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Japanese History

What does Ōkubo mean?

What does Ōkubo mean? Samurai and guns – woo hoo!

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Japanese History

Ōedo Line: Ueno-Okachimachi and Shin-Okachimachi

Continuing with our 8th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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Japanese History

Samurai Archives Forum Gets Major Update

The first active and longest running online community for Japanese History has just updated its forum. I’m not even joking when I say this is one of the best places to get your geek on.

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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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Japanese History

What does Kuramae mean?

Today’s etymology is super easy, but it touches on a fascinating aspect of Edo Period culture and economics. Check it out, y’all.

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Japanese History

10 Ways to Learn Japanese History

Today, I’d like to answer a few readers questions in one post. In short, how can I get an overview of Japanese History? I’m also going to recommend a few online sources that will help you broaden your understanding of Japanese history and culture.

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Japan Japanese History

Samurai Archives Podcast (part 2)

When I listen to my own voice or way of speaking, I want to throw up a little bit in my mouth. I can write pretty good, I think[i]. At least I’ve been told that. But I’m not such a well spoken guy. So I was nervous to record a podcast with the guys from […]

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Japanese History

What does Anjin-cho mean?

Have you ever seen the old American TV series “Shogun?”

Or have you ever imagined what it would be like if you, a foreigner, were a samurai in feudal Japan?

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Japanese History

What does Okachimachi mean?

Between Ueno and Akihabara there is Okachimachi. Awwwwwww yeah.

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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.