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Posted: Jan 7 2018, 10:15 PM
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Meguro ward is a small area in Southern Edo. This area is the gateway to Edo's foreigners controlled southern district and acts as a gateway between Eastern and Western cultures. Japanese restaurants cook with foreign spices and Japanese and European architecture stand side by side in this area.
Aoki Konyo's Tomb: The tomb of one of Japan's most famous scholars. Not only was he well versed in Eastern and Western sciences, but also in classical arts. Konyo's goal was to grow sweet potatoes in Northern Japan, in spite of everyone saying the climate in the Kanto was too cold for such a thing. He helped produce many plant strains still enjoyed in Japan today.
Himonya Catholic Church: One of the only Catholic churches in all of Japan. This beautiful Catholic church was allowed by the Shogunate as a good will towards Spanish merchants. While the Shogunate refuses to use government religious funding to maintain the site, it has also put strict laws into place against violating the sacred site and is believed to often have at least one Iga ninja in attendance during services.
Hotel Gajoen: A beautiful, lavish hotel complex and easily a world unto itself. It houses a long, 100 step staircase with seven floors. Each floor contains a different art exhibit from a local artist. The hotel is also said to buy it's sake directly from East Edo's merchants every morning as soon as they are able to get it and never re-use any bottle the next day.
Jiyugaoka La Vida: A beautiful European style shopping center complete with gondola rides around the canals of the area. A peaceful place with amazing foreign restaurants and a great place to experienc foreign culture. Many people say they feel as though they are visiting Venice.