Continuing with our 4th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line. Continue reading Ōedo Line: Ushigome-Yanagichō and Ushigome-Kagurazaka
Kondo Isami’s dōjō? The birthplace of the Shinsengumi? Lead poisoning? Shinjuku? WTF??? Continue reading What does Ushigome-Yanagicho mean?
Middle class and upper middle class samurai? Yes, please! Continue reading What does Ushigome Tansu Machi mean?
牛込 Ushigome (Crowd of Cows) 。 。 牛 ushi cow 込 komi[i] swarming, huddling, amassed, crowded, “in bulk” 。 According to Japanese Wikipedia[ii], in 701, in accordance to the Taihō Code, a livestock ranch was established in this area. In fact, two were established which were sometimes referred to as 牛牧 gyūmaki a cow ranch and 馬牧 umamaki a horse ranch. These two locations came to be referred to as 牛込 Ushigome and 駒込 Komagome. The fact that there was a cattle/dairy ranch here in the Asuka Period is a known fact (it’s documented). The horse ranch is a different … Continue reading What does Ushigome 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?
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
Today let’s look at Kitami, a place name closely related to Edo. Continue reading What does Kitami mean?
The Tama RIver is another river associated with the Edo Period, but in reality, it's history goes back much further…
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This place name is a hot mess. All aboard the Tangent Express!!! Continue reading What does Myogadani mean?
Yesterday we talked about Akasaka. Today we’ll talk about Akasaka-mitsuke, a much more “samurai sounding” place name. Enjoy! Continue reading What does Akasaka-Mitsuke 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
This one doesn’t have much of a story, but it’s definitely a cool spot in Tokyo. Kagura is a kind of Shinto ritual dance. Continue reading What does Kagurazaka mean?