What kind of image do you have of Akihabara?
Electric town? Is it a town of anime and other otaku?
Here, I would like to talk about the history of Akihabara.
Originally, Akihabara was home to what was known as Chinkaisha (now Akiba Shrine).
During the Edo period (1603-1868), houses were made of wood, and when a fire broke out, the whole of Edo was often set on fire.
For this reason, the people of Edo believed in Akiba Gongen as a god of fire prevention.
Akiba Gongen is believed to be a real person. It is said that a man named Sanshakubo, who left a legend on Mt.
(There are other theories as well.)
The area around the Akiba Shrine was cleared of fire to prevent fire from spreading.
The place was called “Akiba-no-hara,” which gave rise to the name “Akihabara.
The present Akihabara’s electric town existed as a fruit and vegetable market for about 270 years since the Edo period (1603-1868).
The reason for this is that there were many waterways around Akihabara, making it easy to transport goods by ship.
There was a shipyard where Yodobashi Akiba is now located.
As a result, Akihabara has many set meal restaurants that serve large quantities of food for people who do physical labor.
At a place called Adachi’s, the amount of rice was 3.5kg. (This is the Japanese unit of measurement called “ichi-sho.”)
There are still a few of these restaurants in Akihabara today.
The Akihabara station was opened in 1919.
There was also a station called “Manseibashi Station” near Akihabara.
Banzebashi Station was set up by the Koubu Railway, which is now the JR Chuo Line.
However, due to the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923, Banzebashi Station was lost.
Akihabara Station later became a passenger station and expanded to become a station in the Akihabara area.
Mansei Bashi Sstation.