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Station names, cringeworthy at first, may find acceptance

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06.12.2018

Murayama Chosuichi (Murayama Reservoir), also named Tama-ko (Lake Tama), was a popular tourist spot before World War II.

Adding to the dam's appeal was its easy access by train from central Tokyo. Three private railway companies competed for ridership, each with its own station in the dam's immediate vicinity.

The names of the three stations were Murayama Chosuichi, Murayama Chosuichi-mae, and Murayama Chosuichi-giwa. The suffixes "mae" and "giwa" mean, respectively, "in front of" and "by the side."

None of these station names remain today, according to a book by Keisuke Imao, an expert on maps.

The names were certainly so similar as to be confusing. But they also conveyed the railway companies' eagerness to outdo one another........

© The Asahi Shimbun