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Japanese History

What does Egota mean?

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.

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Japanese History

Ōedo Line: Higashi Nakano and Nakai

Continuing with our 26th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō

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Japanese History

Ōedo Line: Nakano-Sakaue

Continuing with our 25th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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Japanese History

What does Asagaya mean?

Famous for its Tanabata Festival, Asagaya was a literary hub in post-earthquake Tokyo.

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers Travel in Japan

The Kanda River

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.

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Japan This Lite Japanese History

10 Random Quickies – Japan This Lite

10 Quick Questions From Readers!
(Still took 2 days to write… lol)

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Japan Japanese Music

Top 10 Japanese Songs of Summer 1

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 […]

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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples Tokugawa Shogun Graves Travel in Japan

Joken-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi

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.

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Japanese History

Why is Kōenji called Kōenji?

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.

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Japanese History

Why is Nabeyokocho called Nabeyokocho?

Today let’s learn about a street from my old neighborhood called Nabeyokocho!

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Japanese History

What does Nakano mean?

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…

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Japanese History

What does Takadanobaba mean?

Takadanobaba is a long-ass name. A long-ass SAMURAI name. Let’s find out what the hell Takadanobaba means.

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Haunted Tokyo Japanese History

Yodobashi – A Haunted Bridge in Nakano?

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….

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Japanese Food

Best Shoyu Rāmen in Tokyo?

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, […]

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Japanese Food Japanese Holidays

李苑 – Korean Barbecue in Nakano!

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 […]