Continuing with our 29th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō Continue reading Ōedo Line: Toshimaen
Itabashi is notorious to Shinsengumi lovers. I’ve been there many times for お墓参り, but the name of the town always made me wonder. Was there a bridge? Was there a plank? Today let’s find out what Itabashi means! Continue reading Why is Itabashi called Itabashi?
Yesterday we talked about the Toshima clan and the Toshima district that later became the North Toshima District.
Today we’ll find out what happened to that “North” years later in the last administrative reshuffling of Tokyo’s wards. Continue reading Why is Kita called Kita?
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. Continue reading What does Toshima 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! Continue reading What does Nerima mean?
Shakujii Park is a famous park in Tokyo, but do you know it’s dirty little secret? Continue reading What does Shakujii mean?