Umayabashi is not the most famous bridge in Tōkyō by a long shot, but it does have an interesting story and etymology. Continue reading What does Umayabashi mean?
A staple of modern Japan cuisine began in the heart of Edo on an island most Tōkyōites have never heard of! Continue reading What does Tsukuda mean?
Rivers, dead prostitutes, executions, class discrimination, drainage ditches, and naming conventions. This article’s got it all! Continue reading The Arakawa River
隅田川Sumidagawa (literally, “corner river,” but actually no known meaning) First a quick note.WordPress isn’t handling footnotes correctly anymore.Not sure why.You’ll have to manually scroll to the end of the article to read them. Sorry about that. I’ve been told by Japanese people that “Japan is a country of water.” The idea being that there’s literally water everywhere and given the abundance of 温泉 onsen hot springs and rivers and… well, it’s a freaking island surrounded by water, I can’t argue with them. But herein lays the problem with this series[i]. When you have lots of water and people are living … Continue reading The Sumida River
More rivers than you can shake a stick at!
You know, if you’re into that sort of thing… Continue reading The Rivers of Edo-Tokyo