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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 Mejiro mean?

What do a 200 year old whiskey and monkey powered jet packs have to do with each other? Nothing!

Today will dig a little deeper into the seemingly related Meguro and Mejiro. All I can tell you now is that it doesn’t end well.

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Japanese History

What does Inokashira mean?

Inokashira Park is Kichijoji’s famous park. But did you know that big lake was the source of drinking water for a million people in Edo?

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

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 Castles Japanese History Travel in Japan

What does Kasuga mean?

Kasuga no Tsubone, or Lady Kasuga, was a certified card carrying bad ass of the Muromachi Period and Edo Period. She instituted and managed the shogun’s harem. She had an income equal to that of a feudal lord. She pulled the strings of shogunal succession that guaranteed the ascendancy of Tokugawa Iemitsu, the first peace-time Tokugawa shogun. Tokyo remembers her with a street and train station. lol

Why is Kasuga Street called Kasuga Street?