Discover the fascinating history of Kamata, from an ancient samurai clan’s influence to its transformation into a modern, safe urban suburb. Uncover the secrets of cattails, plum blossoms, and the yakuza’s impact in this intriguing journey through Tokyo’s lesser-known past. Continue reading What does Kamata mean?
A rags to riches story. From sandbar to waterfront boardwalk. What does Tennoze Isle mean? Continue reading What does Tennōzu Isle mean?
Exploring one neighborhood in Japan’s largest medieval post town. Continue reading What does Aomonoyokochō mean?
Let’s explore the old Tōkaidō road on the outskirts of Edo. Continue reading What does Shimbamba mean?
A neighborhood in Tōkyō forgotten by time, but cool af. Continue reading What does Tachiaigawa mean?
Gotenyama was the premiere hanami spot in Edo. Not much remains today. Continue reading Where is Goten’yama today?
First stop on the #YamanoteLine is #Shinagawa Station which used to be on #Tokyo Bay! Continue reading Yamanote Line: Shinagawa
Goten’yama was one of Edo’s most famous spots for cherry blossom viewing… until it wasn’t. Continue reading What does Gotenyama mean?
This area has been inhabited since the late Paleolithic Period. Continue reading Irugi Shrine
Osaki is located on the Yamanote Line between Gotanda and Shinagawa… and that’s pretty much all I can say about the area. Continue reading What does Ōsaki mean?
In the Edo Period, this area was ocean. Today it’s skyscrapers! Continue reading What does Kōnan mean?
Shinagawa Station in History I haven’t updated in a while, so please accept my apologies. I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment but there is an article in the works. That said, an idea came to me while on the shitter thinking about Edo Bay vs. Tōkyō Bay (as one does). So I thought I’d share a bunch of cool pictures of Shinagawa. In the Edo Period, the Shinagawa/Takanawa area was a collection of bustling seaside villages, but compared to castle town of Edo, it was quite rural. It was the literal edge of Edo. The Tōkaidō, … Continue reading Shinagawa Station – Then and Now
The 7th and final installation on my series “RIvers of Edo-Tokyo.” Today I’ll talk about the glorified storm drain called the Meguro River.
Continue reading The Meguro River
What do you get when you mix seaweed, archaeology, paleolithic pottery, and an execution ground on beachfront property? Ōmori!!! Continue reading What does Omori mean?
Samezu was a fishing/seaweed village, but today, it’s just a shitamachi neighborhood in Shinagawa. Continue reading What does Samezu mean?
10 Quick Questions From Readers!
(Still took 2 days to write… lol) Continue reading 10 Random Quickies – Japan This Lite
As one of the most popular “Haunted Spots” of Tokyo, Suzugamori will not disappoint. Most of the “creative executions” happened here. If you visit, you won’t be disappointed. Continue reading Suzugamori Execution Ground
I hope I don’t lose readers for this series… but here we go. A 4 part series on the 3 execution grounds of Edo. It’s gory, depressing, spooky and fascinating. Continue reading Edo Execution Ground Spectacular!!!
What has a whale tail gate, an old shitamachi town, and one of Sony’s major offices, and a shinkasen station? That’s right, Shinagawa! Let’s take the Konan Exit today! Continue reading Why is Konan called Konan?
Was there a connection between the place names for Shinagawa and Takanawa? Let’s find out today. (btw – today’s place names will require a pretty reasonable familiarity with kanji). Continue reading Why are Shinagawa and Takanawa called Shinagawa and Takanawa?
If you or any of your friends are thinking of coming to Tōkyō on a budget, I can recommend a new, clean, super cheap guesthouse! At about $30 a night, it beats any regular hotel in the Tōkyō area. This is the same price as a “capsule hotel” which is no way to travel. Plus, you’ll be staying in one of the coolest, most historical areas still left in the city where you can get in touch with “Old Japan.” when a new business opens in japan, other local businesses and supporters send signs and gifts like this My friend … Continue reading Need a Cheap Place to Stay in Tokyo?