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Japanese History

What does Takaido mean?

What do cedar trees, post towns, and sexxxy parties have in common?

What does Takaido mean?

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Japanese History

What does Asagaya mean?

Famous for its Tanabata Festival, Asagaya was a literary hub in post-earthquake Tokyo.

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers Travel in Japan

The Kanda River

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.

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Japanese History

What does Ogikubo mean?

At the very end of the Marunouchi Line in Suginami Ward lies an area called Ogikubo. The name, “grassy basin” seems straight forward enough, but might there be a Buddhist connection as well?

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Japanese History

Why is Kōenji called Kōenji?

Today we’re gonna take a look at Kōenji, a cool little town in Suginami Ward. We’ll also talk about birds and something called Awa Odori.