Toyko Canal City - Taté River
(Stereo VR180 Experience)
This episode we travel down the Taté River. If you remember the Oyoko River we visited before, your should note that “yoko” means horizontal. This river, “taté” means vertical. When the Tokugawa shogunate took control, they created many of the canals you see today. On the eastern edge of Edo (now Tokyo) canals were excavated in a grid pattern. Taté and yoko refers to their vertical or horizontal layout relative to the Sumida River. The bridges, “Ichi-no-hashi,” “Ni-no-hashi,” and “San-no-hashi” hyphenated here for emphasis means “First Bridge,” “Second Bridge,” and “Third Bridge,” as they were the first through third bridges in from the Sumida River. Many bridges have been built since, so they no longer “first” or “second.” The river intersects with the Oyoko River and beyond that it becomes a culvert, waiting for the day it sees the light of the sun again.

Note: The é used at the end of Taté is not common for the romanization of Japanese. It is used here so that people do not read it as “Tate” as in the English name.

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トウキョウ・カナル・シティ - 竪川