Nose Hair Bridge, Sulfuric Acid Town, and Disappointment Island: Odd Japanese Place Names

Butt Hair Station – Photo By Monami, available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license.

A few weeks ago I did a post featuring strange photos I’d found around the Internet. While I was researching the reason for a sign that said “Butt Hairs: 48 yen each or 5 for 198 yen” I found a Wikipedia entry on strange place names in Japan. Here are some of the more interesting ones:

Sulfuric Acid Town (Ryuusan-machi, Sanyo Onada, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Nose hair Bridge (Hanage-bashi, Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture)
Disappointment Island (Gakkari-jima, Miyako, Iwate Prefecture)
Hiccup River (Shakkuri-gawa, Nabari, Mie Prefecture)
Toy Town (Omocha-machi, Mibumachi, Tochigi Prefecture)
Cement Town (Semento-machi, Sanyo-Onoda, Yamaguchi Prefecture/Tsukumi, Oita Prefecture)
Reading (Yomikaki, Nagiso-machi, Nagano Prefecture)
Bullet Train (Shinkansen, Kannami-cho, Shizuoka Prefecture)
Daycare Worker Town (Hobo-cho, Okazaki, Aichi Prefecture)
Forbidden Field (Kinya, Hirakata, Osaka Prefecture)
Pleasure/Hedonism (Kairaku, Ichikikushikino, Kagoshima Prefecture)
Impossible/Unbearable River (Yarikirenai, Yuni, Hokkaido Prefecture)
Entrance to a Woman’s Body (Nyotai-iriguchi, Komagane, Nagano Prefecture)

These places have kanji with funny meanings, but they are pronounced differently:
Affair Town (Fukecho,  Moriyama, Shiga Prefecture) [The actual pronunciation of affair is uwaki]
Morning Erection (Asadatsu, Makamecho, Seiyoshi, Ehime Prefecture) [ The actual pronunciation of morning erection is asadachi]
Butt Hair (Shikke, Gifu, Gifu Prefecture) [The actual pronunciation of butt hair is shirige]

These places have kanji with different meanings, but they sound like something else when they are spoken:
Damn! It’s you. (Omaeda, Fukaya, Saitama Prefecture)
That sucks! (Mukatsuku, Nagato, Yamaguchi Prefecture)
Rural (Inaka, Uwajima, Aichi Prefecture)
Extremely Rural (Doinaka, Kanzaki, Saga Prefecture)
Penis Island (Chinko-jima, Toyako, Hokkaido Prefecture)
Crotch Hair (Matage, Matsuzaka, Mie Prefecture)
Vagina Park (Manko Koen, Naha, Okinawa Prefecture)

日本語から見た日本の珍地名の例 [編集]

通常は地名として使用されない普通名詞を含む地名
通常は地名として使用されない擬態語・連語を含む地名
通常は地名として使用されない人体に関する普通名詞を含む地名
人名のような地名(姓と名に相当する部分を持つもの。実際の人名に由来するものを除く)
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6 Responses to “Nose Hair Bridge, Sulfuric Acid Town, and Disappointment Island: Odd Japanese Place Names”

  1. Japan Australia Says:

    Thanks for that!!
    Great list of place names. I though Inuyama (Aichi Prefecture) Dog Mountain was pretty good but not as good as some of those on the list. Gifu has a few good ones!!

  2. Angelika Diem Says:

    What funny names! A great idea to post them. I wonder how these places got their strange names.

  3. Al Says:

    There is an Italian restaurant near Takadanobaba called taberuna (Taverna). It’s written in katakana, but I still can’t get 食べるな out of my head when I hear or see the name. It wouldn’t be bad if it were a clothing store. But a restaurant?!?!

  4. koridentetsu Says:

    It is nice to know your site.
    I am a “strange place names hunter” in Japan.

    I’m afraid that you’re confusing Aichi and Ehime.
    “Morning Erection” (Asadatsu) is NOT in Aichi Prefecture (愛知県).
    It is in Ehime prefecture (愛媛県).

  5. Anonymous Says:

    ushimado in okayama prefecture
    literally “cow window”


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