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What does Kanda mean?

People have been asking for this one since 2013. I finally did it in 2 parts.

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What does Ushima mean?

Recently, we’ve been exploring the Sumida River area. Today I decided to write about an obscure shrine with a fascinating history.

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What does Takaramachi mean?

The history of this place name is actually a mystery but it is usually explained by a legend. The interesting thing is that this place name may be based on the ultimate oyaji gag.

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What does Yoga mean?

Does the city name Yōga have anything to do with yoga exercise? Many people believe it does.

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What does Ogikubo mean?

At the very end of the Marunouchi Line in Suginami Ward lies an area called Ogikubo. The name, “grassy basin” seems straight forward enough, but might there be a Buddhist connection as well?

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What does Nishiarai mean?

Christopher Hitchens claimed that religion poisons everything. In this case, it may have poisoned a place name… but not too badly.

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Tokugawa Funerary Temples

Today I’m starting a 16 part series describing the graves of all 15 Tokugawa shoguns. If you’re planning to travel to Japan, and Tokyo in particular, you might want to consider visiting these spots. Unfortunately, there isn’t much left to see in Tokyo, but what is remaining is intriguing!

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What does Monzen-nakacho mean?

My 100th post! And I couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!!

Today we’re talking about an area steeped in the spirit of the old Low Town of Edo. Shitamachi, shrines, temples, sumo and Meiji Government being douchey (surprise surprise). Today’s Tokyo place name is Monzen-Nakacho.

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