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?
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. Continue reading What does Honjo mean?
Recently, we’ve been exploring the Sumida River area. Today I decided to write about an obscure shrine with a fascinating history. Continue reading What does Ushima mean?
Ever felt like drowning yourself in the ocean to appease a magic sky daddy? Me neither.
Let’s learn about Oshiage – home of Tokyo Skytree! Continue reading What does Oshiage 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. Continue reading What does Mukōjima mean?
I had a little free time so I added one more article to my series on bridges named after shrines and temples!
Continue reading What does Eitaibashi mean?
Today we’ll look at a bridge named after the god of the might Sumida River. Continue reading What does Suijin Ōhashi mean?
Azumabashi is one of the biggest tourist spots in Tokyo. The bridge is named after a little known shrine. Continue reading What does Azumabashi 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