Yōga, Tokyo

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Setagaya Business Square

Yōga (用賀 Yōga?) is a neighborhood in Setagaya, Tokyo.[1] Its name appears frequently in traffic reports because the junction between the Tomei Expressway and the elevated Shibuya branch (#3) of the Metropolitan Expressway system is there. There is also a stop, Yōga Station, on the Tōkyū Den-en-toshi subway line here. There is also a bus services (Tokyu Bus) and possible access to the area with numbers of busses.

Two traffic cameras on top of the SBS tower overlook the junction, the Yōga toll gate, and other parts of the neighborhood.

Offices in Yōga[edit]

Several major offices are in Yōga:

  • Oracle Corporation has its Japan headquarters in Setagaya Business Square (previously Sun Microsystems)
  • Shin Caterpillar Mitsubishi, also in Setagaya Business Square
  • Sumitomo 3M has its headquarters in Tamagawadai
  • Kyocera has its Tokyo office in Tamagawadai

History[edit]

In the Edo period, Yōga was a post-town on the Ōyama Kaidō, a road connecting Edo and Ōyama Mountain in Sagami Province.[1]

Derivation[edit]

The name comes from Sanskrit root of the word "yoga". The Buddhist temple Shinpuku-ji chose the Sanskrit-derived appellation Yuga-san. The Sanskrit is also the root of the word "yoga" (योग→瑜伽→用賀).

Culture[edit]

Yōga is home to Kinuta Park, a broad green space established in 1957. The park is located 10 minutes from the Yōga Station and covers 39 hectares (96 acres). Kinuta Park has sports facilities, including baseball fields, a basketball court, and swimming pools (25m and 50m, also a small pool for kids and diving pool).[2] The Setagaya Art Museum, est. 1986, is located on a corner of Kinuta Park. The museum has a permanent collection with an emphasis on photography, particularly the works of Kineo Kuwabara and Kōji Morooka.[3]

Yōga is noted for its educational institutions, and his home to many primary, junior, and high schools. Perhaps the most significant of them all is Sakuramachi State Primary, which had biggest numbers of pupils in Setagaya-ku back in 1992-93 with more than 600 pupils.

Neighbourhood[edit]

Around the Yoga station is perhaps the most vibrant area of Yoga. It is a residential area after all and there are numbers of residential friendly facilities including large super markets (OK Store and Fuji supermarket) as well as smaller grocery stores, butcher, off-licence, fish shops and etc..

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "用賀村" [Yōga]. Nihon Rekishi Chimei Taikei (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 173191044. dlc 2009238904. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  2. ^ "砧公園" [Kinuta Park]. Dijitaru Daijisen (in Japanese). Tokyo: Shogakukan. 2012. OCLC 56431036. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  3. ^ "世田谷美術館" [Setagaya Art Museum] (in Japanese). Setagaya, Tokyo: Setagaya Art Museum. 2012?. Retrieved Aug 24, 2012. 

External links[edit]

35°37′36″N 139°37′58″E / 35.626716°N 139.632694°E / 35.626716; 139.632694 Setagaya Business Square