Article in English Old Fshioned Street

Daimyocho street comes to end just before Metoba-gawa river, because the old downtown was bordered by Sobori, i.e. the outermost moat, which was reclaimed underground in Meiji Revolution. There was the southend of the castle's defence-zone. The moat used to run in parallele with the river, divided with a narrow bank in Edo period.
Thus there was a way, narrow like a rope, on the bank on which the guard-soldiers were watching around the moat. As the rope made of paddy plants is called Nawa, the way got used to be called Nawate.
In those days the outermost moat turned northwards in right angle at the place called Hitotsu-bashi now. Thus Nawate is the narrow square along Metoba-gawa from Chitose-bashi to Hitotsu-bashi.
The picture below shows a view of northern foot of Chitose-bashi. The entrance of Nawate-dori street is on the left hand at which the statue of big frogs is set.

By the way, the would-be outermost moat was Sobori which encircled the wider defence-zone, involving the downtowns, of the castle. In Japanese such a zone was called Nawabari. i.e. the grand defence scheme. The border-line rpresented by moats or river were called Mizu-nawate, i.e. the water-outline.
Then the squares along such a border-line was called Nawate. Among them, around Matsumoto Castle the square along the northern river-bank has gotten used to be called Nawate.


▲千歳橋の手前 ここで大名町通りは終わる。



Article in English Shopping Town in Old Fashion

In Meiji Revolution almost castles as symbols of the old regime was totally or partly distroyed uner the order of the new government.
In Matsumoto the south-west parts of Ninomaru-bori and almost parts of Sobori were reclaimed. On the southmost site of the latter a lot of the open-stalls were made and it became the busiest square.
In several years just after the World War U, there appeared a black market. Thereafter the town in disorder was formed, where many tiny shops popular were standing. But 2001 the town was thoroughly reformed to reappear as a town of thetraditional taste.
Getting into the street crossing the voulevard, we would find the old fashioned town.
Nawate-dori looks like a town in front of the old temple-gate. The street along which tiney shops stand side by side is paved with stone-tiles. I like such a traditional townscape. But as behind it is standing Yohashira Shrine, it is indeed Monzen-machi.
There are some shops selling the antique and the traditional or folkcraft-arts along the street. They bring out the historic taste atmosphere. You would feel a unique time passing there.


















  • お城の近隣の文化財を案内
  • 街あるきに役立つ


  • 取材制作中。


  • 江戸時代の縄張りを図示
  • 堀の配置がよくわかる



  • 街並み景観、風物
  • 木曾路・奈良井散策






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