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Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989: The Emergence of the World's Greatest City (Tuttle Classics)

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Publisher Comments:

andlt;bandgt;"These two volumes by andlt;iandgt;Edward Seidenstickerandlt;/iandgt; may well be the envy of every university pressandhellip;desirable reading for amateur historians and tourists alike."and#8212;andlt;iandgt;Thomas Stanley, Director of Walk Japan Limitedandlt;/iandgt;andlt;/bandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;There can be few cities in the world that live, pulsate, and breathe through their geography as Tokyo does, few cities with a history that shifts through the creases of space as does that of Tokyo. This is particularly ironic in a city whose neighborhoods today hold few distinctive features and whose gentle topography has been all but obscured by batteries of building. But it was not always so, and what better way is there of writing Tokyo's history than by reflecting this shifting geography as neighborhoods prospered and declined while others, more aspirational, climbed up the socioand#8211;spacial ladder? This is precisely what andlt;iandgt;Edward Seidenstickerandlt;/iandgt; does in the pages of these books, brought together here together for the first time under one cover with numerous illustrations and an insert of beautifully colored Japanese woodblock prints of Tokyo from the era.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Tokyo: From Edo to Showaandlt;/iandgt; tells the story and history of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an isolated Japan to one of the most renowned modern cities in the world. With the same scholarship and style that won him admiration as one of the premier translators of Japanese literature, Seidensticker offers the reader his own brilliant picture of a whole society suddenly emerging into the modern world. By turns elegiac and funny, reflective and crisp, andlt;iandgt;Tokyo: From Edo to Showaandlt;/iandgt; is an important cultural history of Asia's greatest city.

Book News Annotation:

The books reprinted in this volume--Low City, High City and Tokyo Rising-- together make up one of the best social and cultural histories of modern Tokyo in the English language. With a great eye for detail, Seidensticker follows the development of Tokyo from the years of great social and technological change that followed the end of the Shogun Era, through the disruptions resulting from the great earthquake and fire of 1923 and the Second World War, up to the boom years of the 1980s. Exceedingly well written and full of interesting stories, this book is a must for anyone interested in Japan and its history. Includes numerous illustrations, including 16 pages in full color. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A fascinating social history of Japan's capital—infused with the spirit of the city and the wit and wisdom of the foremost authority on Japanese culture

Synopsis:

Edward Seidensticker's Tokyo: From Edo to Showa, available here for the first time in a single volume, tells the story of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an isolated Japan to one of the most renowned modern cities in the world. With the same scholarship and style that won him admiration as one of the premier translators of Japanese literature, he offers the reader his own brilliant picture of a whole society suddenly emerging into the modern world. By turns elegiac and funny, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is an important cultural history of Asia's greatest city.

Synopsis:

Edward Seidensticker's andlt;iandgt;Tokyo: From Edo to Showaandlt;/iandgt;, available here for the first time in a single volume, tells the story of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an isolated Japan to one of the most renowned modern cities in the world. With the same scholarship and style that won him admiration as one of the premier translators of Japanese literature, he offers the reader his own brilliant picture of a whole society suddenly emerging into the modern world. By turns elegiac and funny, reflective and crisp, andlt;iandgt;Tokyo: From Edo to Showaandlt;/iandgt; is an important cultural history of Asia's greatest city.

About the Author

Edward Seidensticker, 1921û2007, was a distinguished translator and scholar responsible for introducing the works of a number of important modern Japanese novelists to the English-speaking world.

Donald Richie, novelist, essayist, journalist, and film scholar, was born in Ohio but has spent most of the last sixty years witnessing and reporting on the transformation of Japan from postwar devastation to twenty-first century economic and cultural powerhouse. He still lives and writes in Tokyo.

Product Details

ISBN:
9784805310243
Author:
Seidensticker, Edward
Publisher:
Tuttle Publishing
Preface by:
Richie, Donald
Preface:
Richie, Donald
Introduction by:
Waley, Paul
Introduction:
Waley, Paul
Author:
Seidenstic
Author:
Richie, Donald
Author:
ker, Edward
Author:
Waley, Paul
Subject:
Asia - Japan
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Japan
Subject:
World History-Japan
Subject:
Asia
Subject:
japanese history; samurai; shogun; japanese war; japanese culture
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Tuttle Classics of Japanese Literature
Publication Date:
20101231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
134 b&w and 23 color illus
Pages:
650
Dimensions:
8.00 x 5.13 in

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A fascinating social history of Japan's capital—infused with the spirit of the city and the wit and wisdom of the foremost authority on Japanese culture
"Synopsis" by , Edward Seidensticker's Tokyo: From Edo to Showa, available here for the first time in a single volume, tells the story of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an isolated Japan to one of the most renowned modern cities in the world. With the same scholarship and style that won him admiration as one of the premier translators of Japanese literature, he offers the reader his own brilliant picture of a whole society suddenly emerging into the modern world. By turns elegiac and funny, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is an important cultural history of Asia's greatest city.
"Synopsis" by , Edward Seidensticker's andlt;iandgt;Tokyo: From Edo to Showaandlt;/iandgt;, available here for the first time in a single volume, tells the story of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an isolated Japan to one of the most renowned modern cities in the world. With the same scholarship and style that won him admiration as one of the premier translators of Japanese literature, he offers the reader his own brilliant picture of a whole society suddenly emerging into the modern world. By turns elegiac and funny, reflective and crisp, andlt;iandgt;Tokyo: From Edo to Showaandlt;/iandgt; is an important cultural history of Asia's greatest city.
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