Manseibashi Station

Introduction

This time, We'll introduce the Manseibashi station that existed in Akihabara in the old days. This station is no longer in use, but it's open to the public, so anyone can enter for free. Today, let's visit Manseibashi station with Iroha. And when you visit Akihabara, please stop by for a visit.

Story

This is Akihabara! The whole area is covered with anime and game signs. Akihabara is also known for Japanese anime.

Tina
Tina
Akihabara
Akihabara
Iroha
Iroha

It's true that Akihabara is famous as the birthplace of otaku culture, especially anime. But actually, that's not the only thing you can see in Akihabara.

Really? In America, though, Akihabara has a strong image of being an anime town.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Akihabara wasn't originally an anime town.
Over a hundred years ago, Akihabara was a thriving fruit and vegetable market because of its easy accessibility.

Iroha
Iroha

After World War II, the black market began to open, and it developed into an electrical district where wireless devices and electronic components were sold. From there, it became a town of consumer electronics, computers, games and animation.

Heh. Akihabara has changed with the times to meet the needs of the world.
From the beginning, I thought of Akihabara as a town of anime and otaku culture.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes, it's only recently that the town has started to be called an anime town. I mentioned earlier that Akihabara is easy accessibility .

Yeah. That's still true today, isn't it? There are a lot of trains running through Akihabara Station, and it's very close to Tokyo Station.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Actually, we used to use Manseibashi station instead of Akihabara station at that time. Nowadays, though, it's called a Not Used station.

Manseibashi station? Not Used station?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes. It was a heavily used station at the time. But it's not used anymore.

How did such a big station get lost?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

In 1923, there was a huge earthquake called the Great Kanto Earthquake, and Manseibashi Station was burned to the ground. It was restored, but the Akihabara station was opened and the demand for Manseibashi station was gone.

Heh. Is that station still around? If there's anything like the site, I'd love to see it!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes, there is! It's close to Akihabara station, so let's go for it!

Yes!

Tina
Tina
Manseibashi station
Manseibashi station
Iroha
Iroha

This is the place where the Manseibashi station used to be. It was named Manseibashi Station because it's next to this Manseibashi Bridge.

Manseibashi Bridge
Manseibashi Bridge
River next to Manseibashi Station
River next to Manseibashi Station

Manseibashi station was along this river. The building is made of red bricks, which gives me a sense of history.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes, it was built in 1872. Actually, there's a mystery behind the bridge.

Mystery?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yeah. Look at the end of the bridge. You see that little room?

little room of Manseibashi bridge
little room of Manseibashi bridge

I can see. What's in that little room?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Actually, it's a mystery to us. I heard that a Tokyo Metropolitan Government official went to check it out, but I heard that there was nothing in the room. That's why the purpose of the room is still unclear.

That's a very exciting story.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

That's right! There are many theories, but the most popular one is that there was a public restroom there.

Iroha
Iroha

So, let's go into this Manseibashi station next.

outside of Manseibashi Station
outside of Manseibashi Station

Okay. This is another lovely old building. I especially like this far-reaching arch.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

You can get to the platform at Manseibashi station from here. It's free and open to the public, so you don't have to have money to get in.

entrance of station
entrance of station

I love that it's free and open to the public. I can't wait to see it every time I'm in Akihabara.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes! Whenever I come to Akihabara, I come here. It's especially fantastic when I come at night, and there are a few young couples here too. I'd love to come here one day with my boyfriend!

Do you have a boyfriend, Iroha?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

No, not yet...

Iroha
Iroha

L, Let's get to the train platform.

Ha haaaa!

Tina
Tina

The walls here have been preserved in their original state.

Tina
Tina
Stair to platform
Stair to platform
Stair to platform
Stair to platform
Iroha
Iroha

This is where the platform used to be at Manseibashi Station. It's no longer in use, so it's now a botanical garden.

platform of Manseibashi Station
platform of Manseibashi Station

The platform is looking fancy.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

But some of it has been preserved the way it used to be.

Iroha
Iroha

For example, I heard that the building materials used in this Manseibashi station and this sign have been here for a long time.

building material
building material
name sign(it's written 'Manseibashi')
name sign(it's written 'Manseibashi')
Iroha
Iroha

Most of them were destroyed by fire in the Great Kanto Earthquake, so we can't feel the atmosphere of those days.

I see. Hmmm, I would have liked to see the Manseibashi station in those days. It's a pity that we can't see it anymore.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

That's not true.

Iroha
Iroha

In fact, you can see it underneath this Manseibashi station, which is a commercial facility.
Let's go there.

What's meaning?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Just follow me!

Oh, Okay!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

This is a commercial center. There are many kinds of shops and restaurants.

 commercial center at Manseibashi station
commercial center at Manseibashi station

Oh! It's an arching tunnel that goes all the way to the distance! This is an interesting build!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

That's right! They're forcing the building that was originally there to become a commercial building. It has an interesting layout. If you go through here, you can see the old Manseibashi station.

OK! I believe you.

Tina
Tina

But still, there are a lot of interesting shops. It's fun to look at them.

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

There is also a café shop, so you can use it as a resting place when you get tired of Akihabara.

Iroha
Iroha

And this is the old Manseibashi station!!

Oh, wait! What is this! There's a small town!

Tina
Tina
Manseibashi's diorama
Manseibashi's diorama
Iroha
Iroha

It's called a diorama, and it's a recreation of the old Manseibashi area.

Heh! It must have been quite a magnificent building.
But that? This building looks like something, doesn't it?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

Yes! Nice work. This looks like Tokyo Station.

Are you saying that it was designed with the Tokyo Station in mind?

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

No, it's not. Actually, the Manseibashi station was built before Tokyo Station. So, Tokyo Station was designed with the Manseibashi station in mind.

I see. Manseibashi station is greater than Tokyo Station!

Tina
Tina
Iroha
Iroha

I don't think so...

Ah! The color of the diorama has changed!

Tina
Tina
Manseibashi's diorama(night version)
Manseibashi's diorama(night version)
Iroha
Iroha

It's true! It's getting late.

I never get tired of watching it. I can't stop watching it.

Tina
Tina

Summary

Manseibashi

Manseibashi in Japanese

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