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Japanese History

What does Samezu mean?

Samezu was a fishing/seaweed village, but today, it’s just a shitamachi neighborhood in Shinagawa.

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Japanese History

What does Sendagaya mean?

Today’s topic was a reader request. But to be honest, I’ve been wanting to write about this place for a while.

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Japanese Holidays Japanese Shrines & Temples

Fukagawa Shichi Fukujin

Sorry for the delay, y’all. I got locked out of my Wordpress account temporarily and I wasn’t able to update quickly so this post is back-dated. Anyways, it’s good to be back in the game. So let’s get down to business, shall we?

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Japanese History

What does Ichigaya mean?

OK, so I’ve wanted to write about Ichigaya for a long time, but it is connected to a few other place names which have made it difficult to cover until now. I’m just gonna through this out there now and say my gut instinct tells me none of the etymologies we’ll see today are correct and we’ll never know the true etymology. That said, there’s a little Ota Dokan connection, so heads up to all the Ota Dokan fans out there.

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Japanese History

What does Monzen-nakacho mean?

My 100th post! And I couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!!

Today we’re talking about an area steeped in the spirit of the old Low Town of Edo. Shitamachi, shrines, temples, sumo and Meiji Government being douchey (surprise surprise). Today’s Tokyo place name is Monzen-Nakacho.

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Japanese History

What does Aoyama mean?

Today’s place name sounds like it comes from a beautiful green mountain, but actually it’s the name of a prominent samurai family from the Sengoku Period. Why is is Aoyama called Aoyama?