Taiyu-in is the funerary temple of Tokugawa Iemitsu. It’s located in Nikko next to Tosho-gu. It became the standard for all shogun graves. Continue reading Taiyu-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Iemitsu
The women of Edo Castle are often a mystery to us. Let’s see what we can learn about one special woman, Lady Hatsudai. Continue reading What does Hatsudai mean?
The Miyake clan may not be very famous, but they definitely left their mark on Edo-Tokyo topography. Continue reading What does Miyakezaka mean?
Let’s explore the old Tōkaidō road on the outskirts of Edo. Continue reading What does Shimbamba mean?
A common sight in both the city and country, earthen storehouses called “kura” are a quintessential part of the Japanese architectural landscape. Continue reading Kura – All About Kura – Japan’s Traditional Storehouses
#Hanami is right around the corner and Asukayama was one of #Edo’s most famous spots!
What does Ōkubo mean? Samurai and guns – woo hoo! Continue reading What does Ōkubo mean?
Today we’re going to visit 4 stations on the Yamanote Line. I hope you’ll join me for this whirlwind tour of Edo-Tōkyō! Continue reading Yamanote Line: Ōtsuka, Sugamo, Komagome, Tabata
We’re on an odd stretch of the Yamanote Line today. We’ll see some of the most elite areas and some of the stinkiest. Continue reading Yamanote Line: Takadanobaba, Meijiro, and Ikebukuro
There’s a new service specializing in tourism for Japanese History. It may include beer! Help me spread the word, guys! Continue reading I Have a Huge Announcement!
Nagata-chō is to Japan what Washington DC or Downing Street are to the US and UK. Go #metonym power! Continue reading What does Nagatachō mean?
Goten’yama was one of Edo’s most famous spots for cherry blossom viewing… until it wasn’t. Continue reading What does Gotenyama mean?
Halloween is right around the corner, so I thought we’d look at a haunted hill in Mita – Yūrei-zaka! (Ghost Hill) Continue reading What does Yūrei-zaka mean?
Today we’ll look at the biographies of a few people who called Tōkyō’s Honjo area home. Continue reading 10 Famous People From Honjo
Recently, we’ve been exploring the Sumida River area. Today I decided to write about an obscure shrine with a fascinating history. Continue reading What does Ushima mean?
Today we’re looking at one of Tōkyō’s best kept secrets. It seems like Asakusa’s boring cousin, but the town is steeped in the history of Edo-Tōkyō. Continue reading What does Mukōjima mean?
Egota/Ekota is one of the most contentious place names in Tōkyō. No one agrees on where it comes from. Hell, people can’t even agree on how to pronounce it. Continue reading What does Egota mean?
徳川将軍家之墓Tokugawa Shōgun-ke no Haka (graves of the Tokugawa Shōgun family) In May of 2013, I decided to write a series on the quest that sparked my passion for Japanese history: my quest to visit the graves of each Tokugawa shōgun[i]. … Continue reading Graves of the Tokugawa Shōguns
Continuing with our 6th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line. Continue reading Ōedo Line: Kasuga
In Tokyo’s most crowded ward, there’s a place only 900 people live. Shinanomachi is an EPIC place name. Continue reading What does Shinanomachi mean?
Today I’m going to talk about how Edo Period cities protected themselves and then we’re going to burn some Christians. In the early Edo Period, these were almost synonymous terms. Continue reading What does Fuda no Tsuji mean?
Kiyokawa Hachirō was a duplicitous terrorist whose final days Continue reading Kiyokawa Hachirō and the Mystery Graves Nobody Cares About
I decided to take a few reader questions! Continue reading Ask Me Anything
Today let’s look at Kitami, a place name closely related to Edo. Continue reading What does Kitami mean?
What does Mishuku mean? It looks like “three post towns,” but linguists think it originally meant “the place where water abounds.” Continue reading What does Mishuku mean?
I had a little free time so I added one more article to my series on bridges named after shrines and temples!
Continue reading What does Eitaibashi 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?
It’s sounds inaka, but so does your mom. Continue reading What does Tamachi mean?
大森貝塚Ōmori Kaizuka (Omori Shell Mound) The other day I wrote about Ōmori and I mentioned that there was a paleolithic trash dump there that was the first archaeological dig in Japan. I had a little free time so I decided to check it out and take some pictures for the site. Actually, it was a lot less interesting than I thought it would be, but I don’t want the pictures to go to waste. Hopefully, there’s some interesting stuff in here for you. . Support Japan This! Follow Japan This! on InstagramJapan This! on FacefookJapan This! on Twitter Donate Support every … Continue reading A Visit to the Omori Kaizuka
Today we’re talking about Kameari in Katsushika Ward. It’s an interesting place name that’’s easy to speculate about because of the kanji. Continue reading What does Kameari mean?