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Japanese History

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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Japanese History

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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Travel in Japan

Tour of an Edo Period House in Kyoto

This came to my attention via Japan Probe, and as a lover of Japanese history, it immediately caught my attention. The Japan of the past that we might see in movies and read about in books is quickly disappearing. Here in Tokyo it sometimes seems like only the shrines and temples have survived the earthquakes, […]

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One Match Can Start a Fire

I’ve been living in Tokyo 5 years and I never noticed these guys until this year. But apparently they do this every year. And according to my friend, they’ve been doing it since the Edo Period (1603-1868). (Go figure). On cold winter nights, groups of volunteers walk through the streets of Tokyo chanting and hitting […]