Continuing with our 4th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line. Continue reading Ōedo Line: Ushigome-Yanagichō & Ushigome-Kagurazaka
清河八郎 Kiyokawa Hachirō (no meaning, it’s just the dude’s name) Back in April 2013, I wrote a two part series about 2 murders during the 幕末 Bakumatsu final years of the Tokugawa Shōgunate (you may want to read those 2 … Continue reading Kiyokawa Hachirō & the Mystery Graves Nobody Cares About
Chōfu is a suburb west of the 23 Wards that is home to many historical treasures. It’s best known as the hometown of Kondō Isami, leader of the Shinsengumi. Continue reading What does Chōfu mean? (Part One)
The Tama RIver is another river associated with the Edo Period, but in reality, it's history goes back much further…
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Last time we talked about Morishita. Well, the ying to Morishita’s yang is Kiyosumi-Shirakawa. Continue reading What does Kiyosumi-Shirakawa mean?
Kondo Isami’s dōjō? The birthplace of the Shinsengumi? Lead poisoning? Shinjuku? WTF??? Continue reading What does Ushigome-Yanagicho mean?
Kichijōji, one of the coolest towns in Tokyo looks like a temple name. But if you go to Kichijōji, you won’t find any temples by that name. Today, we’ll find out why there is not temple in Kichijōji called Kichijō-ji. Are you ready to rock? Continue reading What does Kichijoji mean?
Itabashi is notorious to Shinsengumi lovers. I’ve been there many times for お墓参り, but the name of the town always made me wonder. Was there a bridge? Was there a plank? Today let’s find out what Itabashi means! Continue reading Why is Itabashi called Itabashi?
Today I continue with Part 2 of “Two Famous Murders in my Neighborhood.” Last time we talked about the assassination of interpreter, Henry Heusken. Today, we’ll talk about the douchiest 志士 shishi (men of high purpose) of the Bakumatsu, Kiyokawa Hachiro who was killed in Azabu-Juban. Continue reading Two Famous Murders in My Neighborhood (part 2)
I live between 2 bridges that became infamous in the Bakumatsu. They were the sites of the murders of a Dutch-American diplomat/interpreter and a douchebag samurai from Yamagata. (part 1) Continue reading Two Famous Murders in My Neighborhood (part 1)