Setagaya, Tokyo


Setagaya, Tokyo

Japanese city
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JapaneseName=世田谷区
Prefecture=Tokyo
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nihongo|Setagaya|世田谷区|Setagaya-ku is one of the 23 special wards of Tokyo, Japan. It is also the name of a neighborhood within the ward. The ward calls itself the City of Setagaya in English. Its official bird is the Azure-winged Magpie, its flower the Fringed Orchid, and its tree the zelkova.

It has the largest population and second largest area (after Ōta) of Tokyo's 23 special wards.

Setagaya has sister-city relationships with Winnipeg, Manitoba in Canada; the Döbling district of Vienna, Austria; and Bunbury, Western Australia.

Geography

Setagaya sits at the southwestern corner of the 23 special wards. The Tama River separates it from Kanagawa Prefecture. Many railroads extend radially from the center of Tokyo, passing through Setagaya.

Most of the land is in the Musashino tableland. The parts along the Tama River to the south are comparatively low-lying.

The population of Setagaya is among the highest in Tokyo, and there are many residential neighborhoods.

History

The special ward of Setagaya was founded on March 15, 1947.

During the Edo period, 42 villages occupied the area. With the abolition of the han system in 1871, the central and eastern portions became part of Tokyo Prefecture while the rest became part of Kanagawa Prefecture; in 1893, some areas were transferred to Tokyo Prefecture. With the establishment of Setagaya Ward (an ordinary ward) in the old Tokyo City in 1932, and further consolidation in 1936, Setagaya took its present boundaries.

Landmarks

*Carrot Tower (at 124 m, the tallest building in Setagaya Ward)
*Gōtoku-ji, a temple with the grave of Ii Naosuke, assassinated outside the Sakurada Gate of Edo Castle
*Hanegi Park [http://maps.google.com/maps?q=http://bbs.keyhole.com/ubb/download.php?Number=1167883&t=k&om=1 Google Maps]
*Hasegawa Machiko Art Museum
*Kikokushijo Academy International School
*Kinuta Park
*Kuhombutsu
*Komazawa Olympic Park
*Oya Soichi Bunko
*St. Mary's International School
*Sakura-shinmachi
*Setagaya Art Museum
*Setagaya Castle ruins
*Setagaya Business Square (SBS)
*Tamagawadai Park
*Zenyōmitsu-ji
*NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories

Places

*Setagaya
**Sangenjaya
**Setagaya
*Matsubara
**Higashi-Matsubara
*Kitazawa
**Shimokitazawa
**Meidaimae
*Tamagawa
**Futako-Tamagawa
**Yōga
**Todoroki
*Kinuta
**Seijō
**Kinuta
**Soshigaya
*Karasuyama
**Karasuyama

Transportation

Rail

*Keio Electric Railway
**Keiō Line: Daitabashi, Meidai-mae, Shimo Takaido, Sakura Josui, Kami Kitazawa, Hachiman Yama, Roka Koen, Chitose-Karasuyama Stations
**Keiō Inokashira Line: Ikenoue, Shimo-Kitazawa, Shindaita, Higashi-Matsubara, Meidaimae Stations
*Tokyu Corporation
**Tōkyū Setagaya Line: Sangen-Jaya, Nishi Taishido, Wakabayashi, Shoin Jinja-mae, Setagaya, Kami Machi, Miyanosaka, Yamashita, Matsubara, Shimo Takaido Stations
**Tōkyū Den-en-toshi Line: Ikejiri Ohashi, Sangen-Jaya, Komazawa Daigaku, Sakura Shinmachi, Yōga, Futako-Tamagawa Stations
**Tōkyū Ōimachi Line: Midorigaoka, Kuhon-butsu, Oyamadai, Todoroki, Kaminoge, Futako-Tamagawa Stations
**Tōkyū Meguro Line: Okusawa Station
**Tōkyū Tōyoko Line
*Odakyu Electric Railway Odawara Line: ja-stalink|Higashi-Kitazawa, ja-stalink|Setagaya-Daita|Shimo-Kitazawa, ja-stalink|Setagaya-Daita, ja-stalink|Umegaoka, ja-stalink|Gōtokuji, ja-stalink|Kyōdō, ja-stalink|Chitose-Funabashi, ja-stalink|Soshigaya-Ōkura, Seijōgakuen-Mae, Kitami Stations

Education

Setagaya operates public elementary and junior high schools.

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education operates public high schools.
*Chitosegaoka High School [http://www.chitosegaoka-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Engei High School [http://www.engei-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Fukasawa High School [http://www.fukasawa-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Matsubara High School [http://www.matsubara-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Roka High School [http://www.roka-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Sakuramachi High School [http://www.sakuramachi-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Setagaya Izumi High School [http://www.setagayaizumi-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Setagaya Sogo High School [http://www.setagaya-sogo-j.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Setagaya Technical High School [http://www.setagayakogyo-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Sogo Technical High School [http://www.sougou-kouka-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]
*Tamagawa High School [http://www.tamagawa-h.metro.tokyo.jp/]

The metropolis operates the Kugayama School for the Blind [http://www.kugayama-sb.metro.tokyo.jp/] .

Famous people born in Setagaya

* Toyohiro Akiyama, cosmonaut
* Kaori Ekuni, author
* Mayuko Fukuda, actress
* Mieko Hirota, singer
* Aki Hoshino, actress and gravure idol
* Sayaka Kanda, singer and actress; daughter of Seiko Matsuda
* Eiko Koike, actress and gravure idol
* Hideo Kojima, video game designer
* Jun Shibata, singer
* Anne Suzuki, actress

ee also

References

External links

* [http://www.city.setagaya.tokyo.jp/english/index.html Setagaya official website] in English
* [http://wikitravel.org/en/article/Tokyo/Setagaya Wikitravel: Tokyo/Setagaya]
* [http://www.city.setagaya.tokyo.jp/english/eigo_koho/2008/0804/index.html Population figures in English March 1, 2008 ]
* [http://www.city.setagaya.tokyo.jp/english/eigo_koho/2004/0412/0412index.html Population figures in English November 1, 2004 ]
* [http://www.city.setagaya.tokyo.jp/toukei/index.html Population figures in Japanese December 1, 2004]


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