Azabu-Jūban

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Fashion shop and bakery

Azabu-jūban (麻布十番?) is a district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It consists of 1 to 3-chōme. Azabu-Jūban Station is located in this district.

Azabu-Juban is a lively residential area in central Tokyo with a mixture of Japanese shops, restaurants and bars. The convenience of several supermarkets in a central location and the proximity of Hiroo and Roppongi make it one of the more trendy and sought after residential areas of Tokyo. The main street, a block away from a busy road junction, has a village-like feel with cobbled stoned paving in some places. This atmosphere is created by the narrow streets, slow moving traffic, and a mixture of stores operated by older owners. Even the McDonald's has been carefully designed to be architecturally sympathetic.

Azabu-Juban matsuri[edit]

In the middle of August (usually at the beginning or end of the Japanese Obon holiday), Azabu-Juban holds one of the most famous local summer festivals (matsuri) in Tokyo; The event takes place over two days on Saturday and Sunday with the streets being lined with local stalls and food vendors. Traffic is typically blocked from 3:00 to 9:00 pm on both days. During this time, large crowds of festival goers make the main streets largely impassable.

In 2011, this festival was cancelled, due to the practice of jishuku (自粛?) - voluntary self-restraint - implemented after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake.

Azabu-Juban hot spring[edit]

Until 2009, Azabu-juban had one of several natural onsen in Tokyo. Every Sunday from 3:00 pm visitors could enjoy traditional Japanese songs (enka) and dancing. The site of the hot spring has since become a car park.[citation needed]

In fiction[edit]

The protagonists of the manga and anime series Sailor Moon reside in this district.

Coordinates: 35°39′17″N 139°44′07″E / 35.65459°N 139.73523°E / 35.65459; 139.73523