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Tokyo City (東京市 Tōkyō-shi) was a Japanese municipality located in the center of the Tokyo urban area. It existed from 1889 to 1943, when it was merged with Tokyo Prefecture to form the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. The historical boundaries of Tokyo City are now occupied by 23 special wards. Some people still use the name to refer collectively to the 23 special wards, which, while convenient, is inaccurate; the wards do not share a mayor or a city council, but rather function as completely separate municipalities under the metropolitan government. Long a symbol of Tokyo, the Nijubashi Bridge at the Kokyo Imperial Palace. ... The 23 special wards (特別区 tokubetsuku) are self-governing, special municipalities in the central and most populous part of Tokyo, Japan. ...


History

In 1868, the medieval city Edo, seat of the Tokugawa government, was renamed Tokyo, the Eastern Capital. Then, the offices of Tokyo Prefecture (-fu) were opened. The extent of Tokyo Prefecture was initially limited to the former Edo city (15 wards listed below), but rapidly augumented to be comparable with the present Tokyo Metropolis. Edo (Japanese: 江戸, literally: bay-door, estuary), once also spelled Yedo or Yeddo, is the former name of the Japanese capital Tokyo. ... The Tokugawa shogunate or Tokugawa bakufu (徳川幕府) (also known as the Edo bakufu) was a feudal military dictatorship of Japan established in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu and ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family until 1868. ... Edo (Japanese: 江戸, literally: bay-door, estuary), once also spelled Yedo or Yeddo, is the former name of the Japanese capital Tokyo. ...


In 1878, 15 wards and 6 districts were placed under Tokyo Prefecture. Wards were placed in the former Edo city. Edo (Japanese: 江戸, literally: bay-door, estuary), once also spelled Yedo or Yeddo, is the former name of the Japanese capital Tokyo. ...

In 1889, Tokyo City (-shi) was formed with these 15 wards. National Diet Building, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine, Kudan Kita 3-1-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Otemon, the Great Gate of Edo Castle (Kokyo) Chiyoda (千代田区; -ku) is a special ward in central Tokyo, Japan. ... Jump to: navigation, search Chūō (中央区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Jump to: navigation, search Chūō (中央区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... National Diet Building, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Yasukuni Shrine, Kudan Kita 3-1-1, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo Otemon, the Great Gate of Edo Castle (Kokyo) Chiyoda (千代田区; -ku) is a special ward in central Tokyo, Japan. ... Kōtō (江東区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Sumida (Japanese: 墨田区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Cherry blossoms at Ueno Park Cast in 1692, the bronze bell at Sensoji rang the time for centuries. ... Cherry blossoms at Ueno Park Cast in 1692, the bronze bell at Sensoji rang the time for centuries. ... Akamon Gate at the University of Tokyo. ... Akamon Gate at the University of Tokyo. ... Skyscrapers in West Shinjuku Neon signs along Yasukuni-dori in Shinjuku In daytime. ... Skyscrapers in West Shinjuku Neon signs along Yasukuni-dori in Shinjuku In daytime. ... Minato (港区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Minato (港区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Minato (港区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ...


In 1932, Tokyo City was augumented with 20 wards from surrounding districts.

In 1943, Tokyo City and Tokyo Prefecture were united into Tokyo Metropolis (-to). The previous wards became directly administered by the Metropolis. Tokyo ceased to be the name of a city at that time. Kōtō (江東区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Sumida (Japanese: 墨田区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Arakawa (Japanese: 荒川区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Kita (Japanese: 北区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Kōtō (江東区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Skyscrapers in West Shinjuku Neon signs along Yasukuni-dori in Shinjuku In daytime. ... Shibuya at night The statue of Hachiko is a favorite meeting spot in Tokyo. ... Categories: Wards of Tokyo | Japan geography stubs ... Shinagawa (品川区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Shinagawa (品川区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Edogawa (Japanese: 江戸川区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Katsushika (葛飾区; ku) is a special ward located in northeast Tokyo, Japan. ... Adachi (足立区; -ku) is a special ward located in the northern part of Tokyo, Japan. ... Kita (Japanese: 北区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Itabashi (板橋区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... Nerima (練馬区; -ku) is the northwestern-most of the 23 special wards comprising the urban center of Tokyo, Japan. ... Categories: Wards of Tokyo | Japan geography stubs ... Suginami (杉並区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... A view of southern Setagaya-Ku Setagaya (世田谷区; -ku) is a special ward located in southwest Tokyo, Japan. ... ÅŒta (Japanese: 大田区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ... ÅŒta (Japanese: 大田区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ...


In 1947, Tokyo Metropolis was reformed with the same status as the other prefectures, while retaining its name and subtle speciality. The previous wards were merged into 22. They each received a status comparable to that of a city.


In 1947, Nerima was separated from Itabashi forming the 23rd special ward. Nerima (練馬区; -ku) is the northwestern-most of the 23 special wards comprising the urban center of Tokyo, Japan. ... Itabashi (板橋区; -ku) is a special ward located in Tokyo, Japan. ...


Municipality

Until 1947, people in Tokyo City had limited local government compared to counterparts in other areas of Japan.


  Results from FactBites:
 
Tokyo - City Guide (490 words)
Tokyo is also one of Japan's 47 prefectures, but is called a metropolis (to) rather than a prefecture (ken).
The metropolis of Tokyo consists of 23 city wards (ku), 26 cities, 5 towns and 8 villages, including the Izu and Ogasawara Islands, several small Pacific Islands in the south of Japan's main island Honshu.
Large parts of Tokyo were destroyed in the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923 and in the air raids of 1945.
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