Tokyo: A Cultural History by Stephen MansfieldTokyo: A Cultural History by Stephen Mansfield

Tokyo: A Cultural History

byStephen Mansfield

Paperback | June 15, 2009

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Tokyo seems like an ultra modern - even postmodern - city, with its inventive skyscrapers and digitized surfaces. But it is also a city where past, present, and future coexist - where backstreets both inspire science fiction and host wooden temples, fox shrines, and Buddhist statues that evokepast ages. In this addition to Oxford's Cityscapes series, Stephen Mansfield explores a city rich in diversity, tracing its evolution from the founding of its massive stone citadel, when it was known as Edo, through the rise of a merchant class who transformed the town into a center for art, to theemergence of modern Tokyo. Mansfield traces a city of print masters, Kabuki theater, novelists and great architecture, which has overcome many disasters, from the 1923 earthquake through the fire-bombings of World War II to the 1995 subway gas attacks.
Stephen Mansfield is a resident of Tokyo and the author of Tokyo: Eyewitness Travel Guide.
Title:Tokyo: A Cultural HistoryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.2 × 5.4 × 0.9 inPublished:June 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195386337

ISBN - 13:9780195386332

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The story of a city A surprising history of Tokyo. Though it touches on the major political players and the development of the city, this is really a literary and cultural biography of the city. The snipped of various novels, short stories, and histories really bring the past to life. They also shatter some of the myths about the Japanese people. Anyone planning to visit would be well served immersing themselves in the origins of Tokyo's today. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-09