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Japanese History

The History of Hanami

We all love hanami and sakura, but where did it all start? Let’s take a look at the history of hanami.

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Japan Book Reviews

Book Review – Hiroshige: 100 Famous Views of Edo

This beautiful book let’s the art speak for itself but provides print-by-print commentary. It’s a coffee table book that I find irresistible. Of course, I’m biased. Hiroshige is my favorite Japanese artist.

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Japan Book Reviews

Book Review – Tokyo: From Edo to Showa

Wanna read a book about how Edo became Tokyo? This one might be for you!

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Japan Book Reviews Japanese History

Book Review – Samurai Revolution

Hillsborough’s books have been “gateway drugs” into the Bakumatsu for many people, including myself. Here he takes a long form scholarly approach and nails it.

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers Travel in Japan

The Kanda River

The story of the Kanda River is a story as old as Edo itself. It is part and parcel of the evolution of the city.

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Japanese History

You Know You’ve Been in Edo Too Long…

Thanks to all of you, let’s keep this YOU KNOW YOU’VE BEEN IN EDO TOO LONG thing going!!!

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Japan

Questions from Readers

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Japanese History

What does Toranomon mean?

I’m not even joking when I say I think this name was chosen just because it sounded cool.

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Japanese History

What does Katsushika mean?

Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward and Saitama’s Kita-Katsushika and Minami Katsushika Districts derive their names from the pre-modern Katsushika District of Shimōsa Province, but where did the ancient name come from?

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Japanese History

What does Yurakucho mean?

Formerly part of the outer enclosure of Edo Castle and now a shopping district next to Ginza, Yurakucho is strange name with an elusive past.