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What does Inaricho mean?

What do foxes and subways have in common?

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What does Taitō mean?

Taitō Ward and Minato Ward are the hubs of Edo-Tōkyō History, but how did Taitō get its name?

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Yamanote Line: Ueno and Okachimachi

Take a tour with me of this area, words don’t do it justice.

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Ōedo Line: Ueno-Okachimachi and Shin-Okachimachi

Continuing with our 8th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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What does Tabata mean?

田端Tabata (on the edge of the field) First Let’s Start with the Kanji, Shall We? 田ta rice paddy 端hata edge, boundary, beside, close to This is a place name found all over Japan, with reading variations. It’s also a family name found all over Japan… yes, also with reading variations[i]. And despite sounding really backwatery […]

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What does Sendagi mean?

Sendagi is one of the areas where the spirit of old Japan still lingers. It’s history lovers wet dream!

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10 Random Quickies – Japan This Lite

10 Quick Questions From Readers!
(Still took 2 days to write… lol)

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What does Okachimachi mean?

Between Ueno and Akihabara there is Okachimachi. Awwwwwww yeah.

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The Grave of Tokugawa Yoshinobu

The shogunate is finished… that’s not sad to me. The sad thing is closing out this chapter on a subject that is so personal to me. I also love Yoshinobu because after a hundred years of 微妙 shoguns, we got a guy who represented his era and his pedigree exceptionally. Until the bitter end, Yoshinobu was an aristocrat, but in a time of crisis he took the challenge and helped to save the shogun family line persist until the present day.

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Bunkyo-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Ienari

Tokugawa Ienari is my favorite shogun. Dude as a straight up player. Watch and learn, children.

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Shunmei-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Ieharu

Tokugawa Ieharu, the lovable but forgettable 10th shogun.

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Joken-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Tsunayoshi

Last time, I wrote about the 4th shogun, Tokugawa Ietsuna. Today let’s look at the grave of his younger brother, the much more famous Tokugawa Tsunayoshi – the so-called Dog Shogun. If you’ve been to Ueno Park, you may have seen the gate to his tomb. It’s much better preserved that Ietsuna’s and a little more centrally located… kinda.

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Gen’yu-in・the Grave of Tokugawa Ietsuna

Most people think that all that remains of Tokugawa Ietsuna’s grave is a small gate in Ueno Park.
They are wrong.
And I’ve got the pictures to prove it.

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Tokugawa Funerary Temples

Today I’m starting a 16 part series describing the graves of all 15 Tokugawa shoguns. If you’re planning to travel to Japan, and Tokyo in particular, you might want to consider visiting these spots. Unfortunately, there isn’t much left to see in Tokyo, but what is remaining is intriguing!

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What does Yoshiwara mean?

Why is Yoshiwara called Yoshiwara?

It’s considered one of the most beautiful times and places in Japanese history. But so-called “Western sensibilities” shut it down. But the legend still persists as the a place to go for fun. Western cultures slut shaming Asia again…

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What does Ueno mean?

上野Ueno (Upper Field) Many place names in Japan are named after the location of old fields. Ueno (upper field), Shimono (lower field), and Nakano (middle field) are some common ones. Of course, the most famous Ueno is in Tokyo. It’s sometimes called 上野の山 (Ueno Mountain/Hill) and I suspect this elevation (20 meters above sea level) is […]

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Why is Uguisuidani called Uguisudani?

鶯谷 Uguisudani (Nightingale Valley) The area was famous for bird watching in the Edo Period – no TV, so, ya know. It’s a small valley behind Ueno Park.  I don’t think there are any nightingales here anymore, but speakers on the train platform play recordings of nightingale calls all day long. It’s also famous for […]