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Ōedo Line: Daimon

Continuing with our 18th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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Ōedo Line: Shiodome

Continuing with our 17th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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What does Fuda no Tsuji mean?

Today I’m going to talk about how Edo Period cities protected themselves and then we’re going to burn some Christians. In the early Edo Period, these were almost synonymous terms.

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What does Tamachi mean?

It’s sounds inaka, but so does your mom.

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What does Shirokane mean?

A rich guy, a castle and a nature preserve walk into a bar…

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Japanese History

What does Yoyogi mean?

Today’s Tokyo place name is a reader request. The area is decidedly yamanote and was the location of many palatial daimyo residences during the Edo Period, including the lords of Hikone, the Ii clan, including Ii Naosuke, the dude who could have saved the Bakufu.

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Junshin-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Ieshige

Today we’ll look at the grave of the 9th shogun, Tokugawa Ieshige — which is basically the grave of the 7th shogun, Ietsugu.

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Yusho-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Ietsugu

We’ve come to the 7th shogun. His funerary temple was one of the architectural gems of Edo-Tokyo. Sadly, it was the last of these fine structures. From here on out we will only have group enshrinements. It’s the end of an era.

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Bunsho-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Ienobu

The second greatest funerary complex at Zojo-ji was Bunshoin, the mortuary temple of the 6th shogun, Tokugawa Ienobu.

Almost nothing remains of the site, but I hope to walk you through it today as best as I can.

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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples Tokugawa Shogun Graves Travel in Japan

Daitoku-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Hidetada

Are you ready for this article? Maybe not.
Tokugawa Iemitsu is famous for building Tōshōgū in Nikkō, but he built another masterpiece in Edo for his father. Daitokuin was considered the most beautiful funerary complex at Zōjō-ji. Unfortunately, almost none of it is standing today. So, I’ll attempt to resurrect Daitokuin today.