In Tokyo’s most crowded ward, there’s a place only 900 people live. Shinanomachi is an EPIC place name. Continue reading What does Shinanomachi mean?
This place name is a hot mess. All aboard the Tangent Express!!! Continue reading What does Myogadani mean?
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? Continue reading What does Yotsuya mean?
Middle class and upper middle class samurai? Yes, please! Continue reading What does Ushigome Tansu Machi mean?