Azabu Juban

Azabu-jūban is a district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan. It is a lively residential area in central Tokyo with a mixture of Japanese shops, restaurants and bars. Azabu Juban has an interesting shopping strip with a mixture of Japanese and western shops restaurants and bars. 
Towards the end of August, Azabu-Juban holds one of the biggest international food festivals in Tokyo; a great mixture of Japanese and western foods to try.  
Much of Azabu was destroyed during the firebombing of Tokyo in 1945, although a special bunker created for the privileged classes that lived there saved many lives, including interestingly Yoko Ono’s. 
This is the district of Tokyo where manga artist Naoko Takeuchi lives, and the Azabu Jūban area is the setting of her fictional Sailor Moon series. 
Azabu is also the location of many international embassies and consulates, Embassies of Russia, China, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Slovakia, Taiwan, Norway, Philippines, Finland, South Korea, Iran, France and Greece as well as a large “gaijin” (foreign) population. 


Azabu-juban Shopping District Promotion Union commissioned a number of sculptures through the cooperation of 12 embassies in the surrounding area, each nominating one representative sculptor, using the theme smile these works were installed on Juban and Patio Streets.  

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 2 days on Saturday and Sunday with the streets being lined with local stalls and food vendors.  

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