Watanabe (渡辺 "cross border") is the fifth most common Japanese surname. The first to be named Watanabe were kuge (court nobles), direct descendants of the Emperor Saga (786-842). The most famous member of the family historically is the samurai Watanabe no Tsuna (953-1025), companion in arms of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (944-1021), and famous for..
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(from the article `saka-Kbe metropolitan area`) ...imperial capital in 794, land and water routes between saka and Kyto were improved. The reclamation of the delta of the Yodo River allowed the ...
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