Wednesday, September 17, 2008

City Puzzle

What country's current capital city has a name that can be cyclically shifted some number of letters to get the name of its former capital?


Jimmy said...

Tokyo - Kyoto

Blake Stacey said...

Japan: the name "Tokyo" was deliberately chosen as a permutation of "Kyoto".

Anonymous said...

I don't want to be a pendant (and yet here I am typing out a pendantic rebuttal) but that only works if you mis-transliterate Tokyo and Kyoto.
Tokyo has two long 'o's meaning it should be transliterated as 'Toukyou'
Kyouto only has the one, thus 'Kyouto'

Anonymous said...

Yup, only a permutation in English.

Tokyo means "Eastern Capital" in Japanese, as it is to the east of Kyoto ("Capital metropolis").