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Japanese History

What does Tennōzu Isle mean?

A rags to riches story. From sandbar to waterfront boardwalk. What does Tennoze Isle mean?

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Japanese History

What does Tachiaigawa mean?

A neighborhood in Tōkyō forgotten by time, but cool af.

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Japanese History

Where is Goten’yama today?

Gotenyama was the premiere hanami spot in Edo. Not much remains today.

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Japanese History

What does Kōnan mean?

In the Edo Period, this area was ocean. Today it’s skyscrapers!

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Japanese History Travel in Japan

Shinagawa Station – Then and Now

Shinagawa Station in History I haven’t updated in a while, so please accept my apologies. I’ve got a lot on my plate at the moment but there is an article in the works. That said, an idea came to me while on the shitter thinking about Edo Bay vs. Tōkyō Bay (as one does). So […]

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Japanese History

What does Samezu mean?

Samezu was a fishing/seaweed village, but today, it’s just a shitamachi neighborhood in Shinagawa.

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Japan

Questions from Readers

Wanna support the blog? It would mean a lot if you did!
If not, that’s OK, I made you a video today.

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Japanese History

What does Keyakizaka mean?

Easiest place name ever.

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Edo Execution Ground Spectacular! Japanese History

Suzugamori Execution Ground

As one of the most popular “Haunted Spots” of Tokyo, Suzugamori will not disappoint. Most of the “creative executions” happened here. If you visit, you won’t be disappointed.

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Japanese History

Why is Kiba called Kiba?

Today I have more pictures of lumberyards than you can shake a stick at.

See what I did there?

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Japanese History

Why is Konan called Konan?

What has a whale tail gate, an old shitamachi town, and one of Sony’s major offices, and a shinkasen station? That’s right, Shinagawa! Let’s take the Konan Exit today!

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Japanese History

Why are Shinagawa and Takanawa called Shinagawa and Takanawa?

Was there a connection between the place names for Shinagawa and Takanawa? Let’s find out today. (btw – today’s place names will require a pretty reasonable familiarity with kanji).