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Why is Azabu Juban called Azabu Juban?

Why is Azabu Juban called Azabu Juban?

Well, the legend goes that…….

麻布十番  
Azabu-Juban

(Hemp Cloth #10)

This is a weird one.

The kanji can also be read as Mafu or Asanuno. The first kanji means “hemp, cannabis sativa.” One would guess the area was famous for hemp production, but to the best of my knowledge the area was famous for its horse market in the Edo Period. The area was home to the largest horse market in Japan. The Azabu area is divided into Moto-Azabu (Old Azabu), Nishi-Azabu (West Azabu), Higashi-Azabu (East) and Azabu Juban (Azabu #10), etc.

tokyo tower from azabu juban

The legend goes that the 10th construction team of a number of teams working on bridges and sewage were stationed there. The name of their banner 十番 (#10) stuck.

In the Edo Period the Sendai domain had a residence that stretched from the present Korean Embassy to Ni no Hashi. The Jūban Onari Shrine has been here since the 700’s.

The first American Embassy was located at Zenpukuji.
Kiyokawa Hachiro was killed at Ichi-no-hashi.
Henry Heusken was killed at Naka-no-hashi.
Stay away from those “hashi” (bridges).

Pissing on Henry Heusken’s grave… there was no public restroom around…. I swear!

Learn about Mita, which is right next to Azabu-Juban.

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Azabu Juban

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