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Japanese Castles Japanese History

What does Mishuku mean?

What does Mishuku mean? It looks like “three post towns,” but linguists think it originally meant “the place where water abounds.”

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers

The Meguro River

The 7th and final installation on my series “RIvers of Edo-Tokyo.” Today I’ll talk about the glorified storm drain called the Meguro River.

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers

The Rivers of Edo-Tokyo

More rivers than you can shake a stick at!
You know, if you’re into that sort of thing…

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Japanese History

What does Meguro mean?

Meguro is the name of several postal codes, a river, a handful of bus stops and train stations, and one of the 23 Special Wards of the Tokyo Metropolis. The name means “Black Eyes.” Weird.

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Japanese History

Why are Shinagawa and Takanawa called Shinagawa and Takanawa?

Was there a connection between the place names for Shinagawa and Takanawa? Let’s find out today. (btw – today’s place names will require a pretty reasonable familiarity with kanji).