Most of the train lines in Tōkyō have names based on whatever major area they originated/terminated – or at least stopped at. For example, the Marunouchi Line’s most important stations were in the former Marunouchi (Daimyō Alley) and the Yamanote Line connected centers of the “new Yamanote.[ii]” Some of the more ambitious, longer train lines have names that describe their start/stop points in general terms. This type of name usually reflects the tendency of the Japanese language to make new matches out of existing kanji.
Most of these names are self-evident to the Japanese, especially people who live and/or work in and around Tōkyō. But many of these names may be slightly mysterious to foreigners. Continue reading Tokyo Train Line Names
What does Hatchōbori mean? It’s not an 8 city moat, by the way. Continue reading Why is Hatchōbori called Hatchōbori
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People have been asking for this one since 2013. I finally did it in 2 parts. Continue reading What does Kanda mean?
Tachikawa is a Tokyo suburb. It’s famous for Rainbow Pool, a former US Air Force Base, and a North Korean school! Continue reading What does Tachikawa mean?
I thought today’s place name would be boring, but it actually turns out to be an area with quite a rich history… possibly. Continue reading What does Yotsugi mean?
Famous for its Tanabata Festival, Asagaya was a literary hub in post-earthquake Tokyo. Continue reading What does Asagaya mean?
A staple of modern Japan cuisine began in the heart of Edo on an island most Tōkyōites have never heard of! Continue reading What does Tsukuda mean?
There’s a mall called Venus Fort in O-daiba. Today you’re gonna learn why… whether you like it or not. Continue reading What does Odaiba mean?
Today we’re talking about ASS. Not just any ASS, but LAKE ASS. Think you can handle this? Alright then, let’s get it on! Awwwwwwwwwwwww yeah!!! Continue reading What does Ikejiri mean?
Maids, otaku, great bars and izakayas, a nice mix of families, artists, students, freaks and a super convenient location makes Nakano one of the unsung cool wards of Tokyo. Plus it’s the porn capital of Asia… Continue reading What does Nakano mean?