There are a cluster of places names related to horses in Setagaya and I want to get to the bottom of it! Continue reading Setagaya and its Freaky Horse Fetish
Setagaya may not be the most exciting place in the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo, but it’s no slouch. Famous for its inaccessibility, it offers affordable housing and… the Ii Clan’s Funerary Temple in Edo. Continue reading What does Setagaya mean?
Amaterasu and the Rock Cave Myth – the most important Japanese legend. Continue reading Amaterasu and the Rock Cave
What do cedar trees, post towns, and sexxxy parties have in common?
What does Takaido mean? Continue reading What does Takaido 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
People have been asking for this one since 2013. I finally did it in 2 parts. Continue reading What does Kanda mean?
Taitō Ward and Minato Ward are the hubs of Edo-Tōkyō History, but how did Taitō get its name? Continue reading What does Taitō 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
めでてー！めでてー！ Medetē! Medetē! (“Happy happy! Joy joy!” In the Edo Dialect) Happy New Year, everyone! As has become a tradition here at JapanThis!, my first post of the year is a heartfelt ありがとうございます arigatō gozaimasu thank you very much! and a very humble 今年もよろしくお願い申し上げます kotoshi mo yoroshiku o-negai mōshiagemasu I’m hoping for your support this year, too! Waaaaaaaaay back in the day, I started writing this blog because I thought it would be fun, but the real fun has been seeing that people actually read it and enjoy it. I’m honored and humbled by you, dear reader. This is my little … Continue reading The Year in Review – 2015
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?
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
調布の玉川Chōfu no Tamagawa (a reference to cloth production and dyeing on the Tama River) In reference to my article entitled Setagaya and its Freaky Horse Fetish, I was going to name this article The Tama River Basin and its Freaky … Continue reading What does Chōfu mean? (Part Deux)
I decided to take a few reader questions! Continue reading Ask Me Anything
Talk about flogging a dead horse. I found another horse-related place name in Setagaya.. but this time with hookers and blow! Continue reading What does Baji Kōen mean?
My final word on Setagaya for now. But what a long strange trip it’s been!!
Continue reading What does Taishido mean?
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?
Today’s place name isn’t the most exciting and the area isn’t much better, but we have magical bugs living inside people. That’s cool, right? Continue reading What does Gohongi mean?
Once a place for pilgrims to make a brief pit stop, today Sangenjaya is a hot spot for eating and drinking. Continue reading What does Sangenjaya mean?
The 7th and final installation on my series “RIvers of Edo-Tokyo.” Today I’ll talk about the glorified storm drain called the Meguro River.
Continue reading The Meguro River
The Tama RIver is another river associated with the Edo Period, but in reality, it's history goes back much further…
Continue reading The Tama River
The story of the Kanda River is a story as old as Edo itself. It is part and parcel of the evolution of the city. Continue reading The Kanda River
Does the city name Yōga have anything to do with yoga exercise? Many people believe it does. Continue reading What does Yoga mean?
Went a little long on this on… sorry about that. But I love Tokyo. I wanted to explore the forgotten side… Continue reading What does Edo mean?
Today we’ll look at Edo largest prison and talk about some of the ghoulish ways in which criminals were executed. Continue reading Denma-cho Prison
Hey you! Wants some candy? Get in the car with me and I’ll tell you all about why Shimo-Kitazawa is called Shimo-Kitazawa. Continue reading What does Shimo-Kitazawa mean?
I’ve been writing about Tokyo places names for half a year now and I don’t know why I haven’t written about this one. This was the first origin story I ever heard. Now I’ll share it with you. Continue reading What does Mitaka 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?
山手と下町Yamanote to Shitamachi (the High City and the Low City) Why Am I Re-Writing My Yamanote vs Shitamachi Page? Yes, there was another page here that explained – in a really scattershot way – my experiences with 山手 yamanote the … Continue reading Yamanote and Shitamachi