Why is Roppongi called Roppongi

Today, Roppongi is a party town. For years it’s been popular with foreigners due to its proximity to so many foreign embassies. Because of this proximity, the area is relatively English-friendly which makes it a destination for foreigners visiting Japan and the seedy businesses that often cater to (or try to take advantage of) foreigners. But in the Edo Period, this was home to sprawling mansions of the elite ruling class. Many of the street blocks still correspond to the locations of these residences. Continue reading Why is Roppongi called Roppongi

Why is Omotesando called Omotesando?

Omotesandō is one of Tokyo’s most fashionable and expensive neighborhoods. It’s famous for designer brand shops and high end hair salons. It’s located next to Harajuku, fashion epicenter for this kiddies, yet it has a decidedly mature flair. But what the hell does the name Omotesandō mean? Continue reading Why is Omotesando called Omotesando?

Why is Roppongi called Roppongi?

六本木 Roppongi (6 Trees) Legend has it that the area was the location of the lower residences of 6 daimyō. A daimyō is a feudal lord. They were required to serve the shōgun in Edo and represent their domains in the capital. Most of them about 3 residences in Edo, an upper residence next to Edo Castle (now the Imperial Palace), a middle residence a little farther out, and a lower residence in the suburbs of Edo. There’s another story that there were 6 pine trees here, but that just sounds stupid…or boring at best. Continue reading Why is Roppongi called Roppongi?