Tokyo A Cultural History (Google eBook)

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Oxford University Press, Apr 29, 2009 - History - 288 pages
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Tokyo seems like an ultra modern--even postmodern--city, with its inventive skyscrapers and digitized surfaces. But it is also a city where past, present, and future coexist--where backstreets both inspire science fiction and host wooden temples, fox shrines, and Buddhist statues that evoke past ages. In this addition to Oxford's Cityscapes series, Stephen Mansfield explores a city rich in diversity, tracing its evolution from the founding of its massive stone citadel, when it was known as Edo, through the rise of a merchant class who transformed the town into a center for art, to the emergence of modern Tokyo. Mansfield traces a city of print masters, Kabuki theater, novelists and great architecture, which has overcome many disasters, from the 1923 earthquake through the fire-bombings of World War II to the 1995 subway gas attacks.
  

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Review: Tokyo A Cultural History (Cityscapes)

User Review  - Tara - Goodreads

I was surprised to find out all about Asakusa and some of the other areas around Tokyo. Well, it's not surprising really but the entertainment areas are the ones which have had the best chance of ... Read full review

Review: Tokyo: A Cultural History

User Review  - Tara Mc - Goodreads

I was surprised to find out all about Asakusa and some of the other areas around Tokyo. Well, it's not surprising really but the entertainment areas are the ones which have had the best chance of ... Read full review

Contents

THE SHELL MOUND EARLY HUMAN SETTLEMENT TO MILITARY CAPITAL
1
THE CITADEL 15901638
9
EDO CULTURE THE FLOWERING MARGINS 16381707
25
THE RIPENING CITY 17071868
63
MEIJI IMPERIUM 18681912
87
TAISHO STYLE 19121926
143
A TIME OF CALAMITIES 19231945
171
TOKYO REDUX 19451970S
199
DREAM MESSANGER 1970S
225
FURTHER READING
259
INDEX LITERARY HISTORICAL NAMES
263
INDEX OF PLACES LANDMARKS
266
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