Tokyo Before Tokyo

Power and Magic in the Shogun’s City of Edo

Timon Screech

Tokyo Before Tokyo

Timon Screech

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272 pages | 105 color plates, 5 halftones | 6 3/4 x 8 3/4
Cloth $40.00 ISBN: 9781789142334 Will Publish June 2020 For sale in North and South America only
Tokyo today is one of the world’s mega-cities and the center of a scintillating, hyper-modern culture—but not everyone is aware of its past. Founded in 1590 as the seat of the warlord Tokugawa family, Tokyo, then called Edo, was the locus of Japanese trade, economics, and urban civilization until 1868, when it mutated into Tokyo and became Japan’s modern capital. This beautifully illustrated book presents important sites and features from the rich history of Edo, taken from contemporary sources such as diaries, guidebooks, and woodblock prints. These include the huge bridge on which the city was centered; the vast castle of the Shogun; sumptuous Buddhist temples, bars, kabuki theaters, and Yoshiwara—the famous red-light district.
Contents
Introduction 1 The Ideal City 2 The Centre of the Shogun’s Realm 3 Edo as Sacred Space 4 Reading Edo Castle 5 The City’s Poetic Presence 6 A Trip to the Yoshiwara Epilogue: From Edo to Tokyo References Selected Sources and Further Reading General Bibliography Acknowledgements Photo Acknowledgements
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