Tokyo Before Tokyo: Power and Magic in the Shogun's City of Edo (Paperback)Timon Screech (author)
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Publisher: Reaktion Books
Number of pages: 272
Dimensions: 220 x 171 mm
"Screech is a highly knowledgeable guide to Ieyasu's Edo. His narrative is generously illustrated. . . . Today, very little of Tokyo's past remains standing, but the original footprint is still there. With Tokyo Before Tokyo, Screech shows us where to look." * Japan Times *
"In this lavishly-illustrated, beautifully-written, and comprehensive book, the splendid yet informal writing enhanced by anecdotes, contemporary art, and poetry from beginning to end, Edo comes back to life, its vibrancy restored and its former grandeur put on display. The feeling is of actually being there, in this departed city, with an informed, instructive, and often witty guide showing the sights. It's as close as anyone living today could ever get to understanding the Edo 'mentality.'" * Asian Review of Books *
"According to Screech, author of Tokyo Before Tokyo: Power and Magic in the Shogun's City of Edo, the city is the source of much of what we consider to be Japanese culture: sushi, Mt Fuji, cherry blossoms. Tokyo Before Tokyo is a rich illustrated volume that presents the vibrant visual history of Edo. The book is presented as a series of vignettes, dealing with key landmarks and districts from the old city, from the Shogun's castle to the famous red-light Yoshiwara district." * New Books Network *
"Contemporary visitors to the Tokyo megalopolis may be forgiven for failing to ascertain what remnants of the city formerly known as Edo still lie beneath the contemporary cityscape. Those with an interest, however, will be greatly aided by Screech's new study, which excavates and resurrects urban history in a manner that eschews mere chronology, instead presenting a 'selection of vignettes' that reveal the ways in which Edo was experienced by residents and visitors alike. . . . An eminently readable and enlightening sketch of the places and ideas that shaped daily life for the Shogun's urban subjects. Recommended." * Choice *
"In this beguiling and splendidly illustrated volume, Screech brings to the page an array of fascinating narrative insights that not only tell the story of the shogun's capital but also set it in the broader context of Japanese cultural history, with its extensive ties to the Chinese world, and even beyond, to Europe." -- Paul Waley, University of Leeds, coeditor of "Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo"
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