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Taitō (台東区, Taitō-ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. In English, it is known as Taito City.[1]

Taitō
台東区
Special ward
Taitō City[1]
A street in Ueno, Taitō
A street in Ueno, Taitō
Flag of Taitō
Flag
Official logo of Taitō
Logo
Location of Taitō in Tokyo Metropolis
Location of Taitō in Tokyo Metropolis
Taitō is located in Japan
Taitō
Taitō
 
Coordinates: 35°42′45.39″N 139°46′47.98″E / 35.7126083°N 139.7799944°E / 35.7126083; 139.7799944Coordinates: 35°42′45.39″N 139°46′47.98″E / 35.7126083°N 139.7799944°E / 35.7126083; 139.7799944
Country Japan
Region Kantō
Prefecture Tokyo Metropolis
Government
 • Mayor (Ward) Hiroshi Yoshizumi (since May 2003)
Area
 • Total 10.11 km2 (3.90 sq mi)
Population (May 1, 2015)
 • Total 186,276
 • Density 18,420/km2 (47,700/sq mi)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
Tree Cherry blossom
Flower Ipomoea nil
Website www.city.taito.tokyo.jp/foreign/english/taitou-e.html
The statue of Saigō Takamori in Ueno Park
Kyu-Iwasaki-tei Garden is the former estate of the Iwasaki clan, who were founders of Mitsubishi. The building was constructed in Western style.
The five-storied pagoda at Sensō-ji

As of May 1, 2015, the ward has an estimated population of 186,276 and a population density of 18,420 persons per km². The total area is 10.11 km². This makes Taito ward the smallest of Tokyo's wards in area, and third smallest in population.

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HistoryEdit

The ward was founded on March 15, 1947. During the Edo period, the Yoshiwara licensed quarter was in what is now Taitō. Taitō shares the same Chinese characters, "台東" with Taitung, a city in Taiwan

GeographyEdit

Situated in the northeastern portion of the wards area of Tokyo, Taitō is surrounded by five other special wards: Chiyoda, Bunkyō, Arakawa, Sumida and Chūō.

LandmarksEdit

Taitō is famous for its typical Shitamachi districts.

DistrictsEdit

Temples and shrinesEdit

ParksEdit

 
Cherry blossom in Ueno Park

Museums and zoosEdit

EntertainmentEdit

 
Suzumoto Vaudeville Hall in Ueno
 
Asakusa Hanayashiki Amusement Park
  • Suzumoto Engeijo (Suzumoto Vaudeville Hall)
  • Asakusa Vaudeville Hall

EducationEdit

Colleges and universitiesEdit

Primary and secondary schoolsEdit

Taito operates public elementary and junior high schools.

Public high schools are operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Board of Education.

  • Hakuo High School
  • Kuramae Technical High School
  • Shinobugaoka High School
  • Taito Commercial High School
  • Taito Chuyakan High School
  • Ueno High School
  • Ueno Shinobugaoka High School

The school district of the metropolis also operates one metropolitan junior high school:

  • Hakuo Junior High School

Public librariesEdit

Taito operates several public libraries, including the Central Library, the Central Library Asakusabashi Branch, the Negishi Library, and the Ishihama Library. The Central Library is located in the first and second floors of the Lifelong Learning Center.[2]

OtherEdit

The city operates the Lifelong Learning Center, a complex including a multi-media room, a studio, and other facilities. The Central Library is on the first and second floors of the Lifelong Learning Center.[2]

EconomyEdit

Tokyo Ricoh Office Solution and Ricoh Technosystems, divisions of Ricoh, are headquartered in Taitō as of 2008.[3][4] Chikumashobo, a publisher, has its headquarters in the Kuramae (蔵前) area of the ward.[5]

RetailEdit

OtherEdit

  • Taiyo Yuden, electronics and materials company in Ueno

EventsEdit

TransportationEdit

RailEdit

HighwaysEdit

Sports and recreationEdit

The City of Taito operates the Taito Riverside Sports Center. The center includes a gymnasium, tennis courts, two baseball fields for adults, one baseball field for children, one large swimming pool, one children's pool, and an athletic field. The gymnasium includes two courts, two budo halls, a Japanese-style archery range, a sumo ring, a training room, a table tennis room, an air-rifle shooting range, and a meeting room.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b English name of Taitō
  2. ^ a b c "Public Facilities." City of Taito. Accessed August 27, 2008.
  3. ^ "Topics - Annual Report 2006." Ricoh. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "Ricoh Group Registration Scope." Ricoh. Retrieved on January 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "筑摩書房 会社概要" (Archive). Chikumashobo. Retrieved on November 2, 2014. "本社 〒111-8755 東京都台東区蔵前2-5-3"

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