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Japanese History

Yamanote Line: Takadanobaba, Meijiro, and Ikebukuro

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.

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers

The Tone River

Sometimes called the biggest river in Japan, though it’s actually not, this unruly river unites much of the Kanto area.

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Japanese History

What does Adachi mean?

Adachi is a very ancient place name that is now generally associated with the Japanese equivalent of “white trash.”