Tokyo Travel Guide

Etymology

Tokyo was originally known as Edo, which means "estuary". Its name was changed to Tokyo (Tōkyō: tō (east) + kyō (capital)) when it became the imperial capital in 1868, in line with the East Asian tradition of including the word capital ('京') in the name of the capital city. During the early Meiji period, the city was also called "Tōkei", an alternative pronunciation for the same Chinese characters representing "Tokyo". Some surviving official English documents use the spelling "Tokei". However, this pronunciation is now obsolete.

Edo-to-Tokyo renaming is firstly suggested in 1813 (Sakoku period) in a book of (Secret Plan of Commingling) written by Satō Nobuhiro. And then Ōkubo Toshimichi propose to the government this renaming in Meiji Restoration.

According to what Oda Kanshi says, he got hints from the book.


source: Wikipedia

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