Continuing with our 17th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.
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.
Sometimes called the biggest river in Japan, though it’s actually not, this unruly river unites much of the Kanto area.
Today’s topic was a reader request. But to be honest, I’ve been wanting to write about this place for a while.
Today we’re going to wrap up our little journey around 文京区 Bunkyō-ku Bunkyō Ward which has taken us to Myōgadani, Koishikawa, and finally Hakusan.
This may be the closest you get to experiencing a real daimyo garden in Edo.
Today, the area called Ohanajaya refers to three blocks in Katsushika Ward, but in the Edo Period, this was the countryside and was used for falconry by the Tokugawaw shōguns.
Most people seem to think the name Yotsuya is old. Old as in it pre-dates the Edo Period. But one thing that is consistent in most of the etymologies is the first kanji, 四 yottsu four. Much of the mystery of this place name seems to come from the final character. That said, the “number 4” character is also suspect. So let’s be skeptical, shall we?
Asakusa – one of the most popular tourist destinations in all of Japan.
牛込 Ushigome (Crowd of Cows) 。 。 牛 ushi cow 込 komi[i] swarming, huddling, amassed, crowded, “in bulk” 。 According to Japanese Wikipedia[ii], in 701, in accordance to the Taihō Code, a livestock ranch was established in this area. In fact, two were established which were sometimes referred to as 牛牧 gyūmaki a cow ranch […]