Tokyo: The Short Summary Of The Capital Tokyo
Tokyo is the Capital of Japan locats on the center of the main land of
Japan. Chiba prefecture
is on the east, Saitama prefecture
is on the north and its south, there is Kanagawa prefecture
In 1457, Dokan Ota
, a samurai worrier in Muromachi Period
, built Edojo castle
. This is the first event that Tokyo appeared on the history of Japan.
Before that, it was very tiny village beside the Tokyo Bay. At that time,
Tokyo had no adequate land to cultivate, eastern Tokyo was called Katsushika
where Arakawa River, Watarase-gawa River and Tone-gawa River
flowed through, then there had been flood frequently.
His son named his direct descendant family Edo Ota Clan
, and he based in Edo
. In 1524, Suketaka Ota surrendered to Hojo Clan in Odawara
(Kanagawa Prefecture) and opened Edojo castle In 1564. After that, the
descendants of Dokan Ota
(The southern Chiba prefecture)and Satake in Hitachi-no-kuni (Ibaraki
prefecture), finally the Ota served Tokugawa in Edo. In 1590, Hideyoshi Toyotomi
won the Siege of Odawara, the Hojo Clan ruined, the Satomi declined, the
Satake moved to north, so Ieyasu Tokugawa
moved to Edojo castle, and he gained the position of the Shogun who was
the military leader of samurais could control Japan after the Battle of
Sekigahara in 1600, so he founded the Bakufu (the Edo Shogunate)in Edo
in 1603. The Ota served Tokugawa
trough Edo Period
, then the Ota had kept the position of Daimyo (the lord) until Meiji Period, and the family received a viscount.
Under the controlling of Tokugawa, Edo was developed rapidly to be the
center of Samurais society and to be one of the biggest cities in the world,
so its population is over a million in 18th century. Moreover Ieyasu planned
to change the flow of Tone-gawa River from south to east, so the river
flowed into the Tokyo Bay in early Edo period. At that time, Ara-kawa river,
Tone-gawa river and Watarase-gawa river flowed in the Bay together, so
the land they flowing had frequently been flooded. Then Ieyasu Tokugawa
planned it to get much harvest and protect his province firmly, so he commanded
to the big construction project such as the changing flow of Tone-gawa
river to east to Choshi (the east of Chiba prefecture) . In 1683 (or in
1622-43), the range of Edo (Tokyo) was changed with the construction. The
boundary between Edo (Musashi
) and Shimousa
(Chiba prefecture) moved to east, from Sumida River to Edo River
. So the boundary between Chiba and Tokyo was registered since then.
In 1868, after the Meiji Restoration, the Meiji government changed its name Tokyo, and it became the Capital of Japan. Now its population is over 13 millions.
No.14 in the map below is Tokyo.