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Japanese History

What does Ōkubo mean?

What does Ōkubo mean? Samurai and guns – woo hoo!

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Japanese History

Yamanote Line: Shin-Ōkubo

I’m gonna get some blow back for this one.

Next stop on the Yamanote Line:

Shin-Ōkubo

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Japanese History

Yamanote Line: Harajuku, Yoyogi, and Shinjuku

All aboard the #YamanoteLine!

Next stop?
#Harajuku, #Yoyogi, #Shinjuku!

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Japanese History

What does Shinjuku mean?

Shinjuku is one of the craziest places in Tokyo. Guess what. It’s ALWAYS been like that!

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Japanese History

Ōedo Line: Tochōmae and Nishi-Shinjuku Go-chōme

Continuing with our 24th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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Japanese History

Ōedo Line: Yoyogi and Shinjuku

Continuing with our 23rd installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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Japanese History

Ōedo Line: Ushigome-Yanagichō and Ushigome-Kagurazaka

Continuing with our 4th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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Japanese History

Ōedo Line: Higashi-Shinjuku and Wakamatsu-Kawada

Continuing with our 3rd installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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Japanese History

What does Shinanomachi mean?

In Tokyo’s most crowded ward, there’s a place only 900 people live. Shinanomachi is an EPIC place name.

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers Travel in Japan

The Kanda River

The story of the Kanda River is a story as old as Edo itself. It is part and parcel of the evolution of the city.

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Japanese History

What does Ichigaya mean?

OK, so I’ve wanted to write about Ichigaya for a long time, but it is connected to a few other place names which have made it difficult to cover until now. I’m just gonna through this out there now and say my gut instinct tells me none of the etymologies we’ll see today are correct and we’ll never know the true etymology. That said, there’s a little Ota Dokan connection, so heads up to all the Ota Dokan fans out there.

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Japanese History

What does Toranomon mean?

I’m not even joking when I say I think this name was chosen just because it sounded cool.

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Japan Japanese History

What does Ushigome-Yanagicho mean?

Kondo Isami’s dōjō? The birthplace of the Shinsengumi? Lead poisoning? Shinjuku? WTF???

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Japan Japanese Castles Travel in Japan

What does Ushigome mean?

牛込 Ushigome (Crowd of Cows) 。 。 牛 ushi cow 込 komi[i] swarming, huddling, amassed, crowded, “in bulk” 。 According to Japanese Wikipedia[ii], in 701, in accordance to the Taihō Code, a livestock ranch was established in this area. In fact, two were established which were sometimes referred to as 牛牧 gyūmaki a cow ranch […]

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Japanese History

What does Toshima mean?

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.

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Japanese History

What does Takadanobaba mean?

Takadanobaba is a long-ass name. A long-ass SAMURAI name. Let’s find out what the hell Takadanobaba means.

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Japanese History

What does Kagurazaka mean?

This one doesn’t have much of a story, but it’s definitely a cool spot in Tokyo. Kagura is a kind of Shinto ritual dance.

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Japanese History

Why is Shinjuku called Shinjuku?

新宿 Shinjuku (New Shuku → New Post Town) The word 宿 shuku (宿場 shuku-ba “rest town”) was used in the Edo Period to refer to post towns on the highway system connecting various feudal domains. When a certain daimyō built his lower residence in the area, a new post town was created on the Kōshū Kaidō post […]

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Haunted Tokyo Japanese History

Yodobashi – A Haunted Bridge in Nakano?

Ever heard of Yodobashi Camera? Sure, you have. Ever heard of Yodobashi Ward, Tokyo? Probably not. Every heard of the Yodo Bridge in Tokyo? Most likely not. Have you ever been to Shinjuku or Nakano? Probably, yes….