Egota/Ekota is one of the most contentious place names in Tōkyō. No one agrees on where it comes from. Hell, people can’t even agree on how to pronounce it. Continue reading What does Egota mean?
Continuing with our 26th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō Continue reading Ōedo Line: Higashi Nakano and Nakai
Continuing with our 25th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line. Continue reading Ōedo Line: Nakano-Sakaue
Famous for its Tanabata Festival, Asagaya was a literary hub in post-earthquake Tokyo. Continue reading What does Asagaya 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
10 Quick Questions From Readers!
(Still took 2 days to write… lol) Continue reading 10 Random Quickies – Japan This Lite
Japanese Top 10 Songs of Summer (part 1) This list is divided into 2 parts. The first part is a little more traditional, or at least songs that you’ll associate with summer because they only are heard in the summer or because they are about the summer. The second half is made of songs I think sounds awesome when chilling at the beach or a barbecue. PART 1 #1 阿波よしこの Awa Yoshikono This is the song the accompanies the most famous of the 盆踊り Bon Odori dances. The dance and this incarnation of the song originated in 徳島県 Tokushima-ken Tokushima … Continue reading Top 10 Japanese Songs of Summer 1
Last time, I wrote about the 4th shogun, Tokugawa Ietsuna. Today let’s look at the grave of his younger brother, the much more famous Tokugawa Tsunayoshi – the so-called Dog Shogun. If you’ve been to Ueno Park, you may have seen the gate to his tomb. It’s much better preserved that Ietsuna’s and a little more centrally located… kinda. Continue reading Joken-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi
Today we’re gonna take a look at Kōenji, a cool little town in Suginami Ward. We’ll also talk about birds and something called Awa Odori. Continue reading Why is Kōenji called Kōenji?
Today let’s learn about a street from my old neighborhood called Nabeyokocho! Continue reading Why is Nabeyokocho called Nabeyokocho?
Maids, otaku, great bars and izakayas, a nice mix of families, artists, students, freaks and a super convenient location makes Nakano one of the unsung cool wards of Tokyo. Plus it’s the porn capital of Asia… Continue reading What does Nakano mean?
Takadanobaba is a long-ass name. A long-ass SAMURAI name. Let’s find out what the hell Takadanobaba means. Continue reading What does Takadanobaba mean?
Ever heard of Yodobashi Camera? Sure, you have. Ever heard of Yodobashi Ward, Tokyo? Probably not. Every heard of the Yodo Bridge in Tokyo? Most likely not. Have you ever been to Shinjuku or Nakano? Probably, yes…. Continue reading Yodobashi – A Haunted Bridge in Nakano?
My last two posts were about rāmen, I didn’t want to make another ramen post for a while… but I happened upon a rāmen joint that just opened in my neighborhood 3 weeks ago — and let me tell you! This place is no joke! The name of the shop is JIRAIGEN. (地雷原 in Japanese, and here is the map!) The name means “minefield” – as in this shit’s gonna be a flavor explosion all up in your mouth. When I saw the name, I immediately made the connection with one of my all time favorite rāmen joints, BASA NOVA. … Continue reading Best Shoyu Rāmen in Tokyo?
The holidays are over. My Christmas and O-shōgatsu breaks are finished. Even though I went back to work, the last 2 weeks have been 3 day weekends this year which really helped me ease into the new year. However, with funds low I just spent my days off loafing around the house with the girlfriend watching DVD’s and sleeping late. In other words, too busy to write anything in the blog. Yeah, I know it’s bad. I just started this blog and already I’m slacking off… Well, for better or for worse, slacking off is one of my talents. I … Continue reading 李苑 – Korean Barbecue in Nakano!