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Japanese History

What does Ginza mean?

Today Ginza is the center of fashion and luxury brands in Japan, but its origin is quite humble and its fame grew over the centuries.

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Japanese History

What does Nihonbashi mean?

Nihonbashi! Once the most famous bridge in Japan, now most people are surprised to hear there’s actually a bridge here at all.

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Japanese History

What does Shibuya mean?

If read literally, Shibuya means “bitter valley.” However, there are multiple theories about this famous place name’s etymology.

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Book Reviews

Book Review – Yoshiwara: The Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan

Yoshiwara: the Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan by Cecilia Segawa Seigle is a great social history of Edo’s pleasure quarters.

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Japanese History

Book Review – Anjin: The Life & Times of Samurai William Adams

This is a fantastic book about William Adams/Miura Anjin which aims to tell his story “through Japanese eyes.” A must-read for anyone who wants to live in Japan.

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Japanese History Japanese Mythology Japanese Shrines & Temples

Amaterasu and the Rock Cave Explained

After reading the Rock Cave Myth, let’s explore what scholars say about it.

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Japanese History Japanese Mythology Japanese Shrines & Temples

Amaterasu and the Rock Cave

Amaterasu and the Rock Cave Myth – the most important Japanese legend.

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Japanese History Japanese Mythology Japanese Shrines & Temples

The Japanese Creation Myth Explained

What does it all mean? This is my in depth breakdown of the Japanese Creation Myth.

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Japanese History Japanese Mythology Japanese Shrines & Temples

The Japanese Creation Myth

Japanese mythology is confusing, but let’s break down in easy, bite-sized parts and start at the beginning of everything.

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Japanese History Japanese Mythology Japanese Shrines & Temples

Japanese Cosmology

Welcome to the wonderful world of Japanese Mythology

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Japanese History

What does Hatsudai mean?

The women of Edo Castle are often a mystery to us. Let’s see what we can learn about one special woman, Lady Hatsudai.

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Japanese History

What does Tennōzu Isle mean?

A rags to riches story. From sandbar to waterfront boardwalk. What does Tennoze Isle mean?

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Japanese History

What does Miyakezaka mean?

The Miyake clan may not be very famous, but they definitely left their mark on Edo-Tokyo topography.

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Japanese History

What does Jinnan mean?

Shibuya – shopping paradise? tourist trap?

What does Jinnan mean?

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Japanese History

What does Udagawacho mean?

Have you ever been to Shibuya? It’s made of many neighborhoods. Let’s explore!

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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples

What does Inaricho mean?

What do foxes and subways have in common?

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Haunted Tokyo Japanese History

What does Meotobashi mean?

Lovers and human sacrifice?

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Japanese History

What does Aomonoyokochō mean?

Exploring one neighborhood in Japan’s largest medieval post town.

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Japanese History

What does Takaido mean?

What do cedar trees, post towns, and sexxxy parties have in common?

What does Takaido mean?

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Japanese History

What does Narimasu mean?

The greatest fast food capital you’ve never heard of (plus, the shittiest castle ever).

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Japanese History

What does Shimbamba mean?

Let’s explore the old Tōkaidō road on the outskirts of Edo.

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Japanese History

What does Tachiaigawa mean?

A neighborhood in Tōkyō forgotten by time, but cool af.

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Japanese History Travel in Japan

Kura – All About Kura – Japan’s Traditional Storehouses

A common sight in both the city and country, earthen storehouses called “kura” are a quintessential part of the Japanese architectural landscape.

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Japanese History Japanese Subculture Travel in Japan

What does Kanda mean? (part two)

Follow up to the last article on Kanda & Kanda Shrine.

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#rivered Japanese History Travel in Japan

What does Kanda mean?

People have been asking for this one since 2013. I finally did it in 2 parts.

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Japanese Festivals Japanese Music Japanese Subculture

Japanese Summer Songs

Beat the heat with the best Japanese summer songs!

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Japanese History

What does Taitō mean?

Taitō Ward and Minato Ward are the hubs of Edo-Tōkyō History, but how did Taitō get its name?

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Japanese History

What does Koganei mean?

Today, let’s get out of central Tōkyō and explore a popular Edo Period hanami day trip spot.

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Japanese History

What does Hachiko mean?

Ever wonder how Japan’s most famous dog got his name?

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Edo Execution Ground Spectacular! Japanese History

A Tour of Denma-chō Prison & Execution Ground

Let’s take a video tour around one of Edo’s execution grounds♪

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Japanese History

What does Iogi mean?

Iogi is a minor station, but it gives us an excuse to explore Edo’s sanitation system.

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Japanese History

The History of Hanami

We all love hanami and sakura, but where did it all start? Let’s take a look at the history of hanami.