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Japanese History

What does Hatsudai mean?

The women of Edo Castle are often a mystery to us. Let’s see what we can learn about one special woman, Lady Hatsudai.

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Ōedo Line: Toshimaen

Continuing with our 29th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō

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Japanese History

What does Kitami mean?

Today let’s look at Kitami, a place name closely related to Edo.

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Setagaya and its Freaky Horse Fetish

There are a cluster of places names related to horses in Setagaya and I want to get to the bottom of it!

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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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What does Dokanyama mean?

Ota Dokan did it! Well, in this case, he probably did. Let’s get it on.

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Japanese History Travel in Japan

What does Sendagi mean?

Sendagi is one of the areas where the spirit of old Japan still lingers. It’s history lovers wet dream!

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Japanese History

What does Sendagaya mean?

Today’s topic was a reader request. But to be honest, I’ve been wanting to write about this place for a while.

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What does Edo mean?

Went a little long on this on… sorry about that. But I love Tokyo. I wanted to explore the forgotten side…

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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples

What does Kichijoji mean?

Kichijōji, one of the coolest towns in Tokyo looks like a temple name. But if you go to Kichijōji, you won’t find any temples by that name. Today, we’ll find out why there is not temple in Kichijōji called Kichijō-ji. Are you ready to rock?

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Japanese History

What does Toshima mean?

Ota Dokan again?

Yes. Since I talked about Shakujii and Nerima last week, this week I’ve decided to hit the next most closely related topics; Toshima, Kita, and Itabashi. By Wednesday… and with the help of a simple map, you’ll probably see what’s going on here clearly.

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Japanese History

What does Nerima 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!

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Japanese History

What does Tameike-Sannō mean?

Today’s place name is made up of 2 words. One of the words has a history going all the back to the Heian Period. The other part goes back to the Edo Period. Today, the area is kind of boring, but the story behind the name is fascinating! What does Tameike-Sanno mean?

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Japanese History

What does Ōta mean?

Today’s Place Name is a quickie. And a reader suggestion. Is the Ōta Ward connected with Ōta Dōkan? Let’s find out “Why Ōta is called Ōta?”