By Edward Seidensticker
"These volumes by way of Edward Seidensticker may be the envy of each college press…desirable examining for beginner historians and travelers alike."—Thomas Stanley, Director of stroll Japan Limited
There may be few towns on this planet that stay, pulsate, and breathe via their geography as Tokyo does, few towns with a historical past that shifts throughout the creases of area as does that of Tokyo. this is often relatively ironic in a urban whose neighborhoods this day carry few detailed good points and whose mild topography has been all yet obscured via batteries of establishing. however it was once now not continually so, and what greater method is there of writing Tokyo's historical past than by way of reflecting this transferring geography as neighborhoods prospered and declined whereas others, extra aspirational, climbed up the socio–spacial ladder? this can be accurately what Edward Seidensticker does within the pages of those books, introduced jointly the following jointly for the 1st time lower than one hide with quite a few illustrations and an insert of superbly coloured eastern woodblock prints of Tokyo from the period.
Tokyo: From Edo to Showa tells the tale and historical past of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an remoted Japan to at least one of the main well known smooth towns on the earth. With a similar scholarship and elegance that received him admiration as one of many best translators of eastern literature, Seidensticker bargains the reader his personal incredible photograph of a complete society all at once rising into the trendy global. by means of turns elegiac and humorous, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa is a vital cultural historical past of Asia's maximum urban.