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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195386332
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Cityscapes Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,191,309
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Stephen Mansfield is a resident of Tokyo and the author of Tokyo: Eyewitness Travel Guide.

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Table of Contents

Preface Ch 1: The Eastern Province Ch 2: Building the Citadel Ch 3: Edo Culture Ch 4: The Water City Ch 5: The Eastern Capital Ch 6: Taisho Style Ch 7: A Time of Calamities Ch 8: Occupation to Olympics Ch 9: The Megacity Further Reading

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