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Free eBook Tokyo A Cultural History (Cityscapes) download ISBN: 0195386337
Author: Stephen Mansfield
Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (June 1, 2009)
Language: English
Pages: 288
Category: Traveling
Subcategory: Asia
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by. Stephen Mansfield (Author). Stephen Mansfield is a resident of Tokyo and the author of Tokyo: Eyewitness Travel Guide. I can barely say that the history in this book is 100% percent accurate - there are way too many generalizations and opinions not so critically discussed. But that tiny flaw does not stop the book from being a good one, for, oh well, this is a narrative about cultural history. Rich in content and supported by a surplus of primary sources, this is the go-to book to read about a general cultural history of Tokyo and even Japan itself.

Tokyo a Cultural History book. In this addition to Oxford's Cityscapes series, Stephen Mansfield 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 evoke past ages. In this addition to Oxford's Cityscapes series, Stephen Mansfield explor Tokyo seems like an ultra modern-even postmodern-city, with its inventive skyscrapers and digitized surfaces

Tokyo A Cultural History book. In this addition to Oxford's Cityscapes series, Stephen Mansfield explor Tokyo seems like an ultra modern-even postmodern-city, with its inventive skyscrapers and digitized surfaces.

Stephen Mansfield explores a city rich in diversity, tracing its evolution from the founding of its massive stone citadel through rise of a merchant class whose wealth transformed Edo into a home for artists, writers and performers. In contemporary Tokyo he explores the unique crossbred cultures of taste that make the giant conurbation one of the most exciting and creative cities in the world.

Home Browse Books Book details, Tokyo: A Cultural History. Tokyo: A Cultural History. By Stephen Mansfield. 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 the emergence 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.

Tokyo : A Cultural History. Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9780195386332.

Stephen Mansfield is an author and photojournalist who has been living on the edges of Tokyo since the late 1980s. Country of Publication.

Tokyo: A Cultural and Literary History by Stephen Mansfield (Paperback, 2009). The book traces the cultural and literary history of Tokyo from an obscure fishing village to one of the largest metropolises in the world. Stephen Mansfield is an author and photojournalist who has been living on the edges of Tokyo since the late 1980s.

by Stephen Mansfield. Series: Cities of the Imagination, Cityscapes. The history of Tokyo is as eventful as it is long

by Stephen Mansfield. 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

Tokyo A Cultural History Cityscapes.

Tokyo A Cultural History Cityscapes.

A Cultural and Literary History. by. Stephen Mansfield. Publisher Information.

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 evoke past 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 the emergence 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.
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SARAND
Tokyo: A Cultural History (2009) by Stephen Mansfeild is fascinating look at one of the most interesting cities in the world. Mansfield uses a variety of sources to chart the history of the world's biggest city. These sources range from obscure foreign travelers like Isabella Bird to more established critics and historians like Ian Buruma, Donald Richie, Edward Seidensticker to famous Japanese literary figures like Junichiro Tanizaki, Kafu Nagai, Yasunari Kawabata, Yukio Mishima and famous foreign literary figures who have written about, traveled through or lived in the great city like Angela Carter, David Mitchell, William Gibson and more. The topics range from woodblock art to tattoos, architecture, geisha, city parks, poetry, and natural disasters. It seems much of the citys history was concentrated in shitamachi, the low city, where the pleasure quarters of Yoshiwara resided for so many years before being shut down in the 60s for the Olympics to the former entertainment district of Asaskusa. I plan to read a Nagai book based on the descriptions of his writings in this volume. There was a section in Chapter Six about Kiyosumi-teien that inspired a visit there. And I was inspired by Chapter Seven's "Upheaval and Millenarian Beliefs" to search out Shohei Imamaura's film version of the events of the Ejanaika movement where delirious mobs paraded Shinto images through the streets shouting quasi-religious slogans indulging in bouts of eating and drunkeness, wearing costumes, cross-dressing and openly having sex in alleyways. The discussion of the city carries on up to present day Tokyo. It has inspired me to search out other books on the subject like Donald Riche's Tokyo Megacity and Edward Seidensticker's two books Low City, High City and Tokyo Rising.
santa
I can barely say that the history in this book is 100% percent accurate - there are way too many generalizations and opinions not so critically discussed. But that tiny flaw does not stop the book from being a good one, for, oh well, this is a narrative about cultural history. Rich in content and supported by a surplus of primary sources, this is the go-to book to read about a general cultural history of Tokyo and even Japan itself. Beautifully written, too. 10/10 recommended.
monotronik
Outstanding in the tradition of Seidensticker.
Justie
This is an extremely compact history that includes everything from geology, earthquakes & fire, to printmaking, poetry & geopolitics--and everything in between. Beautifully written, fast-paced and deep. this book is a joy to read (& makes a great gift).