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Japanese History

What does Hatsudai mean?

The women of Edo Castle are often a mystery to us. Let’s see what we can learn about one special woman, Lady Hatsudai.

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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

What does Hakusan mean?

Today we’re going to wrap up our little journey around 文京区 Bunkyō-ku Bunkyō Ward which has taken us to Myōgadani, Koishikawa, and finally Hakusan.

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Japanese History

What does Anjin-cho mean?

Have you ever seen the old American TV series “Shogun?”

Or have you ever imagined what it would be like if you, a foreigner, were a samurai in feudal Japan?

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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples Tokugawa Shogun Graves Travel in Japan

Gen’yu-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Ietsuna

Most people think that all that remains of Tokugawa Ietsuna’s grave is a small gate in Ueno Park.
They are wrong.
And I’ve got the pictures to prove it.

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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples Tokugawa Shogun Graves

Taiyu-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Iemitsu

Taiyu-in is the funerary temple of Tokugawa Iemitsu. It’s located in Nikko next to Tosho-gu. It became the standard for all shogun graves.

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Daitoku-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Hidetada

Are you ready for this article? Maybe not.
Tokugawa Iemitsu is famous for building Tōshōgū in Nikkō, but he built another masterpiece in Edo for his father. Daitokuin was considered the most beautiful funerary complex at Zōjō-ji. Unfortunately, almost none of it is standing today. So, I’ll attempt to resurrect Daitokuin today.

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Tosho-gu・the Grave of Tokugawa Ieyasu

Not much to say on the topic of Toshogu (and to some degree, Taiyuin) because so much has already been said. The real meat of this series will be in the shrines that we can’t see today.

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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?