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Japanese History

What does Baji Kōen mean?

Talk about flogging a dead horse. I found another horse-related place name in Setagaya.. but this time with hookers and blow!

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Japanese History

What does Taishido mean?

My final word on Setagaya for now. But what a long strange trip it’s been!!

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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 Castles Japanese History

What does Mishuku mean?

What does Mishuku mean? It looks like “three post towns,” but linguists think it originally meant “the place where water abounds.”

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Japanese Castles Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples

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

What does Sangenjaya mean?

Once a place for pilgrims to make a brief pit stop, today Sangenjaya is a hot spot for eating and drinking.

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Japanese History

What does Yoga mean?

Does the city name Yōga have anything to do with yoga exercise? Many people believe it does.

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Japanese History

What does Setagaya mean?

Setagaya may not be the most exciting place in the 23 Special Wards of Tokyo, but it’s no slouch. Famous for its inaccessibility, it offers affordable housing and… the Ii Clan’s Funerary Temple in Edo.

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Japanese History

What does Shimo-Kitazawa mean?

Hey you! Wants some candy? Get in the car with me and I’ll tell you all about why Shimo-Kitazawa is called Shimo-Kitazawa.

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Japanese History

What does Mitaka mean?

I’ve been writing about Tokyo places names for half a year now and I don’t know why I haven’t written about this one. This was the first origin story I ever heard. Now I’ll share it with you.