Tachikawa is a suburb of central Tokyo and there’s a little more to it than I initially thought. Continue reading What does Tachikawa mean?
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. Continue reading The Kanda River
Went a little long on this on… sorry about that. But I love Tokyo. I wanted to explore the forgotten side… Continue reading What does Edo mean?
Adachi is a very ancient place name that is now generally associated with the Japanese equivalent of “white trash.” Continue reading What does Adachi mean?
This is bound to be a work in progress. There are tons of useful images that I want but I can’t find. If anyone has helpful information to add or correct, by all means leave a comment. Also, I may have done a bad job explaining, so if things aren’t clear, please ask questions in the comments section.
やらしくお願いしま～す！ Continue reading What does Musashi mean?
Setagaya may not be the most exciting place in the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo, but it’s no slouch. Famous for its inaccessibility, it offers affordable housing and… the Ii Clan’s Funerary Temple in Edo. Continue reading What does Setagaya mean?
Hey you! Wants some candy? Get in the car with me and I’ll tell you all about why Shimo-Kitazawa is called Shimo-Kitazawa. Continue reading What does Shimo-Kitazawa mean?
I’ve been writing about Tokyo places names for half a year now and I don’t know why I haven’t written about this one. This was the first origin story I ever heard. Now I’ll share it with you. Continue reading What does Mitaka mean?
I love the shitamachi style of Tokyo. It really helps me connect with history.
If you want to travel to Japan, Ryogoku should be high on your list of places to go. Sumo, samurai, 37 ronin, Japanese food, and Japanese girls in glasses (OK, I made up the last one…) Continue reading What does Ryogoku mean?
Today we’ll look at the origin of the mysterious place name “Nerima” in Tokyo. We’ll talk about samurai, clay, and yes, wetlands. Strap yourself in and get ready to feel the G’s, baby! Continue reading What does Nerima mean?