日本での一年間

January 12, 2011

Yamanote Line Project (Part 19) – Ebisu Station

Filed under: Domestic, Tokyo places, Trips, Yamanote-Sen — Tags: , , — myyearinjapan @ 12:01 am

The next stop on our tour on the Yamanote line is Ebisu station. Very near the station is the Yebisu Beer Museum and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Yebisu beer is owned by Sapporo beer, but Sapporo now uses the Ebisu location as their world headquarters. I guess having an HQ in Tokyo is a little more useful than having one in far North Hokkaido. Yebisu (ヱビス) is pronounced Ebisu (eh-bee-su) but actually written Webisu. There is no character pronounced Ye in Japanese (but wikipedia tells me that some believe the sound existed in Japanese before they had an alphabet) and the We character that is used instead was discarded in 1946 when the Japanese language went through a bit of restructuring. So why does the character We get written as Ye in English? Apparently it used to be common practice to take words written as E or WE in Japanese and spell them with a y in English. For example, how about the word yen? In Japanese there is no y in the pronunciation of this word. It becomes en.

Ebisu station

Ebisu station sign

ebisu garden place

Ebisu Garden Place. The beer museum and the photography museum are somewhere around here.

fancy

Too fancy to be outdoors, but it is anyway chandelier

BK with donuts

A BK and a Krisy Kreme?? American glutton heaven! I had to stop by the Burger King and get me some fries.

public art

public art

fancy

I don't know what this building is, but it looks fancy.

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3 Comments »

  1. RANDOM French chateau? whaat?

    Comment by reccaphoenix — January 13, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    • I know, right???

      Comment by myyearinjapan — January 14, 2011 @ 10:59 am

  2. […] other half of the Yamanote line going counter clockwise from Shinjuku to Yoyogi, Harajuku, Shibuya, Ebisu, Meguro, Gotanda, Osaki, Shinagawa, Tamachi, Hamamatsucho, Shinbashi, Yurakucho, Tokyo, and finally […]

    Pingback by Yamanote Line Project (Part 29) – Kanda Station « 日本での一年間 — January 26, 2011 @ 12:21 am


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