"National Foundation Day" on February 11 is also known as "仁丹の日 (Jintan no Hi / Day of Jintan)" in Japan.
仁丹 (Jintan) is a mouth freshener manufactured and sold by Morishita Jintan Co., Ltd. in Osaka.
The tiny round silver grain containing 16 kinds of crude drugs is a long-selling product of this company.
I wonder many people think of the advertised "Jintan town name display board" when they think of Jintan in Kyoto.
In Kyoto, from the Meiji period to the early Showa period, they were set up everywhere in the town, and some of them still exist today.
This town name board showed "上京区 (Kamigyo Ward)" "下京区 (Shimogyo Ward)"for the address in Nakagyo Ward etc. and "下京区 (Shimogyo Ward)" for the address in Higashiyama Ward etc. at that time.
This is said to be related to the fact that Kyoto municipal system was implemented in 1889.
Prior to the enforcement of this municipal system, Kyoto PREFECTURE Kamigyo Ward and Kyoto PREFECTURE Shimogyo Ward were established in 1879.
When the city system was implemented, it was changed to Kyoto CITY Kamigyo Ward and Kyoto CITY Shimogyo Ward.
Kyoto City currently has 11 wards, but at first there were only 2 wards and the area was different from the present one.
In 1929, the city area expanded from the 2 wards and was newly divided into 5 wards.
Nakagyo Ward was created from Kamigyo Ward and Shimogyo Ward, Sakyo Ward was created from Kamigyo Ward, and Higashiyama Ward was created from Shimogyo Ward.
The board showing the name of the town of Jintan that conveys the city system of Kyoto in the past is a precious material that we want to leave for future generations.
While some town name boards have passed through time, there are also new faces that were created in the Heisei era.
It is fun to think about the origin of the town name because each old and new has its own taste.
In general, the people of Kyoto who specify the place by the name of a street running north, south, east and west instead of the name of the town.
The board also helps you to 上ル (agaru: go north) and 下ル (sagaru: go south) the grid.
Like Shoki-san, which I introduced the other day, I hope the town name display board will continue to watch the town of Kyoto, too.
Here is for The only shrine in Japan dedicated to Shoki-san
Here is for Wandering around① What are agaru (上ル), sagaru (下ル) and iru (入ル)?