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Japanese History

What does Koganei mean?

Today, let’s get out of central Tōkyō and explore a popular Edo Period hanami day trip spot.

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Japanese History

What does Chōfu mean? (Part One)

Chōfu is a suburb west of the 23 Wards that is home to many historical treasures. It’s best known as the hometown of Kondō Isami, leader of the Shinsengumi.

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Japanese History Tokyo Rivers

The Tama River

The Tama RIver is another river associated with the Edo Period, but in reality, it's history goes back much further…

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Japanese History Japanese Shrines & Temples

What does Kichijoji mean?

Kichijōji, one of the coolest towns in Tokyo looks like a temple name. But if you go to Kichijōji, you won’t find any temples by that name. Today, we’ll find out why there is not temple in Kichijōji called Kichijō-ji. Are you ready to rock?

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Japanese History

What does Inokashira mean?

Inokashira Park is Kichijoji’s famous park. But did you know that big lake was the source of drinking water for a million people in Edo?

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Japanese History

What does Mitaka mean?

I’ve been writing about Tokyo places names for half a year now and I don’t know why I haven’t written about this one. This was the first origin story I ever heard. Now I’ll share it with you.