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Japanese History Japanese Mythology Japanese Shrines & Temples

Amaterasu and the Rock Cave

Amaterasu and the Rock Cave Myth – the most important Japanese legend.

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Japanese History Japanese Mythology Japanese Shrines & Temples

The Japanese Creation Myth Explained

What does it all mean? This is my in depth breakdown of the Japanese Creation Myth.

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Japanese History Japanese Mythology Japanese Shrines & Temples

The Japanese Creation Myth

Japanese mythology is confusing, but let’s break down in easy, bite-sized parts and start at the beginning of everything.

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Japanese History Japanese Mythology Japanese Shrines & Temples

Japanese Cosmology

Welcome to the wonderful world of Japanese Mythology

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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples

What does Inaricho mean?

What do foxes and subways have in common?

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Haunted Tokyo Japanese History

What does Meotobashi mean?

Lovers and human sacrifice?

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#rivered Japanese History Travel in Japan

What does Kanda mean?

People have been asking for this one since 2013. I finally did it in 2 parts.

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Japanese History

What does Ōji mean?

王子Ōji (imperial prince, but more at “a kami divided from another kami”) Ōji – A Princely Namesake… or Something Like That… To modern eyes, this place name means “prince.” In a very general sense, it could be understood as a son of a king or emperor. In this case, it most likely isn’t a reference […]

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Japanese History

What does Ushima mean?

Recently, we’ve been exploring the Sumida River area. Today I decided to write about an obscure shrine with a fascinating history.

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Japanese History

What does Suitengumae mean?

Want to announce your pregnancy the sneaky Tokyo way? This is the article for you.

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Japanese History Travel in Japan

What does Haneda mean?

Nobody ever thinks about the etymology airport names. Be one of the few chosen ones!

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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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Tokugawa Funerary Temples

Today I’m starting a 16 part series describing the graves of all 15 Tokugawa shoguns. If you’re planning to travel to Japan, and Tokyo in particular, you might want to consider visiting these spots. Unfortunately, there isn’t much left to see in Tokyo, but what is remaining is intriguing!

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Japanese History

What does Monzen-nakacho mean?

My 100th post! And I couldn’t have done it without you! Thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!!

Today we’re talking about an area steeped in the spirit of the old Low Town of Edo. Shitamachi, shrines, temples, sumo and Meiji Government being douchey (surprise surprise). Today’s Tokyo place name is Monzen-Nakacho.

Got Sumo?

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Japanese History

What does Shakujii mean?

Shakujii Park is a famous park in Tokyo, but do you know it’s dirty little secret?