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What does Yūrei-zaka mean?

Halloween is right around the corner, so I thought we’d look at a haunted hill in Mita – Yūrei-zaka! (Ghost Hill)

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Japanese History

What does Fuda no Tsuji mean?

Today I’m going to talk about how Edo Period cities protected themselves and then we’re going to burn some Christians. In the early Edo Period, these were almost synonymous terms.

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Japanese History

What does Tamachi mean?

It’s sounds inaka, but so does your mom.

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Japanese History

What does Suitengumae mean?

Want to announce your pregnancy the sneaky Tokyo way? This is the article for you.

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What does Shirokane mean?

A rich guy, a castle and a nature preserve walk into a bar…

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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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What does Shiba mean?

Taking a break from the Toshima Clan’s lands, we’ll move back into solidly Tokugawa territory. This will set up a 16 part series that will begin next week. So let’s find out what “Shiba” means in Japanese.

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Two Famous Murders in My Neighborhood (part 2)

Today I continue with Part 2 of “Two Famous Murders in my Neighborhood.” Last time we talked about the assassination of interpreter, Henry Heusken. Today, we’ll talk about the douchiest 志士 shishi (men of high purpose) of the Bakumatsu, Kiyokawa Hachiro who was killed in Azabu-Juban.

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Two Famous Murders in My Neighborhood (part 1)

I live between 2 bridges that became infamous in the Bakumatsu. They were the sites of the murders of a Dutch-American diplomat/interpreter and a douchebag samurai from Yamagata. (part 1)

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What does Mita mean?

Today we’re talking about Mita! Home of Tokyo Tower, Shiba Park, Keio University and tons of celebrities. See you there!