The women of Edo Castle are often a mystery to us. Let’s see what we can learn about one special woman, Lady Hatsudai.
Shibuya – shopping paradise? tourist trap?
What does Jinnan mean?
Have you ever been to Shibuya? It’s made of many neighborhoods. Let’s explore!
Ever wonder how Japan’s most famous dog got his name?
Shibuya is a neighborhood that makes a huge impact at first and soon becomes seriously irritating.
#Harajuku means a lot of things to many people, but the area was insignificant until the 1920’s and finally prospered in the post-war years.
The history of Hiroo, or Hirō, which feels like a lame Azabu but is actually in Shibuya. Go figure.
Today’s topic was a reader request. But to be honest, I’ve been wanting to write about this place for a while.
A rich guy, a castle and a nature preserve walk into a bar…
Inokashira Park is Kichijoji’s famous park. But did you know that big lake was the source of drinking water for a million people in Edo?
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.
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.
Today’s place name sounds like it comes from a beautiful green mountain, but actually it’s the name of a prominent samurai family from the Sengoku Period. Why is is Aoyama called Aoyama?
Takeshita Street in Harajuku is one of the most famous fashion centers in the world. But what does Takeshita Street mean? I bet you’ll be shocked to learn that Takeshita Street means “Giant Octopus Boner” in Japanese.
What’s up with the spelling of Ebisu? (this is part of two)
Did someone say BEER? Crack open a nice cold beer and let’s find out why Ebisu is called Ebisu!
If read literally, Shibuya means “bitter valley.” However, there are multiple theories about this famous place name’s etymology.
代官山 Daikanyama (Daikan Mountain) First a quick definition. A 代官 daikan was a kind of local magistrate or governor in the Edo Period. There are 2 theories as to why this area is called Daikan Mountain: 1) A daikan‘s residence was located here at some time. 2) The forest mountain here fell under the direct […]