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手ぬぐい「麻布十番馬場」 復刻






十番馬場の歴史 語り:郷土史家 岩田隆之



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Tenugui “Azabujuban Banba”

The woodblock print “Azabujuban Banba (means horse-riding ground in Azabujuban)” engraved by Yumi Tanaka, a Japanese painter who was active from the Edo period to the Meiji period, tells us that the present-day Azabujuban has been a part of history since the Edo period. The lively scenes of life in those days depicted in the woodblock print are dyed on the tenugui.


Yumi Tanaka

Born in Yamashiro Province (present-day Kyoto Prefecture) in 1872. Japanese painter active from the Meiji period to the early Showa period. In 1884, he moved to Tokyo on the recommendation of Emperor Meiji and Sanjo Sanetomi, and left many works related to the imperial family as a court painter.


History of Azabujuban Banba (Local historian Takayuki Iwata)

In the Edo period (1603-1868), there was a stable near the current Shin Ichinobashi intersection on Azabu Street (around Azabujuban 1-chome to Higashi-Azabu 3-chome, Minato-ku). This stable was moved from Shiba Shinbaba (north of the Satsuma clan’s residence), and was named “Juban Banba” after the name of the village in the area.

It was named “Jubanbanba” after the name of the surrounding village community at that time. Three times a year, a market was held at Jubanbanba, where Sendai pieces were traded. At this stable, hakama for riding horses were invented, which eventually became the prototype of today’s men’s hakama called “Sendai- Hakama”.

The area around “Jubanbanba” was inhabited by horse-eaters, etc. Eventually, townhouses sprang up and in 1729, with the permission of the shogunate, “Jubanbanba-cho” was established. This “Juban baba-cho” continued for 140 years until it was incorporated into Azabu Shin-ami-cho, Azabu-ku in 1869, and the name “Azabujuban” disappeared.

However, 93 years later, in 1962, the town name with the name “Azabujuban” was revived again due to the change of residential indication.


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