By Edward Seidensticker

"These volumes via Edward Seidensticker may be the envy of each college press…desirable interpreting for beginner historians and travelers alike."—Thomas Stanley, Director of stroll Japan Limited

There will be few towns on the earth that stay, pulsate, and breathe via their geography as Tokyo does, few towns with a heritage that shifts throughout the creases of area as does that of Tokyo. this can be really ironic in a urban whose neighborhoods this present day carry few designated beneficial properties and whose light topography has been all yet obscured via batteries of establishing. however it was once no longer continually so, and what greater manner is there of writing Tokyo's historical past than through reflecting this moving geography as neighborhoods prospered and declined whereas others, extra aspirational, climbed up the socio–spacial ladder? this is often accurately what Edward Seidensticker does within the pages of those books, introduced jointly right here jointly for the 1st time lower than one conceal with various illustrations and an insert of superbly coloured eastern woodblock prints of Tokyo from the period.

Tokyo: From Edo to Showa tells the tale and heritage of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an remoted Japan to 1 of the main popular sleek towns on the earth. With a similar scholarship and elegance that gained him admiration as one of many most excellent translators of jap literature, Seidensticker deals the reader his personal superb photo of a complete society unexpectedly rising into the trendy global. through turns elegiac and humorous, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is a vital cultural heritage of Asia's maximum urban.

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The tip and the start 23 2. Civilization and Enlightenment 43 3. The Double lifestyles 101 4. The Decay of the Decadent 150 5. Low urban, excessive urban 186 6. The Taisho glance 247 BOOK TOKYO emerging Author’s Preface 281 7. the times After 291 8. satisfied Reconstruction Days 307 9. Darker Days 368 10. The Day of the Cod and the candy Potato 422 11. Olympian Days 495 12. Balmy Days of past due Shōwa 546 Notes 607 Index 615 advent There will be few towns on the earth that reside, pulsate, and breathe via their geography as Tokyo does, few towns with a historical past that shifts during the creases of house as does that of Tokyo. this can be rather ironic in a urban whose neighborhoods this day carry few specified good points and whose mild topography has been all yet obscured by means of batteries of constructions. however it used to be no longer consistently so, and what higher manner is there of writing Tokyo’s heritage than through reflecting this moving geography as neighborhoods prospered and declined whereas others, extra aspirational, climbed up the socio-spatial ladder? this is often accurately what Edward Seidensticker does within the pages of those books, introduced the following jointly for the 1st time lower than one disguise because of the efforts of a few humans, together with Donald Richie, and the writer. Few books in no matter what language are so suffused with the spirit of a urban as Seidensticker’s vintage debts, suffused with the spirit of town, but in addition imbued with the wit in their writer. those are usually not traditional histories. whereas they're written with a robust feel of history’s ebb and circulate, they're held jointly via their illustration of the decline and marginalization of a life-style that used to be even as part of city. all through those books, there's a experience of foreboding and of a deadly future being performed out. yet while, there's a lightness of contact and an appropriateness of the selected element that provokes a grin, a laugh, and a raised eyebrow on each one interpreting. this is often certainly no longer anyone’s Tokyo. it really is Seidensticker’s Tokyo. And Seidensticker’s Tokyo starts off within the Low urban and strikes out with it to include Asakusa. a lot of those volumes is ruled by way of the death of the Low urban and all that it stood for, till, that's, newer years, while the deed is all yet performed and Asakusa consigned to the position of outpost for travelers.

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