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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 Japanese Shrines & Temples

Kiyokawa Hachirō and the Mystery Graves Nobody Cares About

Kiyokawa Hachirō was a duplicitous terrorist whose final days

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Japanese History

What does Chōfu mean? (Part One)

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.

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers

The Tama River

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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Japanese History

What does Kiyosumi-Shirakawa mean?

Last time we talked about Morishita. Well, the ying to Morishita’s yang is Kiyosumi-Shirakawa.

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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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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples

What does Kichijoji 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?

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Japanese History

Why is Itabashi called Itabashi?

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!

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Japanese History

Two Famous Murders in My Neighborhood (part 2)

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.

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Japanese History

Two Famous Murders in My Neighborhood (part 1)

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)