Kameido [亀戸(かめいど)]

Kameido[亀戸(かめいど)] is a district of Kōtō city[江東区(こうとうく)] of Tokyo. It is located in downtown.

Kameido Tenjin
Kameido Tenin

Kameido was originally called "Kame no Shima[亀ノ島(かめのしま)]" that means a island of turtle. Literally, Kame no shima was a turtle-shaped island in Tokyo Bay. After that, Kame no shima connected with the mainland because of accumulation of sands and the village called "Kame Mura[亀村(かめむら)](Turtle Village in English)" was formed there. 

Kame Mura was famous for a spring water named "Kame ga I[亀ヶ井(かめがい)]". "I[井(い)]" is the same meaning as "Ido[井戸(いど)]" which means a well in Japanese. Because of that, the village name changed into "Kameido[亀井戸(かめいど)]".

In the Edo period(1603~1868), a Chinese character "井" omitted, and a name "Kameido"[亀戸] has continued until now.

A Ukiyoe[浮世絵(うきよえ)] painter of the Edo period, Hiroshige Utagawa[歌川広重(うたがわひろしげ)] painted a plum garden in Kameido from 100 famous views in Edo[江戸名所百景(えどめいしょひゃっけい)] that is a series of Ukiyoe featuring the landscapes of Edo(present Tokyo). Vincent van Gogh copied this picture.

Hiroshige Utagawa; A Plum Garden in Kameido Gogh; Japonaiserie: le prunier en fleurs
Left: Hiroshige Utagawa, "A Plum Garden in Kameido from 100 Famous Views in Edo[江戸名所百景 - 亀戸梅屋敷(かめいどうめやしき)]"
Right: Vincent van Gogh, "Japonaiserie; Le Prunier en Fleurs"

In Kameido, there is a famous shrine "Kameido Tenji[亀戸天神(かめいどてんじん)]". It enshrines Sugawara no Michizane[菅原道真(すがわらのみちざね)](845-903) as a God of study. He was an aristocratic scholar and politician. It is because that he was known an a very clever man.

Kameido Tenjin is famous for a spot of Fuji[藤(フジ)](wisteria) flowers. From late April to early May, many people come here to see wisteria flowers.

Kameido TenjinKameido Tenjin
Kameido Tenjin

Near the shrine, there is a Japanese sweets shop "Funabashi-ya[船橋屋(ふなばしや)]". Kuzu-mochi[久寿餅(くずもち)](sweets made of fermenting wheat flour starch)is a specialty of this shop.

Upper: Funabashi-ya, Lower: Kuzu-mochi

Kameido-daikon[亀戸大根(かめいどだいこん)] was an old species of radish cultivated in Kameido. But Kameido-daikon nearly extincted because of urbanization in Kameido and improvement of species.

Now, you can eat them in Japanese restaurant "Masumoto[升本(ますもと)]" at Kameido. A pot dish of littleneck clams with Kameido-daikon is a specialty of this restaurant.


Kameido ume-yashiki & Masumoto
Kameido ume-yashiki (A souvenir shop named by the plum garden in the Edo Period) & Masumoto

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