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Cherry blossoms of center "Seki" and Konan of politics

Last update date March 14, 2019

Folktale of Konan Ward

Cherry blossoms Konan of center "Seki" and Konan of politics

When the Edo Shogunate ruled, in the present Konan Ward, in Noba and the area of Nagatani, Serigaya, in Kamiooka and the area of bamboo grass bottom, Okubo, Hino, it was in Musashi country Sagami state.
"I that hiya was so, all Kanagawa thought whether it was Sagami country"
Politics of samurai of that topknot of the Edo Shogunate has been defeated by power of people who thought to return "Kurofune" which came over and politics of the Shogunate from the United States to politics of the Emperor. In song which expressed Kurofune of this time,
"jokisen (steamship) which cools sleep of Taihei
Only four cannot lie in (seki) at night yes either"
When is sung what, but think about kind jaga of good tea, meaning of song with jokisen, and please see, and I see; omoi ujaro.
The Meiji government was established newly and stopped "establishment of prefectures in place of feudal domains" toiutena, Musashi country and Sagami country, and, as for the Konan Ward, it was in around Yokohama in this way in "kyuryokigun" except Noba, the Nagatani area "Kanagawa".

Photograph of the House of east tree entrance
The House of east tree

Therefore "kyuryokigungunyakusho" was placed near the House of east tree of bamboo grass Shimomura character Seki and was followed, and it was possible for registry offices such as school and post office, police department , land or house, and it was in center of politics and education.
It is older, and, in the Nara era, it is said that government office called kyuryokigungun* was placed around the company of the Sun-Goddess under bamboo grass.
Therefore as the Meiji government which abolished samurai did boy who became 20 years old in system to do to soldier, for examination for conscription comer "there was business, and comers flocked to government office, and livened up.
As was full of person of daily necessities, miscellaneous goods article, restaurant, inn, barbershop, human power shop, movers very much accordingly, and rice of rice field of the roadside did not touch ear as people who came and went did "pee"; gen ukotojatta.
House of this neighborhood is thing which we called by name. It is "steamed bun shop, colander shop, tofu maker, senbei shop, clogs shop, Ishikawa shop".
In that, kyuryokigun at the time is because it was the center of "Kamakura way" and "kanesawa way" that village of Seki prospered at wide area that we put from around Yokohama Station to Kanazawa, the center.


There is interesting story one more.
When there was the issue of move of Kusaka Elementary School around the beginning of the Showa era, telegram reached from the education section manager of city. Anyway old days nokotojakaranou with a few telephones.
"asuyukarenukyoikukacho"
Well, it is said that the tomorrow's promise jaga education section manager comes today very much. We gathered the people concerned in a hurry. We wait, but live, but do not come at all.
When drive bicycle fast in government office so that officer sees state, and talk for reason of thing, unwillingly that,
In nu of "asuyukarenu ..." "will not go tomorrow and "is meant called education section manager" otsukeruto. While understand all members, is disappointed, roaring with laughter; dissolution shitanojato.
There is talk of "cherry blossoms of Konan" in that, too.
Cherry tree was planted to 700 meters of Seki Hill, in total 1,900 meters by 1,200 meters of Sakuramichi and bamboo grass bottoms, Kamariya roads from "Sakuramichi entrance" of the Konan Ward government office side to park cemetery rear gate, and it was in famous spot for its cherry blossoms.
Yokohama became big town, and population increased more and more, and here was chosen as affordable graveyard necessary accordingly and used mountain well in 1931 and would make graveyard here.
If farmers having land equal to approach to a shrine to graveyard contribute approach to a shrine site to city, and Hino Park graveyard is completed in 1933.
As this completion commemorative one, local Neighborhood Associations and young people's association where we worked on lively in those days decided to plant sapling of cherry blossoms of Yoshino cherry tree on Sakuramichi, approach to a shrine of Seki Hill as one of the activities.

Photograph of Sakuramichi
Cherry blossoms (Sakuramichi) of Konan

When we were going to plant on both approaches to a shrine and finished planting jattaga, Sakuramichi side and planted the Seki Hill side from the top, seedling became insufficient and has been there over at last in the middle of slope. Therefore what is it that Sakuranamiki is not connected from bottom?
This cherry tree might be various at age of just 60 years old in meeting erukotoninarimasunojaga, the meantime in this year, too.
When it is said to shokuhodozosan that tree is obstructive during the Pacific War and is almost cut down to make up for lack of fuel, and it is in late years, it is traffic interference, when it is access to sunlight, we have been treated like nuisance, but "Sakura Festival of Konan" is performed thanks to local understanding and preservation activity, and there may be still wonderful cherry blossom viewing.
"Cherry blossoms of Yokohama famous place Konan" and stone of monument carved with built at the corner of Seki Hill intersection are with thing utilizing torii of cause bamboo grass Shimoshimmei Corporation now. Thing to be able to watch trace of effort of local people.

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