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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 Tokyo Rivers

The Tone River

Sometimes called the biggest river in Japan, though it’s actually not, this unruly river unites much of the Kanto area.

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Japanese History

What does Koishikawa mean?

This may be the closest you get to experiencing a real daimyo garden in Edo.

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Japanese Castles Japanese History

What does Edo mean?

Went a little long on this on… sorry about that. But I love Tokyo. I wanted to explore the forgotten side…

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Japanese History

What does Iidabashi mean?

Today we’ll learn about a shitamachi place name that has disappeared. We’ll also learn how it’s important to pay attention to what reading of kanji is being used.

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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

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.