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Continuing with our 29th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō
What does Mishuku mean? It looks like “three post towns,” but linguists think it originally meant “the place where water abounds.”
There are a cluster of places names related to horses in Setagaya and I want to get to the bottom of it!
Ota Dokan did it! Well, in this case, he probably did. Let’s get it on.
Today’s is a tale of castles, slums, soy sauce, global business, and beautiful gardens. Put down your beer goggles and strap-on and prepare to learn about Morishita!!
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 […]
A rich guy, a castle and a nature preserve walk into a bar…
Went a little long on this on… sorry about that. But I love Tokyo. I wanted to explore the forgotten side…
Kasuga no Tsubone, or Lady Kasuga, was a certified card carrying bad ass of the Muromachi Period and Edo Period. She instituted and managed the shogun’s harem. She had an income equal to that of a feudal lord. She pulled the strings of shogunal succession that guaranteed the ascendancy of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the first peace-time Tokugawa shogun. Tokyo remembers her with a street and train station. lol
Why is Kasuga Street called Kasuga Street?