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Japanese History

The History of Hanami

We all love hanami and sakura, but where did it all start? Let’s take a look at the history of hanami.

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Japanese History

Yamanote Line: Tōkyō

Almost at the end of our loop around Tōkyō so it’s about time we get to Tōkyō Station.

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Book Reviews Japanese History

Book Review – Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective

This is a collection of scholarly articles exploring the urban geography, architecture, and projection of power in the landscapes of Kyōto, Edo, and Tōkyō. Fantastic for lovers of spatial anthropology.

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Japanese History

What does Ōji mean?

王子Ōji (imperial prince, but more at “a kami divided from another kami”) Ōji – A Princely Namesake… or Something Like That… To modern eyes, this place name means “prince.” In a very general sense, it could be understood as a son of a king or emperor. In this case, it most likely isn’t a reference […]

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Japanese Castles Japanese History

Ōedo Line: Toshimaen

Continuing with our 29th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō

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Japanese History Travel in Japan

Ōedo Line: Tsukishima

Continuing with our 14th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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Japan Book Reviews

Book Review – Tokyo: From Edo to Showa

Wanna read a book about how Edo became Tokyo? This one might be for you!

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Japanese History

You Know You’ve Been in Edo Too Long…

Thanks to all of you, let’s keep this YOU KNOW YOU’VE BEEN IN EDO TOO LONG thing going!!!

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Japan

Questions from Readers

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Japanese History Travel in Japan

What does Haneda mean?

Nobody ever thinks about the etymology airport names. Be one of the few chosen ones!