This area has been inhabited since the late Paleolithic Period. Continue reading Irugi Shrine
Osaki is located on the Yamanote Line between Gotanda and Shinagawa… and that’s pretty much all I can say about the area. Continue reading What does Ōsaki mean?
In the Edo Period, this area was ocean. Today it’s skyscrapers! Continue reading What does Kōnan mean?
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
This is a collection of scholarly articles exploring the urban geography, architecture, and projection of power in the landscapes of Kyōto, Edo, and Tōkyō. Fantastic for lovers of spatial anthropology. Continue reading Book Review – Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective
Umayabashi is not the most famous bridge in Tōkyō by a long shot, but it does have an interesting story and etymology. Continue reading What does Umayabashi 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?
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?
Japanese ghost hunters claim this is Tokyo’s most haunted spot. It’s the site of multiple murders Continue reading Dōryō-dō – the Haunted Temple of Hachiōji
Hachiōji is a suburb in West Tōkyō and home to a haunted mountain. Continue reading What does Hachiōji mean?
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?
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
Honjo began as one of Edo’s elite areas but soon developed a rich commoner culture. By the Shōwa Period it was a polluted flophouse on a filthy river. Continue reading What does Honjo mean?
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?
Ever felt like drowning yourself in the ocean to appease a magic sky daddy? Me neither.
Let’s learn about Oshiage – home of Tokyo Skytree! Continue reading What does Oshiage 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?
In the spring, I happened upon a shrine that was almost in ruins. I finally got around to researching and it found it the shrine has a fascinating history! Continue reading What does Shiogama 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?
Finishing up with our 31st and final installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō on the Ōedo Line. Last stop, Hikarigaoka Station.
Thanks for reading! Continue reading Ōedo Line: Hikarigaoka
Continuing with our 30th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō Continue reading Ōedo Line: Nerima Kasuga-chō
Continuing with our 29th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō Continue reading Ōedo Line: Toshimaen
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
Continuing with our 26th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō Continue reading Ōedo Line: Higashi Nakano and Nakai
Continuing with our 25th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line. Continue reading Ōedo Line: Nakano-Sakaue
Continuing with our 24th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line. Continue reading Ōedo Line: Tochōmae and Nishi-Shinjuku Go-chōme
Continuing with our 23rd installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line. Continue reading Ōedo Line: Yoyogi and Shinjuku
Continuing with our 22.5th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line. Continue reading Ōedo Line: Kokuritsu Kyōgijō
Continuing with our 22nd installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line. Continue reading Ōedo Line: Aoyama Itchōme