. [1]

Akimoto Chūnagon(秋元中納言) composed a tanka on Tsuki no Misaki: [2]

Aki naraba
Tsuki no Misaki ya
Na wa natsuyama no
Shigemi no mishite

There are some origin candidates for it, which might be originated from admiration of nice view including the moon: [3]

Tokugawa Ieyasu Founder and first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan

Tokugawa Ieyasu was the founder and first shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan, which effectively ruled Japan from the Battle of Sekigahara in 1600 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. Ieyasu seized power in 1600, received appointment as shōgun in 1603, and abdicated from office in 1605, but remained in power until his death in 1616. His given name is sometimes spelled Iyeyasu, according to the historical pronunciation of the kana character he. Ieyasu was posthumously enshrined at Nikkō Tōshō-gū with the name Tōshō Daigongen (東照大権現). He was one of the three unifiers of Japan, along with his former lord Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi.

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Japanese artist Hiroshige designed a couple of prints of the moon seen over the bay from within a tea-house or brothel on Tsuki no Misaki. Some doubt has been expressed as to whether these prints depict this location, or one at Yatsuyama(八つ山) in Shinagawa, [8] but Yatsuyama was leveled and its soil was used to construct Daiba in the late Edo period. [9]

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  1. Shinsen Tōkyō Meishozue(新選東京名所図会) (Fuzokugahō(風俗画報) Extra Edition) in 1901-2 (Meiji 34-5) Tōyōdō(東陽堂)
    Tōkyō Annai(東京案内) in 1907 (Meiji 40)
  2. Tōtokikō(東都紀行) in 1719 (Kyōhō 4).
  3. Kindai En'kaku Zushu Shiba / Mita / Shibaura(近代沿革図集芝・三田・芝浦) Minato Ward Library Jin'bunsha
  4. Jippōanyūrekizakki(十方庵遊歴雑記) in 1814 (Bunka 11).
  5. Bunseimachikatakakiage(文政町方書上) in 1827-8 (Bunsei 10-11).
  6. Gofunaibikō(御府内備考) in 1829 (Bunsei 12). Daienji is now in Suginami, Tokyo;
  7. Edo Meisho Zue in 1836 (Tenpo 7).
  8. Hiroshigega Meisho Edo Hyakkei(広重画 名所江戸百景)Miyao Shigewo(宮尾しげを) Shueisha in 1992.
  9. History of Shinagawa ward (Shinagawa-ku shi(品川区史)) in 1973-74