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Some Bad Ass Books on Japanese History

Today I just want to recommend a few books that help me write my blog. I love these books. I hope you do too!

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Japanese History

Why is Ochanomizu called Ochanomizu?

Today is a quickie. Ochanomizu – Tea Water. But whose tea water was it? And where did it come from? (Plus some cool before and after pix!!!)

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Check Out These Japanese Castles!

I’ve talked about Edo Castle quite a bit on Japan This! If you wanna see some great pictures and descriptions of Edo Castle and other Japanese Castles, please check out Jcastle.info. It’s a bad ass site and I know you’ll love the shit out of it! #japanesecastles #japanesehistory #japan #castle #twinglish

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What does Ōta mean?

Today’s Place Name is a quickie. And a reader suggestion. Is the Ōta Ward connected with Ōta Dōkan? Let’s find out “Why Ōta is called Ōta?”

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Why is Hibiya called Hibiya?

In Tokyo, there’s the Hibiya Line train, there’s Hibiya Park and there’s an area called Hibiya. But what does Hibiya mean? The answer might surprise you.

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What does Chiyoda mean?

The area that comprised the grounds of Edo Castle is roughly that of modern 千代田区 Chiyoda Ward. The name of the area pre-dates the Edo Period and has a very lucky meaning. Let’s find out why Chiyoda is called Chiyoda!

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What does Kagurazaka mean?

This one doesn’t have much of a story, but it’s definitely a cool spot in Tokyo. Kagura is a kind of Shinto ritual dance.

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What does Hanzomon mean?

半蔵門Hanzōmon (Hanzō Gate) It’s Hanzō Time! Today’s place name is from a request from a reader who’s working near Hanzōmon Station. Thanks for your request, Nate! Anyone else who interested in making a request about Tokyo place names, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll be sure to get to it! This one is […]