Tokyo: A Biography

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Tuttle Publishing, Oct 25, 2016 - History - 224 pages
The history of Tokyo is as eventful as it is long. A concise yet detailed overview of this fascinating, centuries-old city, Tokyo: A Biography is a perfect companion volume for history buffs or Tokyo-bound travelers looking to learn more about their destination.

In a whirlwind journey through Tokyo's past from its earliest beginnings up to the present day, this Japanese history book demonstrates how the city's response to everything from natural disasters to regime change has been to reinvent itself time and again. A calamitous fire results in a massive expansion of the city's territory. A debate over the Samurai code creates far-reaching social change. A malleable boy becomes the figurehead for powerful forces which change an ancient feudal society into a modern industrialized power within a generation. Utter destruction wipes the slate clean again so Tokyoites may start all over. And so it goes.

Tokyo's story is riveting, and by the end of Tokyo: A Biography, readers see a city almost unrivaled in its uniqueness, a place that—despite its often tragic history—still shimmers as it prepares to face the future.
 

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Contents

Preface
7
Introduction
11
CHAPTER 1 The Master Plan
19
CHAPTER 2 The Restive City
47
CHAPTER 3 The Great Meiji Bazaar
69
CHAPTER 4 The Flammable City
101
CHAPTER 5 Hachiman God of War
119
CHAPTER 6 Occupying Bodies
137
CHAPTER 7 The Independent City
155
CHAPTER 8 Fault Lines
173
AFTERWORD Plural Zones
187
Bibliography
196
Filmography
201
Index
203
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