What meaning does the Yamanote Line in Tokyo hold, and why was it built? There is a legend that states it was built as an “iron barrier.”
In contrast to the Yamanote Line, which runs in a circle, the Chuo Line meanders through the centre of it. If you draw a map, it’s like a yin and yang symbol drawn by a sorcerer.
Additionally, you can find the Imperial Palace located where the dot of yin inside the yang is. On the opposing side, you’ll find Shinjuku. Not only that, but the yang portion of the line is called Yamanote, while the yin portion is called Shitamachi, or the lower parts of town.
The reason it’s like this is to protect the Imperial Palace from bad energy. Plans were drawn up during World War I and that’s how it’s said this iron barrier came about.
It’s also notable that until the Chuo Line enters the Yamanote Line, it’s a straight, direct track. This is to bring good energy into the capital from Mount Takao in the west, while Mount Narita in the east does the same on the Sobu Main Line, and the newly opened Tsukuba Express in the north also brings in good energy from Mount Tsukuba.
Ever since these lines opened the economy of Tokyo has improved, particularly in Akihabara where the Tsukuba Express and Sobu Main Line meet.