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Ōedo Line: Azabu Jūban

Continuing with our 20th installment of exploring Edo-Tōkyō via the Ōedo Line.

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Japanese History

What does Ogikubo mean?

At the very end of the Marunouchi Line in Suginami Ward lies an area called Ogikubo. The name, “grassy basin” seems straight forward enough, but might there be a Buddhist connection as well?

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Two Famous Murders in My Neighborhood (part 1)

I live between 2 bridges that became infamous in the Bakumatsu. They were the sites of the murders of a Dutch-American diplomat/interpreter and a douchebag samurai from Yamagata. (part 1)