Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Roppongi in the Minato ward is a popular entertainment area in Tokyo, especially for the foreigners living in Japan.
The Name Roppongi literally means “six trees”, although the origin of the name is not clear, it is said that it originated because of six old pine trees that use to be in the area.
The area was not extensively populated, Until the Edo period when two towns where created there. After the WWII, the U.S forces occupied the military facilities in the area and many bars and restaurants open to service the facilities, starting the area reputation of foreigner’s neighborhood.
The area has become popular recently after the construction of Roppongi hills, Tokyo Midtown and the museum triangle: The national museum of art Tokyo, the Mori Art museum, and the Suntory Museum of Art.