Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective: Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Japanese Capitals in Historical Perspective

Place, Power and Memory in Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo, 1st Edition

Edited by Nicolas Fiévé, Paul Waley


432 pages

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Japan's ability to develop its own brand of modernity has often been attributed in part to the sophistication of its cities. Concentrating on Kyoto, Edo and Tokyo, the contributors to this volume weave together the links between past and future, memory and vision, symbol and structure, between marginality and power, and between Japan's two great capital cities.


'An admirable success.' - Journal of Japanese Studies

Table of Contents

Introduction: Kyoto and Edo-Tokyo: Urban Histories in Parallels and Tangents Part I: Power and the Spatial Imprints of Authority 1. Castles in Kyoto at the Close of the Age of Warring States: The Urban Fortresses of the Ashikaga Shoguns Yoshiteru and Yoshiaki 2. Social Discrimination and Architectural Freedom in the Pleasure District of Kyoto in Early Modern Japan 3. Urbanisation and the Nature of the Tokugawa Hegemony 4. Metaphors of the Metropolis: Architectural and Artistic Representations of the Identity of Edo Part II: Memory and the Changing Passage of Space 5. Kyoto's Famous Places: Collective Memory and 'Monuments' in the Tokugawa Period 6. Representing Mobility in Tokugawa and Meiji Japan 7. By Ferry to Factory: Crossing Tokyo's Great River into a New World 8. From a Shogunal City to a Life city: Tokyo between Two Fin-de-siècles 9. Time Perception, or the Ineluctable Aging of Material in Architecture Part III: Place Between Future and Past 10. The Past in Tokyo's Future: Koda Rohan's Thoughts on Urban Reform and the New Citizen in Ikkoku no shuto (One nation's capital) 11. Visionary Plans and Planners: Japanese Traditions and Western Influences 12. Kyoto and the Preservation of Urban Landscapes 13. Preservation and Revitalization of machiya in Kyoto 14. Conclusion: Power, Memory, and Place Glossary Index

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Asia / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General