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What does Sendagi mean?

Sendagi is one of the areas where the spirit of old Japan still lingers. It’s history lovers wet dream!

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What does Hakusan mean?

Today we’re going to wrap up our little journey around 文京区 Bunkyō-ku Bunkyō Ward which has taken us to Myōgadani, Koishikawa, and finally Hakusan.

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Japanese History

What does Koishikawa mean?

This may be the closest you get to experiencing a real daimyo garden in Edo.

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What does Myogadani mean?

This place name is a hot mess. All aboard the Tangent Express!!!

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What does Komagome mean?

Komagome is on the Yamanote Line. Besides that and the etymology, that’s about all I know about this part of town.

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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples

What does Kichijoji mean?

Kichijōji, one of the coolest towns in Tokyo looks like a temple name. But if you go to Kichijōji, you won’t find any temples by that name. Today, we’ll find out why there is not temple in Kichijōji called Kichijō-ji. Are you ready to rock?

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What does Toshima mean?

Ota Dokan again?

Yes. Since I talked about Shakujii and Nerima last week, this week I’ve decided to hit the next most closely related topics; Toshima, Kita, and Itabashi. By Wednesday… and with the help of a simple map, you’ll probably see what’s going on here clearly.

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What does Kasuga mean?

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?

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Why is Kyōbashi called Kyōbashi?

Today’s place name is Kyobashi. It means “bridge to the capital.” Was that Edo or Kyoto? More importantly, this bridge is a testament to Japanese engineering. It’s final incarnation was completed one year before the Great Kanto Earthquake leveled Tokyo in 1923 but the bridge survived. It also survived WWII. But it didn’t survive modern progress in Tokyo…. Let’s learn more!

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Why is Hatchōbori called Hatchōbori

What does Hatchōbori mean? It’s not an 8 city moat, by the way.