Continuing with our 29th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō Continue reading Ōedo Line: Toshimaen
Ota Dokan again?
Yes. Since I talked about Shakujii and Nerima last week, this week I’ve decided to hit the next most closely related topics; Toshima, Kita, and Itabashi. By Wednesday… and with the help of a simple map, you’ll probably see what’s going on here clearly. Continue reading What does Toshima 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. Continue reading What does Hatsudai mean?
The greatest fast food capital you’ve never heard of (plus, the shittiest castle ever). Continue reading What does Narimasu mean?
People have been asking for this one since 2013. I finally did it in 2 parts. Continue reading What does Kanda mean?
#Hanami is right around the corner and Asukayama was one of #Edo’s most famous spots!
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
王子Ōji (imperial prince, but more at “a kami divided from another kami”) Ōji – A Princely Namesake… or Something Like That… To modern eyes, this place name means “prince.” In a very general sense, it could be understood as a … Continue reading What does Ōji mean?
Today’s article is short, but it’s the prelude to a much larger story. Continue reading What does Jūjō 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?
都営大江戸泉Toei Ōedo-sen (Metropolitan Greater Edo Area Line) Venice of East,Queen of Rails Edo was sometimes called the Venice of the East because its many rivers and moats were the fastest modes of transportation in the shōgun’s capital. Sadly, very little … Continue reading Explore the Ōedo Line
Continuing with our 30th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō Continue reading Ōedo Line: Nerima Kasuga-chō
Continuing with our 28th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō Continue reading Ōedo Line: Shin-Egota and Nerima
Continuing with our 27th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō Continue reading Ōedo Line: Ochiai-Minami-Nagasaki
Tsukisha and Tsukiji are famous Tokyo neighborhoods. But do you know Tsukuda? Continue reading What is the Tsukishima Area?
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
Rivers, dead prostitutes, executions, class discrimination, drainage ditches, and naming conventions. This article’s got it all! Continue reading The Arakawa River
隅田川Sumidagawa (literally, “corner river,” but actually no known meaning) First a quick note.WordPress isn’t handling footnotes correctly anymore.Not sure why.You’ll have to manually scroll to the end of the article to read them. Sorry about that. I’ve been told by Japanese people that “Japan is a country of water.” The idea being that there’s literally water everywhere and given the abundance of 温泉 onsen hot springs and rivers and… well, it’s a freaking island surrounded by water, I can’t argue with them. But herein lays the problem with this series[i]. When you have lots of water and people are living … Continue reading The Sumida River
Today we’re going to wrap up our little journey around 文京区 Bunkyō-ku Bunkyō Ward which has taken us to Myōgadani, Koishikawa, and finally Hakusan. Continue reading What does Hakusan mean?
This may be the closest you get to experiencing a real daimyo garden in Edo. Continue reading What does Koishikawa mean?
The history of this place name is actually a mystery but it is usually explained by a legend. The interesting thing is that this place name may be based on the ultimate oyaji gag. Continue reading What does Takaramachi mean?
Asakusa – one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Japan. Continue reading What does Asakusa mean?
Kasai seems like a place name, and the term is used, but in Tokyo, there actually isn’t any real area named Kasai. Yet, the name is very ancient. So, say hello to my little friend, Kasai. Continue reading What does Kasai mean?
Komagome is on the Yamanote Line. Besides that and the etymology, that’s about all I know about this part of town. Continue reading What does Komagome 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?
Musashi was an old Japanese province, however the name is still with us today. Continue reading What does Musashi mean?
Taking a break from the Toshima Clan’s lands, we’ll move back into solidly Tokugawa territory. This will set up a 16 part series that will begin next week. So let’s find out what “Shiba” means in Japanese. Continue reading What does Shiba mean?
Itabashi is notorious to Shinsengumi lovers. I’ve been there many times for お墓参り, but the name of the town always made me wonder. Was there a bridge? Was there a plank? Today let’s find out what Itabashi means! Continue reading Why is Itabashi called Itabashi?
Yesterday we talked about the Toshima clan and the Toshima district that later became the North Toshima District.
Today we’ll find out what happened to that “North” years later in the last administrative reshuffling of Tokyo’s wards. Continue reading Why is Kita called Kita?