We’re on an odd stretch of the Yamanote Line today. We’ll see some of the most elite areas and some of the stinkiest. Continue reading Yamanote Line: Takadanobaba, Meijiro, and Ikebukuro
Soy sauce, sweet rice vinegar, Disneyland, oh my! The Edo River has it all! Plus fireworks! Continue reading The Edo River
The Tama RIver is another river associated with the Edo Period, but in reality, it's history goes back much further…
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Recently, we’ve looked at a few places in Sumida and Katsushika. Today let’s learn about the river that linked these two places together and what happened to that river. Continue reading What does Hikifune mean?
Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward and Saitama’s Kita-Katsushika and Minami Katsushika Districts derive their names from the pre-modern Katsushika District of Shimōsa Province, but where did the ancient name come from? Continue reading What does Katsushika 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?
Musashi was an old Japanese province, however the name is still with us today. Continue reading What does Musashi mean?
赤羽Akabane (Red Wings; but more at Red Clay) Today’s place name etymology is a pretty interesting one because we will get a sneak peak at the extinct pre-Edo Period dialect of the area. Akabane sits in the northern part of Kita Ward. It’s basically next to Kawakuchi, Saitama. So it’s on the literal outskirts of Tōkyō. Mind you, you won’t see any difference leaving Tōkyō and entering Saitama due to the thorough urban sprawl. Historically speaking, 赤羽村 Akabane Mura Akabane Village wasn’t a particularly important place, but in the Kamakura Period a highway called 岩槻街道 Iwatsuki Kaidō was built. The … Continue reading What does Akabane mean?
Today will look at one of Tokyo’s busiest (and one of my least favorite) areas. The is pretty strange and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Today we’ll figure it all out! Continue reading What does Ikebukuro mean?