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Chiyoda-ku

Chiyoda-ku is a special ward located in central Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. In English, it is called Chiyoda City.

As of October 2007, the ward has an estimated population of 45,543 and a population density of 3,912 people per km2, making it by far the least populated of the special wards. The total area is 11.64 km2, of which the Imperial Palace, Hibiya Park, National Museum of Modern Art, and Yasukuni Shrine take up approximately 2.6 km2, or 22% of the total area.

Chiyoda consists of the Palace and a surrounding radius of about 1 kilometer. It inherited the name, literally meaning "field of a thousand generations," from Chiyoda Castle (the other name of Edo Castle). Many government institutions, such as the Diet, Prime Minister's residence, and Supreme Court, are located in Chiyoda, as are Tokyo landmarks such as Yasukuni Shrine, Tokyo Station, and the Budokan. Fifteen embassies are located in Chiyoda.

-Geography

Chiyoda is located at the very heart of former Tokyo City in eastern mainland Tokyo. The central area of the ward is furthermore occupied by the Imperial Palace. The east side of the ward, is the location of Tokyo Station. The south side, bordering Minato, encompasses Hibiya Park and the National Diet Building. It is almost exclusively occupied by administrations and agencies. The west and northwest are primarily upper class residential; the Yasukuni Shrine is also there. To the north and northeast are several residential neighborhoods and the Akihabara commercial district.

-Cityscape

Some of the districts in Chiyoda are actually not inhabited, either because they are parks (Hibiya Koen), because they consist only of office buildings (Otemachi or Marunouchi), and/or because they are extremely small. The area on the eastern side of Akihabara Station is the location of several districts that cover at most a few buildings. Kanda-Hanaokacho is, for example, limited to the Yodobashi Camera department store.[citation needed] Understanding the address system in the Kanda area can be particularly troublesome for non-locals.

-Parks and recreation

East Imperial Garden, located on the eastern portion of the Tokyo Imperial Palace grounds and housing the castle tower and the outer defense positions of the former Edo Castle, opened to the public in 1968. Kitanomaru Koen, located on Edo Castle's former northern section, has the Tokyo National Museum of Modern Art and the Nippon Budokan, a venue for performances. Chidorigafuchi Boat Arena and Chidorigafuchi Moat Path includes a waterway for boats. National Diet Building Park, located adjacent to the Diet Building and divided in two by a street, includes American dogwoods planted to symbolize the relations between the United States and Japan. Hibiya Park, Japan's first western-style park, includes restaurants, open-air concert halls, and tennis courts. Imperial Palace Outer Garden, in the front of Nijubashi Bridge, serves as a jogging trail and a tourist site.

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Places

Akihabara

Akihabara gained the nickname Akihabara Electric Town shortly after World War II for being a major shopping center for household electronic goods and the post-war black market. Nowadays, Akihabara is considered by many to be an otaku cultural center and a shopping district for video games, anime, manga, and computer goods. Icons from popular anime and manga are displayed prominently on the shops in the area, and numerous maid cafes are found throughout the district.

Hibiya Park

Hibiya Park (Hibiya Koen) is a park in Chiyoda City, Tokyo, Japan. It covers an area of 161,636m2 between the east gardens of the Imperial Palace to the north, the Shinbashi district to the southeast and the Kasumigaseki government district to the west.

The park is famous for the Shisei Kaikan, a brick building built in Gothic style in 1929, which once housed the Domei Tsushin state wire service and its postwar successors Kyodo News and Jiji Press.

The park is also known for its open air concert venue, Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall, and for its tennis courts (for which reservations are hotly contested due to their proximity to the financial and government districts). In Doraemon, Here is the meeting place of Nobi Nobita parents.

Imperial Palace

Tokyo Imperial Palace is the main residence of the Emperor of Japan. It is a large park-like area located in the Chiyoda area of Tokyo close to Tokyo Station and contains several buildings including the main palace, the private residences of the imperial family, an archive, museum and administrative offices.

It is built on the site of the old Edo castle. The total area including the gardens is 3.41 square kilometres (1.32 sq mi). During the height of the 1980s Japanese property bubble, the palace grounds were valued by some as more than the value of all the real estate in the state of California.

Nippon Budokan

The Nippon Budokan, often shortened to simply Budokan, is an indoor arena in central Tokyo, Japan. This is the location where many "Live at the Budokan" albums were recorded, including those of Bob Dylan, Cheap Trick and Ozzy Osbourne. The Nippon Budokan, however, was originally built for the judo competition in the 1964 Summer Olympics, hence its name, rendered in English as Martial Arts Hall.

Tokyo Station

Tokyo Station is a railway station in the Marunouchi business district of Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan, near the Imperial Palace grounds and the Ginza commercial district. Served by Shinkansen high-speed rail lines, Tokyo Station is the main intercity rail terminal in Tokyo. It is the busiest station in Japan in terms of number of trains per day (over 3,000), and the fifth-busiest in Eastern Japan in terms of passenger throughput. It is also served by many regional commuter lines of Japan Railways, as well as the Tokyo Metro network.

Tokyo Takarazuka Theater

Tokyo Takarazuka Theater is another home for Takarazuka Creative Arts at Tokyo. It served as the second round performing theater for the Revue's performing cycle. The original theater was built in 1934 and was demolished in 1998. The current theater was built in 2001. It has 1,229 seats on the first level and 840 on the second.

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-Hitotsubashi University's Graduate School of International Corporate Strategy

Hitotsubashi University (Hitotsubashi daigaku) is a national university specialised in the social sciences in Tokyo, Japan. The university has campuses in Kunitachi, Kodaira, and Kanda.

Hitotsubashi is considered one of the most prestigious universities and the best in economics and commerce related subjects in Japan, consistently ranking amongst the top universities in Japanese university rankings. It was ranked 25th in the world in 2011 by Ecole des Mines de Paris and is one of the highest ranked national universities that is not one of the National Seven Universities.

Hitotsubashi has strong relationships with overseas universities. There are about 590 international students and 450 researchers from abroad under academic exchange agreements with 83 universities and research institutions, including University of Chicago, the University of Oxford and the University of California.

The university's symbol is inspired by Mercury, Roman mythology's god of commerce.

-Sophia University

Sophia University (Jochi Daigaku) is a private research university in Japan, with its main campus located near Yotsuya station, in an area of Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward. It is ranked as one of the top private universities in Japan with the most selective admission (5% acceptance rate) and is known for its international academic climate. It takes its name from the Greek Sophia meaning "wisdom". The Japanese name, Jochi Daigaku literally means "University of Higher Wisdom".

It has an exchange program with many universities throughout the world, including Yale University, Sogang University and the University of Hong Kong. The university was a men's university in the past, but at present admits women; the proportion of men to women is now more or less equal. Sophia's alumni are referred to as "Sophians"; they include the 79th Japanese Prime Minister of Japan, Morihiro Hosokawa, a number of politicians represented in the Diet of Japan and professors at institutions such as the University of Tokyo and Yale University.

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