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Japanese History

What does Ginza mean?

Today Ginza is the center of fashion and luxury brands in Japan, but its origin is quite humble and its fame grew over the centuries.

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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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What does Aomonoyokochō mean?

Exploring one neighborhood in Japan’s largest medieval post town.

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Japanese History

What does Tachiaigawa mean?

A neighborhood in Tōkyō forgotten by time, but cool af.

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Japanese History

What does Honjo mean?

Honjo began as one of Edo’s elite areas but soon developed a rich commoner culture. By the Shōwa Period it was a polluted flophouse on a filthy river.

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Japanese History

What does Mukōjima mean?

Today we’re looking at one of Tōkyō’s best kept secrets. It seems like Asakusa’s boring cousin, but the town is steeped in the history of Edo-Tōkyō.

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Japanese History

Ōedo Line: Azabu Jūban

Continuing with our 20th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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What does Tsukuda mean?

A staple of modern Japan cuisine began in the heart of Edo on an island most Tōkyōites have never heard of!

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What does Tabata mean?

田端Tabata (on the edge of the field) First Let’s Start with the Kanji, Shall We? 田ta rice paddy 端hata edge, boundary, beside, close to This is a place name found all over Japan, with reading variations. It’s also a family name found all over Japan… yes, also with reading variations[i]. And despite sounding really backwatery […]

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What does Sendagi mean?

Sendagi is one of the areas where the spirit of old Japan still lingers. It’s history lovers wet dream!