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Takadanobaba , often referred to simply as “Baba”, is a popular area for international students proximity to Waseda University and Gakushuin University.
The name of the Takadanobaba Station高田馬場・たかだのばばえき has an interesting story behind it. The area was originally developed in 1636 for the 将軍しょうぐん・Shogun and his family to ride 馬うま・horses. It was built by Matsudaira Tadateru松平忠輝・まつだいらただてる, the 6th son of Tokugawa Ieyasu徳川家康・とくがわいえやす, for his mother because she enjoyed watching 流鏑馬やぶさめ・horseback archery.
Tadateru’s mother was from the Takada Fief高田藩・たかだはん in Niigata Prefecture長野県ながのけん and as such she was addressed as Lady Takada茶阿局・ちゃあのつぼね. There’s no place to ride horses here now but 高田馬場たかだのばば・Takadanobaba means, “the horse grounds of Lady Takada”.
Takadanobaba is home to the prestigious 早稲田大学わせだだいがく・Waseda University and being a college neighborhood, it also have numerious inexpensive 居酒屋いざかや・izakayas, カフェcafes, as well as some of the cheapest 不動産ふどうさん・real estate in 東京とうきょう・Tokyo.