by Owen Montgomery
Created by a samurai
An Anpan’s a baked delight.
despite all of the fighting skills
This didn’t take much might
B IS FOR BUNKYO
The hidden gem of Nezu Shrine
Is one of the oldest sites in the city.
Encompassed by pink azaleas
The whole site is wonderfully pretty
Enjoy a scone with a feline friend
And maybe a nice hot tea
And while you sit in a comfy chair
Cuddle up with a sweet siamese
C is for Cat Cafes
D is for Dome
With many a star and many a game
Tokyo Dome embodies fame
And while the baseball players take aim
Nothing there will ever be in vain
E is for
The fusuma was a structure used mostly in the Higashiyama period. It was based off of Buddhist aesthetics and the idea of Wabi-sabi, or beauty in simplicity. Fusuma are made from rice paper, and are not thin enough to let light through, but feel as though they are. On fusuma are graphics of fans, leaves, cherry blossoms, trees, and geometric patterns. Modern fusuma have different functions than Shoji fusuma, and are put with room dividers, and straw mats.
Used in ancient Japanese rooms
This beautiful paper screen
Has patterns printed on
In paint which makes it sheen
F is for Fusuma
This famous movie studio
Has had many films succeed
And continuing to top the charts
Its progress will proceed
G is for Ghibli
Harajuku is a district in Shibuya, Tokyo, and is known for having an over the top and crazy fashion sense. Many fashion designers in Harajuku say they are inspired by western, or American culture and products. Originally, the Harajuku fashion designers referred to themselves as a tribe.
Harajuku’s fashion is said to be an extreme version of other things, like movies and tv shows. Some just say it is real-life anime. Many call Harajuku the center of Japanese youth culture.
This town’s crazy fashion style
Will make everybody smile
Starting many epic trends
Your visit there will be worthwhile
H is for Harajuku
The Imperial Palace is located in the west citadel of Edo Castle. While the rest of the castle is closed generally to the public, the Imperial Palace allows people to visit during certain hours and take tours. Because it is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan, it does have to have some restrictions.
However, a place that is always open to the public are the outer gardens. The outer gardens of the Imperial Palace are considered a public park, allowing all to visit.
I is for Imperial Palace
The residence of the shogun
And home of the emperor
Its place in Edo’s castle
Is really quite a wonder
Japan, an island located off Eastern Asia, has very varied climates. These are known as Hokkaido, The Sea of Japan, The Central Highland, The Seto Inland Sea, The Pacific Coast, and The Ryukyu Islands. The Pacific Coast includes major city and capital of Japan, Tokyo. It has a humid subtropical climate. Some of the other climates in these zones can go from drastic temperature changes every day to similar temperatures every day
Having limited power, the Emperor of Japan’s role is mostly ceremonial. The emperor is not considered part of any of the three branches of Japan’s government. These branches include: the Executive, Judicial, and Legislative branches. These branches, along with the emperor and the constitution make Japan’s government a constitutional monarchy.
J is for Japan
The tenth most populated country
Majorly influenced by art
Is home to many cities
But Tokyo is its heart
The Kanto Earthquake was a devastatingly drastic event, killing over 142,800 people. The Earthquake struck the Kanto Plain, with a max intensity of XI, and a magnitude of 7.9. The Earthquake was so powerful, that it moved, 60 kilometers from the epicenter, the 84 ton Great Buddha statue in Kamakura.
The Kanto Earthquake surprisingly caused many fires to break out in Japan. Something called a fire tornado actually caused 38,000 deaths. This many people were incarcerated, and most of it happened in one day only.
K is for Kanto Earthquake
This extremely devastating earthquake
Impacted the city’s progress
because of a slow recovery
Things just became a mess
Japan’s economy has gone through many high and low points. However, its Land Bubble stage was a confusing time. The economy of Japan in the 1980’s was said to impact quite positively the modernization process in Tokyo. Bigger Buildings were built, and the stock market index soared. However, with all the building going on, traffic was starting to build up around the streets of Tokyo. This was saids to be because at the time the city was not well monitored by public authorities.
L is for Land Bubble
L is for Land Bubble
Japan’s quickly developing economy
Has had many a success
But this one was so crazy
It ended in a mess
The Meiji Era of Japan changed many things forever. In 1868, what was called the Meiji restoration started. It restored practical imperial rule to Japan. The 15th Tokugawa Shogun resigned, being ‘forced’ by the public. This was the official end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, although the Shogun still had influence for a year. January third of that year became known as the restoration of imperial rule as the Meiji Emperor took over. At that time Japan felt it had ‘caught up’ to the rest of the world.
M is for Meiji Restoration
WIth the shogunate coming to an end
It was Japan’s Westernization
And with an advance to modern civilization
It became known as the Meiji Restoration
The street leading to the temple Senso-ji, Nakamise-dori was built in the early 1700’s. It currently is about 250 meters long and has just around 90 shops on it. It leads up to the Thunder Gate, which then leads to Senso-ji.
In the past, the street has been rebuilt three times: Once when it was destroyed in the Kanto Earthquake, again when it was rebuilt with concrete in 1925, and lastly when it was bombed in WWII. During the Kanto Earthquake, over half the shops were completely destroyed.
N is for Nakamise-dori
With plenty of shops to check out
It leads the way to Senso-ji
this 250 meter tourist attraction
Is certainly a sight to see
In total, Tokyo has hosted the olympics three times, each time the summer ones. 2020 will be the third time it holds the olympics.206 nations will compete in 33 sports, starting July 24.
In 1940, Tokyo hosted the Olympics- or at least was supposed to- for the first time. It was scheduled for September 21st to October 6th. However, the games were moved to Helsinki, Finland, due to Japan’s invasion of China. Ultimately, the 1940 summer Olympics were canceled because of WWII.
In two years it will be the third time
Tokyo hosts the Olympics
Each county will go head to head
Competing in summer athletics
O is for Olympics
Founded in 1998, Pokemon is one of the biggest companies to ever be made. The company was originally called The Pokemon Center Company. It was owned by Nintendo, Creatures, and Game Freak. It was started in Nihonbashi. Because of popularity in Japan and all around Asia, Pokemon, USA, Inc. was opened for control of overseas licensing in 2011. Currently, Pokemon now has Headquarters in Minato, Tokyo, Japan; Bellevue, Washington, USA; London, UK and Seoul, South Korea.
For collectors all over
Pokemon’s the name
It’s not just the cards
It’s also a game
P is for Pokemon
Qoo is a flavored soft drink produced by the Coca-Cola Company. Its name came from its mascot, a small, blue, cat-like creature, tasting the drink. It was introduced into Japan on May 28th, 1999. First served in McDonald’s, it quickly became popular in all of Asia. The drink even became popular for two years in Germany, but was disliked by locals.
A millenial drink
By the name of Qoo
It comes in white grape,
And orange too
Q is for Qoo
During the day, the 798 meter long Bridge looks completely and utterly normal. However, on the wires supporting the Rainbow Bridge are thousands of multicolored lights. These lights are solar powered, made to light up into three colors: red, white, and green. At night, the colors blend together to create the image of a rainbow.
R is for Rainbow Bridge
When driving through the city
The Rainbow Bridge is best
It lights up so prettily
You can skip all the rest
The 1,372 year old temple of Senso-ji in Asakusa is the oldest of its kind. It receives 30 million visitors annually. It was founded in 645 A.D. and is dedicated to the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Guanyin. The temple of Senso-ji was tragically destroyed in WWII. However, it was rebuilt later and became a symbol of peace and rebirth. A tree next to the temple was completely bombed, but grew back years later and became a beacon of hope.
Tokyo’s oldest temple
Dedicated to Guanyin
Through the Thunder Gate
Is the way you get in
S is for Senso-ji
A communications and observations tower in Tokyo become the second tallest structure in Japan. Over 150 million people have visited it since its completion in 1958. The tower stands at 332.9 meters tall in the Shiba-Koen district of Minato, Tokyo. It cost ￥2.8 to build, and took 5 years to complete.
The architect, Tachū Naitō, was inspired by the famous Eiffel Tower. The Tokyo Tower, however, is larger than the Eiffel, by 8.9 meters. It also weighs 3,300 pounds less than the Eiffel Tower.
T is for Tokyo Tower
Although it may not be the EIffel
This tower is taller, and just as pretty
Made of lighter materials
It towers over the rest of the city
Ueno Park is a beautiful public park in Taito, Tokyo. It was established in 1873, being one of Japan’s first public parks. Before Ueno Park opened, the land was owned by the Buddhist temple of Kan’ei-ji.
This was the same time Shiba, Asakusa, Asukayama, and Fukagawa parks were established. The park was presented to citizens of Tokyo by Emperor Taisho in 1924, and it officially earned its name.
U is for Ueno Park
One of the first of its kind
Ueno park is awesome
And when strolling through
You’ll see cherry blossoms
Japan is the country with the highest per capita rate of vending machines in the world. Vending machines really first started appearing in Japan in the 1950’s. Most of them were simple drink machines. However, people got creative with what to put in vending machines. For instance, a popular item in Japanese vending machines today is canned bread. Some other items you can find in vending machines are phones, clothes, umbrellas, gum, and many other things.
You won’t believe the crazy things
Tokyo’s vending machines sell
From food to underwear
The will really serve you well
V is for Vending Machines
The city of Tokyo has many sections. One of its main sections is divided up into 23 special wards. Collectively, these wards have a population of around 9.4 million people. Some of the most important districts in Tokyo are located inside the 23 special wards. And even though this is true, the wards originally had no constitutional rights.
Wards are like cities
And Tokyo has Twenty three
Inside of their borders
Are the places you’d like to see
W is for Wards
Japan collectively is the fourth largest export economy in the world. Japan’s most major exports go all around the world. These include cars, trucks, and vehicle parts. However, some exports only go to the US. Overall, Japan has traded an estimated 270.7 billion dollars with the US.
The reason a word not started with the letter x was used for this is because the Japanese alphabet has no letter x. Although words may translate to english and include x, no Japanese words actually start with or even include, at all, the letter x.
Shipped all around the world
Japan has many exports
From vehicles to food and drink
The country sends out products of all sorts
X is for Exports
Yayoi Kusama is an amazingly talented artist from Matsumoto, Nagano, Japan. She considers herself a contemporary artist. She is known for showing support with her art, like feminism and environmentalism. She also creates pop art. She has said she was inspired by a pattern on a tablecloth she saw when she was younger.
Y is for Yayoi Kusama
This inspirational artist
Who uses crazy colors
Has art that makes a statement
And certainly impacts others
Zen is a school of Buddhism that originated in India. It was introduced into Japan, China and Korea during the 8th century AD. It was in the Nara and Heian period. The first Japanese zen master was in Nonin. He started the first Japanese zen school in 1189.
Z is for Zen
Jomon Culture - 4000 BCE
Yayoi Culture - 300 BCE
Tomb Period - 300 BC
Nara Period - 710 CE to 814 CE
Heian Period - 794 CE
Kamakura Period - 1185 CE
Ashikaga (Muromachi) Period - 1336 CE
Tokugawa (Edo) Period - 1600 CE
Meiji Restoration / Period - 1868 CE
Taisho Period - 1912 CE
Showa Period - 1926 CE
Contemporary Japan - 1945 to present
Heisi Period - 1989 to present
Time Periods of Japan
Alphabet of Japan