Ueno, Tokyo

To the northeast of the Imperial Palace lies the Ueno district. This area was the site of the decisive battle  between the Shogun and the Emperor’s forces in 1868, which marked the end of the shogun era. The hill was earmarked to be the new shining example of the Mejii government’s “civilization and enlightenment ” campaign as Japan opened up to the West. What followed was Ueno-koen, the first Western style urban park in Japan with grand European style museums and a zoo.


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