What does Ōkubo mean? Samurai and guns – woo hoo!
I’m gonna get some blow back for this one.
Next stop on the Yamanote Line:
All aboard the #YamanoteLine!
#Harajuku, #Yoyogi, #Shinjuku!
Shinjuku is one of the craziest places in Tokyo. Guess what. It’s ALWAYS been like that!
Continuing with our 24th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.
Continuing with our 23rd installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.
Continuing with our 4th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.
Continuing with our 3rd installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.
In Tokyo’s most crowded ward, there’s a place only 900 people live. Shinanomachi is an EPIC place name.
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.
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.
I’m not even joking when I say I think this name was chosen just because it sounded cool.
Kondo Isami’s dōjō? The birthplace of the Shinsengumi? Lead poisoning? Shinjuku? WTF???
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 […]
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.
Takadanobaba is a long-ass name. A long-ass SAMURAI name. Let’s find out what the hell Takadanobaba means.
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.
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 […]
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….