What does Ōkubo mean? Samurai and guns – woo hoo! Continue reading What does Ōkubo mean?
Today we reach the last 2 stations, Hamamatsu-chō & Tamachi. Continue reading Yamanote Line: Hamamatsu-chō and Tamachi
有楽町Yūraku-chō 新橋Shinbashi Yūraku-chō The area called Yūraku-chō lies in an area that used be a fortified island between the inner and outer moats of Edo Castle. In fact, the elevated train tracks supported by red brick foundations are built on … Continue reading Yamanote Line: Yūraku-chō and Shinbashi
Almost at the end of our loop around Tōkyō so it’s about time we get to Tōkyō Station. Continue reading Yamanote Line: Tōkyō
I somehow made a light piece about Akihabara and Kanda.
#SettingTheStage #Japan #Edo #Tokyo Continue reading Yamanote Line: Akihabara and Kanda
Take a tour with me of this area, words don’t do it justice. Continue reading Yamanote Line: Ueno and Okachimachi
We fittin’ to get deeeeeeep in the history of this city. Continue reading Yamanote Line: Nishi-Nippori, Nippori, Uguisudani
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
I’m gonna get some blow back for this one.
Next stop on the Yamanote Line:
Shin-Ōkubo Continue reading Yamanote Line: Shin-Ōkubo
All aboard the #YamanoteLine!
#Harajuku, #Yoyogi, #Shinjuku! Continue reading Yamanote Line: Harajuku, Yoyogi, and Shinjuku
Shibuya is a neighborhood that makes a huge impact at first and soon becomes seriously irritating. Continue reading Yamanote Line: Shibuya
I remember when I 0 readers. Thanks for all your support! We’ve made it to 300 articles on #etymology and #JapanHistory. Unbelievable. Continue reading 300th Article Anniversary!
The term “yamanote” is synonymous with “upscale” and both Meguro and Ebisu fit that description. Continue reading Yamanote Line: Meguro and Ebisu
Not the most glamorous stations of the Yamanote Line, but Ōsaki and Gotanda are not without their charms. Continue reading Yamanote Line: Ōsaki and Gotanda
First stop on the #YamanoteLine is #Shinagawa Station which used to be on #Tokyo Bay! Continue reading Yamanote Line: Shinagawa
Tachikawa is a Tokyo suburb. It’s famous for Rainbow Pool, a former US Air Force Base, and a North Korean school! Continue reading What does Tachikawa mean?
#Harajuku means a lot of things to many people, but the area was insignificant until the 1920’s and finally prospered in the post-war years. Continue reading What does Harajuku mean?
There’s a new service specializing in tourism for Japanese History. It may include beer! Help me spread the word, guys! Continue reading I Have a Huge Announcement!
JapanThis! Where etymology, Japanese history, and James muthafuckin’ Bond collide. Yeah, you read that right. Continue reading What does Kioi-chō mean?
Nagata-chō is to Japan what Washington DC or Downing Street are to the US and UK. Go #metonym power! Continue reading What does Nagatachō mean?
Ōme was far from Edo but today it is one of the most beautiful areas of the Greater Tōkyō Metropolitan Area. It also has a connection to a legendary Kantō samurai hero. Continue reading What does Ōme mean?
Shinjuku is one of the craziest places in Tokyo. Guess what. It’s ALWAYS been like that! Continue reading What does Shinjuku mean?
Goten’yama was one of Edo’s most famous spots for cherry blossom viewing… until it wasn’t. Continue reading What does Gotenyama mean?
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?