内幸町Uchisaiwai-chō (Inner Happy Town; as in the inner part of Happy Town, not inner happiness) Quick Etymology Uchisaiwachō derives from Edo Castle’s 幸橋 Saiwai-bashi Saiwai Bridge, which was protected by a fortified gate. 内 uchi means inside. Therefore, Uchisaiwai-chō means … Continue reading What does Uchisaiwaichō 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. Continue reading What does Shiba mean?
Today’s place name sounds like it comes from a beautiful green mountain, but actually it’s the name of a prominent samurai family from the Sengoku Period. Why is is Aoyama called Aoyama? Continue reading What does Aoyama mean?
Takeshita Street in Harajuku is one of the most famous fashion centers in the world. But what does Takeshita Street mean? I bet you’ll be shocked to learn that Takeshita Street means “Giant Octopus Boner” in Japanese. Continue reading Why is Takeshita Street called Takeshita Street?
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?