Title: Tokyo Before Tokyo: Power & Magic in the Shogun’s city of Edo
Author: SCREECH TIMON
Publication date: 01/12/2020
Publishing status: Active
Tokyo today is one of the world's mega-cities and the center of a scintillating, hyper-modern culture â€” 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 civilisation 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 centred; the vast castle of the Shogun; sumptuous Buddhist temples, bars, kabuki theatres, and Yoshiwara â€” the famous red-light district.
Dimension: 220mm X 171mm