Yoshiwara: the Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan by Cecilia Segawa Seigle is a great social history of Edo’s pleasure quarters. Continue reading Book Review – Yoshiwara: The Glittering World of the Japanese Courtesan
Today Ginza is the center of fashion and luxury brands in Japan, but its origin is quite humble and its fame grew over the centuries. Continue reading What does Ginza mean?
Exploring one neighborhood in Japan’s largest medieval post town. Continue reading What does Aomonoyokochō mean?
A neighborhood in Tōkyō forgotten by time, but cool af. Continue reading What does Tachiaigawa mean?
Once a place for pilgrims to make a brief pit stop, today Sangenjaya is a hot spot for eating and drinking. Continue reading What does Sangenjaya mean?
Suijin is a reference to the god of the Sumida River. This bridge replaced a famous ferry crossing immortalized in ukiyo-e by Hiroshige. Continue reading What does Suijin Ōhashi mean?
Azumabashi is one of the biggest tourist spots in Tokyo. The bridge is named after a little known shrine. Continue reading What does Azumabashi mean?