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Japanese History

What does Tennōzu Isle mean?

A rags to riches story. From sandbar to waterfront boardwalk. What does Tennoze Isle mean?

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Japanese History

What does Aomonoyokochō mean?

Exploring one neighborhood in Japan’s largest medieval post town.

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Japanese History

What does Shimbamba mean?

Let’s explore the old Tōkaidō road on the outskirts of Edo.

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Japanese History

What does Tachiaigawa mean?

A neighborhood in Tōkyō forgotten by time, but cool af.

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Japanese History

Where is Goten’yama today?

Gotenyama was the premiere hanami spot in Edo. Not much remains today.

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Japanese History

Yamanote Line: Shinagawa

First stop on the #YamanoteLine is #Shinagawa Station which used to be on #Tokyo Bay!

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Japanese History

What does Gotenyama mean?

Goten’yama was one of Edo’s most famous spots for cherry blossom viewing… until it wasn’t.

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Japanese History

Irugi Shrine

This area has been inhabited since the late Paleolithic Period.

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Japanese History

What does Ōsaki mean?

Osaki is located on the Yamanote Line between Gotanda and Shinagawa… and that’s pretty much all I can say about the area.

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Japanese History

What does Kōnan mean?

In the Edo Period, this area was ocean. Today it’s skyscrapers!

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Japanese History Travel in Japan

Shinagawa Station – Then and Now

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 […]

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers

The Meguro River

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.

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Japanese History

What does Omori mean?

What do you get when you mix seaweed, archaeology, paleolithic pottery, and an execution ground on beachfront property? Ōmori!!!

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Japanese History

What does Samezu mean?

Samezu was a fishing/seaweed village, but today, it’s just a shitamachi neighborhood in Shinagawa.

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Japan This Lite Japanese History

10 Random Quickies – Japan This Lite

10 Quick Questions From Readers!
(Still took 2 days to write… lol)

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Edo Execution Ground Spectacular! Japanese History

Suzugamori Execution Ground

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.

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Edo Execution Ground Spectacular! Haunted Tokyo Japanese History

Edo Execution Ground Spectacular!!!

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.

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Japanese History

Why is Konan called Konan?

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!

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Japanese History

Why are Shinagawa and Takanawa called Shinagawa and Takanawa?

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).

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Travel in Japan

Need a Cheap Place to Stay in Tokyo?

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, […]