A common sight in both the city and country, earthen storehouses called “kura” are a quintessential part of the Japanese architectural landscape.
Follow up to the last article on Kanda & Kanda Shrine.
People have been asking for this one since 2013. I finally did it in 2 parts.
I remember when I 0 readers. Thanks for all your support! We’ve made it to 300 articles on #etymology and #JapanHistory. Unbelievable.
The term “yamanote” is synonymous with “upscale” and both Meguro and Ebisu fit that description.
My long overdue exploration of Tōkyō via the Yamanote Line begins here. I hope you’ll stick around for the whole series!
#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.
There’s a new service specializing in tourism for Japanese History. It may include beer! Help me spread the word, guys!
Continuing with our 15th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.
Continuing with our 14th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.
First installment on my series exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.
Tsukisha and Tsukiji are famous Tokyo neighborhoods. But do you know Tsukuda?
Shinagawa Station in History I haven’t updated in a while, so please accept my apologies. I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment but there is an article in the works. That said, an idea came to me while on the shitter thinking about Edo Bay vs. Tōkyō Bay (as one does). So […]
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.
大森貝塚Ōmori Kaizuka (Omori Shell Mound) The other day I wrote about Ōmori and I mentioned that there was a paleolithic trash dump there that was the first archaeological dig in Japan. I had a little free time so I decided to check it out and take some pictures for the site. Actually, it was a lot […]
Ota Dokan did it! Well, in this case, he probably did. Let’s get it on.
Sendagi is one of the areas where the spirit of old Japan still lingers. It’s history lovers wet dream!
Today, Roppongi is a party town. For years it’s been popular with foreigners due to its proximity to so many foreign embassies. Because of this proximity, the area is relatively English-friendly which makes it a destination for foreigners visiting Japan and the seedy businesses that often cater to (or try to take advantage of) foreigners. But in the Edo Period, this was home to sprawling mansions of the elite ruling class. Many of the street blocks still correspond to the locations of these residences.
Nobody ever thinks about the etymology airport names. Be one of the few chosen ones!
Most of the train lines in Tōkyō have names based on whatever major area they originated/terminated – or at least stopped at. For example, the Marunouchi Line’s most important stations were in the former Marunouchi (Daimyō Alley) and the Yamanote Line connected centers of the “new Yamanote.[ii]” Some of the more ambitious, longer train lines have names that describe their start/stop points in general terms. This type of name usually reflects the tendency of the Japanese language to make new matches out of existing kanji.
Most of these names are self-evident to the Japanese, especially people who live and/or work in and around Tōkyō. But many of these names may be slightly mysterious to foreigners.
Asakusa – one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Japan.
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 […]
Summer in Japan means matsuri (festivals), hanabi (fireworks), and fuzoku (prostitution). Today we’ll look at the first two!
The shogunate is finished… that’s not sad to me. The sad thing is closing out this chapter on a subject that is so personal to me. I also love Yoshinobu because after a hundred years of 微妙 shoguns, we got a guy who represented his era and his pedigree exceptionally. Until the bitter end, Yoshinobu was an aristocrat, but in a time of crisis he took the challenge and helped to save the shogun family line persist until the present day.
We’re at the twilight of Tokugawa power in Japan – the 14th shogun, Tokugawa Iemochi.
Onkyo-in is the grave of the 14th shogun Tokugawa Iesada and his wife Atsu-hime. He was incapable when foreigners knocked on Japan’s door.
Tokugawa Ieyoshi was a pretty much a brown paper bag shogun. There is nothing notable about his rule… until the last year. In the last year, Commodore Perry arrived in Japan with his “Black Ships” and demanded that Japan end its isolationist policy. That’s when the shit hit the proverbial fan.
Tokugawa Ienari is my favorite shogun. Dude as a straight up player. Watch and learn, children.
Tokugawa Ieharu, the lovable but forgettable 10th shogun.
Today we’ll look at the grave of the 9th shogun, Tokugawa Ieshige — which is basically the grave of the 7th shogun, Ietsugu.