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Tokyo: A Cultural History

Tokyo: A Cultural History

by Stephen Mansfield


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Tokyo: A Cultural History

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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ISBN-13: 9780195386332
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 06/01/2009
Series: Cityscapes Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

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

Table of Contents

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
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