Drastic Changes in Land Use

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After the Meiji Restoration, the majority of former samurai residences were seized by the new government, and were altered greatly into mansions for the imperial family and aristocracy, government land, military land and land for public facilities. The sites of the residences of the Wakizaka, Date and Hoshina (Matsudaira) families in the Shiodome district that became railroad land are typical examples of this, but there were also examples of land where people lived during the Edo Period making a drastic transformation into cemeteries for the dead after the Restoration.