Tokyo: A Spatial Anthropology by Hidenobu JinnaiTokyo: A Spatial Anthropology by Hidenobu Jinnai

Tokyo: A Spatial Anthropology

byHidenobu JinnaiTranslated byKimiko Nishimura

Hardcover | August 23, 1995

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Tokyo: destroyed by the earthquake of 1923 and again by the firebombing of World War II. Does anything remain of the old city?

The internationally known Japanese architectural historian Jinnai Hidenobu set out on foot to rediscover the city of Tokyo. Armed with old maps, he wandered through back alleys and lanes, trying to experience the city's space as it had been lived by earlier residents. He found that, despite an almost completely new cityscape, present-day inhabitants divide Tokyo's space in much the same way that their ancestors did two hundred years before.

Jinnai's holistic perspective is enhanced by his detailing of how natural, topographical features were incorporated into the layout of the city. A variety of visual documents (maps from the Tokugawa and Meiji periods, building floorplans, woodblock prints, photographs) supplement his observations. While an important work for architects and historians, this unusual book will also attract armchair travelers and anyone interested in the symbolic uses of space.

(A translation of Tokyo no kûkan jinruigaku.)
Jinnai Hidenobu is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at Hosei University in Tokyo.
Title:Tokyo: A Spatial AnthropologyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:August 23, 1995Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA PRESS

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520071352

ISBN - 13:9780520071353

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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Richard Bender
1. The High City: Surface and Depths
2. The Cosmology of a City of Water
3. The Rhetoric of the Modern City
4. Modernism and Its Urban Forms

Editorial Reviews

"It was a particular pleasure to discover "Tokyo: A Spatial Anthropology, for Jinnai's book is precisely a guide to Tokyo-literacy. By this, I do not mean that it is a conventional guidebook. . . . Rather, it is a book about the historical and social logic of Tokyo: a compelling exploration of the reasons why the city acquired is present shape. . . . "Tokyo: A Spatial Anthropology is very obviously a labor of love; its style overflows with enthusiasm at the wonders to the city. . . . An original, readable, and fascinating book."--Tessa Morris-Suzuki, "Journal of Asian Studies