An Armchair Traveller s History of TokyoAn Armchair Traveller s History of Tokyo

But the long and fascinating history of Japan’s modern capital encompasses much, much more, and in An Armchair Traveller’s History of Tokyo, Jonathan Clements sketches the city’s amazing trajectory from its humble beginnings as a ...

Author: Jonathan Clements

Publisher: Haus Publishing

ISBN: 9781909961593


Page: 212

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With almost 13 million residents, Tokyo is now as much an icon of modernity as it is a city, with its neon-lit billboards, futuristic technology, and avant-garde fashion scene. But the long and fascinating history of Japan’s modern capital encompasses much, much more, and in An Armchair Traveller’s History of Tokyo, Jonathan Clements sketches the city’s amazing trajectory from its humble beginnings as a group of clearings in a forest on the Kanto plain all the way to its upcoming role as host of the 2020 Olympic Games. Tokyo, meaning “Eastern Capital,” has only enjoyed that name and status for 150 years. Before that, it was a medieval outpost designed to keep watch over rich farmlands. But this seemingly unassuming geographical location ultimately led to its status as a supercity. Though the imperial court ruled Japan from the sleepy city of Kyoto, the landowners of the Kanto plain where Tokyo lies held the true wealth and power in Japan, which they eventually asserted in a series of bloody civil wars. The Tokyo region became the administrative center of Japan’s Shogun overlords and the site of a vibrant urban culture home to theaters, taverns, and brothels. After the Meiji Restoration in 1868, it became Japan’s true capital, home to the emperors, the seat of government, and a site of rapid urban growth. Anyone who’s ever longed to look upon Mount Fuji, embody the bravery of the Samurai, or savor the world’s finest sushi will find themselves transported from the comfort of their armchair while reading Clements’s account of Tokyo.

Tokyo Before TokyoTokyo Before Tokyo

... Jonathan, An Armchair Traveller's History of Tokyo (London, 2018) Enbutsu Sumiko, Discover Shitamachi: A Walking Guide to the Other Tokyo, ...

Author: Timon Screech

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781789142709


Page: 272

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Tokyo today is one of the world’s mega-cities and the center of a scintillating, hyper-modern culture—but not everyone is aware of its past. Founded in 1590 as the seat of the warlord Tokugawa family, Tokyo, then called Edo, was the locus of Japanese trade, economics, and urban civilization until 1868, when it mutated into Tokyo and became Japan’s modern capital. This beautifully illustrated book presents important sites and features from the rich history of Edo, taken from contemporary sources such as diaries, guidebooks, and woodblock prints. These include the huge bridge on which the city was centered; the vast castle of the Shogun; sumptuous Buddhist temples, bars, kabuki theaters, and Yoshiwara—the famous red-light district.

A Short History of TokyoA Short History of Tokyo

Tokyo is so entwined with the history of Japan that it can be hard to separate them, and A Short History of Tokyo tells both the story of the city itself and offers insight into Tokyo’s position at the nexus of power and people that has ...

Author: Jonathan Clements

Publisher: Armchair Traveller

ISBN: 1912208970


Page: 160

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Tokyo, which in Japanese means the "Eastern Capital," has only enjoyed that name and status for 150 years. Until the middle of the nineteenth century, the city that is now Tokyo was a sprawling fishing town by the bay named Edo. Earlier still, in the Middle Ages, it was Edojuku, an outpost overlooking farmlands. And thousands of years ago, its mudflats and marshes were home to elephants, deer, and marine life. In this compact history, Jonathan Clements traces Tokyo's fascinating story from the first forest clearances and the samurai wars to the hedonistic "floating world" of the last years of the Shogunate. He illuminates the Tokyo of the twentieth century with its destruction and redevelopment, boom and bust without forgoing the thousand years of history that have led to the Eastern Capital as we know it. Tokyo is so entwined with the history of Japan that it can be hard to separate them, and A Short History of Tokyo tells both the story of the city itself and offers insight into Tokyo's position at the nexus of power and people that has made the city crucial to the events of the whole country.

A Traveller s History of PortugalA Traveller s History of Portugal

While describing the history of Portugal from antiquity to the present, Ian Robertson has attempted to bring into perspective those many aspects of Portugal's past most likely to interest the educated visitor.

Author: Ian Robertson

Publisher: Haus Pub.

ISBN: 1907973095


Page: 352

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A definitive concise history of Portugal, from its earliest beginnings right up to the politics and life of the present day.It was not until the twelfth century that Portugal became a country in its own right, having been a Roman colony and then having suffered both Barbarian and Islamic invasions.The golden age of discoveries, the reign and foresight of Henry the Navigator, and great seamen such as Vasco da Gama led to the founding of Portugal's empire and wealth. Troubled times followed: in 1755 Lisbon was virtually leveled by the "Great Earthquake," and the country had hardly recovered its former prosperity when it was overrun by Napoleon's troops at the start of the Peninsular War, to be followed not long after by the Miguelite civil war. The middle decades of the nineteenth century saw the Port Wine trade flourishing, and further expansion into Africa.During the last quarter of the twentieth century, ever since the bloodless revolution of 1974 overthrew the rightwing dictatorship of Salazar, the country has regained its stability, and now takes its rightful place in the European Community.Illustrated with maps and line drawings, the book has a full Historical Gazetteer cross-referenced to the main text that concentrates on the historic sites in a country that has retained its individuality and thus its appeal to the individual traveler.

Tiny Travellers in TokyoTiny Travellers in Tokyo

Tokyo merges the modern and historical in unexpected ways. Tiny Travellers in Tokyo takes children on an educational ride through Tokyo's crooked alleyways to the world's biggest fish market, wild festivals and much more.

Author: Yuko Enomoto

Publisher: Precocious Press

ISBN: 1901334007


Page: 24

View: 645

Tokyo merges the modern and historical in unexpected ways. Tiny Travellers in Tokyo takes children on an educational ride through Tokyo's crooked alleyways to the world's biggest fish market, wild festivals and much more. For visitors, residents or young armchair travellers, Tiny Travellers in Tokyo is a passport to a city of delightful surprises.

The Sensual Side of the Orient An Armchair Guide for TravelersThe Sensual Side of the Orient An Armchair Guide for Travelers

... show the district officer was instructed by government officials in Edo (Tokyo) to ... A Japanese version of the same historical incident has the geisha ...

Author: Boye Lafayette De Mente

Publisher: Cultural-Insight Books

ISBN: 9780914778851



View: 471

It was not silk and spices or any other commercial product that kept Marco Polo in China for years and have continued to attract huge numbers of people (especially men!) to the Orient. It was the sensual side of Asian cultures, particially the charms of young women, says the author of this book. [China, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines have more beautiful women per capita than any Western country, he adds, and has obviously made a detailed study of the subject--his books include Women of the Orient!). This account explains why so many Western men prefer the charms of Asian women to women from their own ethnic and cultural groups.

A World of GardensA World of Gardens

See also Rossiter Johnson, ed., A History of the World's Columbian Exposition, ... 1993), as much for the armchair traveller as the Japanese visitor.

Author: John Dixon Hunt

Publisher: Reaktion Books

ISBN: 9781780233789


Page: 368

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A Japanese garden is immediately distinct to the eye from the traditional gardens of an English manor house, just as the manicured topiaries of Versailles contrast with the sharp cacti of the American Southwest. Though gardening is beloved the world over, the style of gardens themselves varies from region to region, determined as much by culture as climate. In this series of illustrated essays, John Dixon Hunt takes us on a world tour of different periods in the making of gardens. Hunt shows here how cultural assumptions and local geography have shaped gardens and their meaning. He explores our continuing responses to land and reworkings of the natural world, encompassing a broad range of gardens, from ancient Roman times to early Islamic and Mughal gardens, from Chinese and Japanese gardens to the invention of the public park and modern landscape architecture. A World of Gardens looks at key chapters in garden history, reviewing their significance past and present and tracing the recurrence of different themes and motifs in the design and reception of gardens throughout the world. A World of Gardens celebrates the idea that similar experiences of gardens can be found in many different times and places, including sacred landscapes, scientific gardens, urban gardens, secluded gardens, and symbolic gardens. Featuring two hundred images, this book is a treasure trove of ideas and inspiration, whether your garden is a window box, a secluded backyard, or a daydream.

History of Tokyo 1867 1989History of Tokyo 1867 1989

... of the juku of Shinjuku, “New Station,” signifies a traveler's lodging. ... since many places that anyone would call an inn have beds and chairs, ...

Author: Edward Seidensticker

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 9781462901050


Page: 640

View: 298

"This is a freaking great book and I highly recommend it…if you are passionate about the history of 'the world's greatest city,' this book is something you must have in your collection." — Edward Seidensticker's A History of Tokyo 1867-1989 tells the fascinating story of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an isolated Japan to the largest and the most modern city in the world. With the same scholarship and sparkling style that won him admiration as the foremost translator of great works of Japanese literature, Seidensticker offers the reader his brilliant vision of an entire society suddenly wrenched from an ancient feudal past into the modern world in a few short decades, and the enormous stresses and strains that this brought with it. Originally published as two volumes, Seidensticker's masterful work is now available in a handy, single paperback volume. Whether you're a history buff or Tokyo-bound traveler looking to learn more, this insightful book offers a fascinating look at how the Tokyo that we know came to be. This edition contains an introduction by Donald Richie, the acknowledged expert on Japanese culture who was a close personal friend of the author, and a preface by geographer Paul Waley that puts the book into perspective for modern readers.

Going Places A Reader s Guide to Travel NarrativeGoing Places A Reader s Guide to Travel Narrative

Subjects: Community Life; Gypsies; Music and Musicians; Racism Places: France ... Washington, DC Series: Armchair Traveller Series Now Try: Feiler is the ...

Author: Robert Burgin

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781610693851


Page: 572

View: 998

Successfully navigate the rich world of travel narratives and identify fiction and nonfiction read-alikes with this detailed and expertly constructed guide.

The Teleology of the Modern Nation StateThe Teleology of the Modern Nation State

On the history of woodblock “travelers' maps” (döchüzu), see Yamashita Kazumasa, Edo jidai kochizu o meguru (Tokyo: ...

Author: Joshua A. Fogel

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9781512821611


Page: 256

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Japan and China did not begin to emerge as unified political entities until the nineteenth century. Yet scholars and politicians persistently refer to "Japan" and "China" in discussions of earlier periods, as if the modern nation-state had long been established in these regions. Joshua Fogel here brings together essays by eight renowned East Asian scholars to demonstrate why this oversight distorts our historical analysis and understanding of both countries. The nation-states of Japan and China developed much later and, indeed, far less uniformly than usually conveyed in popular myth and political culture. Moreover, the false depiction of an earlier national identity not only alters the factual record; it serves the contemporary engines of nationalist mythology and propaganda. This interdisciplinary volume asks deceptively simple questions: When did "Japan" and "China" become Japan and China? When and why do inhabitants begin to define their identity and interests nationally rather than locally? Identifying the role of mitigating factors from disease and travel abroad to the subtleties of political language and aesthetic sensibility, the answers provided in these diverse and insightful essays are appropriately complex. By setting aside Western notions of the nation-state, the contributors approach each region on its own terms, while the thematic organization of the book provides a unique lens through which to view the challenges common to understanding both Japan and China. This highly readable collection will be important to scholars both inside and beyond the field of East Asian studies.

World Cities and Urban FormWorld Cities and Urban Form

History teaches us the equation: naming = being = owning ... They are, thus, a new breed of armchair travellers, with a significant difference: they do not ...

Author: Mike Jenks

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317796855


Page: 374

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This book presents new research and theory at the regional scale showing the forms metropolitan regions might take to achieve sustainability. At the city scale the book presents case studies based on the latest research and practice from Europe, Asia and North America, showing how both planning and flagship design can propel cities into world class status, and also improve sustainability. The contributors explore the tension between polycentric and potentially sustainable development, and urban fragmentation in a physical context, but also in a wider cultural, social and economic context.

Admiral TogoAdmiral Togo

Togo Heihachiro (1848-1934) was born into a feudal society that had lived in seclusion for 250 years.

Author: Jonathan Clements

Publisher: Haus Publishing

ISBN: 9781912208104


Page: 280

View: 280

Togo Heihachiro (1848-1934) was born into a feudal society that had lived in seclusion for 250 years. As a teenage samurai, he witnessed the destruction wrought upon his native land by British warships. As the legendary "Silent Admiral", he was at the forefront of innovations in warfare, pioneering the Japanese use of modern gunnery and wireless communication. He is best known as "the Nelson of the East" for his resounding victory over the Tsar's navy in the Russo-Japanese War, but he also lived a remarkable life: studying at a British maritime college, witnessing the Sino-French War, the Hawaiian Revolution, and the Boxer Uprising. After his retirement, he was appointed to oversee the education of the Emperor, Hirohito. This new biography spans Japan's sudden, violent leap out of its self-imposed isolation and into the 20th century. Delving beyond Togo's finest hour at the Battle of Tsushima, it portrays the life of a diffident Japanese sailor in Victorian Britain, his reluctant celebrity in America (where he was laid low by Boston cooking and welcomed by his biggest fan, Theodore Roosevelt), forgotten wars over the short-lived Republics of Ezo and Formosa, and the accumulation of peacetime experience that forged a wartime hero.

Directory of Publishing 2014Directory of Publishing 2014

... Fiction; Fine Art & Art History; History & Antiquarian; Industry, ... Publishers Guild 2035 THE ARMCHAIR TRAVELLER AT THE BOOKHAUS LTD 70 Cadogan Place, ...


Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781472537447


Page: 192

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Now in its 37th edition, and compiled in association with the Publishers Association, this is the most authoritative, detailed trade directory available for the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, listing over 900 book publishers. Comprehensive entries include, where available: - full contact details including addresses and websites - details of distribution and sales and marketing agents - key personnel - listing of main fields of activity - information on annual turnover, numbers of new titles and numbers of employees - ISBN prefixes including those for imprints and series - details of trade association membership - information on overseas representation - details of associated and parent companies. In addition to the detailed entries on publishers, the Directory offers in-depth coverage of the wider UK book trade and lists organizations associated with the book trade: packagers, authors' agents, trade and allied associations and services. The directory is also available to purchase as an online resource, for more information and a free preview please visit

A Spanish HoneymoonA Spanish Honeymoon

A: I joined the BBC's World Affairs Unit after reading Modern History at ... had conspired to prevent her from being anything but an armchair traveller.

Author: Anne Weale

Publisher: Harlequin

ISBN: 9781460366172


Page: 256

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When Liz moves to the idyllic Spanish village of Valdecarrasca, she's stunned to find herself living next door to the infamous Cameron Fielding…. Cameron has a string of glamorous female visitors, so Liz is amazed to discover he's contemplating marriage—to her! It is strictly a practical proposal—but when their honeymoon sparks into passion, it's clear that their marriage could also become permanent…

The Penguin History of Modern ChinaThe Penguin History of Modern China

in 1886 was put into a closed sedan chair and carried from the city. European travellers in Yunnan and Guangxi were banned from contact with locals.

Author: Jonathan Fenby

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141917610


Page: 816

View: 857

'China's reemergence as a global economic powerhouse has compressed into a single generation an industrial and urban revolution on a scale the world has never seen. Its transformation looks to many foreigners, and to millions of newly prosperous Chinese, like a near-miraculous escape from the agonies of its recent history - late imperial, warlord-republican and Maoist. The great merit of Jonathan Fenby's vivid account of the years since 1850 is to underline how heavily that history still weighs on the present' Rosemary Righter, The Times

Luxury Railway TravelLuxury Railway Travel

A Social and Business History Martyn Pring ... of the eight-carriage train accommodating up to 100 passengers take in features such as relaxing armchairs, ...

Author: Martyn Pring

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781526713261


Page: 368

View: 655

“Reads like an extravagant time travel through Britain’s opulence era where train travel was just as stylish and fanciful as the elite class themselves.” —Manhattan with a Twist Martyn Pring has carried out considerable research tracing the evolution of British luxury train travel weaving railway, social and travel history threads around a number of Britain’s mainline routes traditionally associated with glamorous trains. Drawing on contemporary coverage, he chronicles the luxury products and services shaped by railway companies and hospitality businesses for Britain’s burgeoning upper and middle classes and wealthy overseas visitors, particularly Americans, who demanded more civilized and comfortable rail travel. By Edwardian times, a pleasure-palace industry emerged as entrepreneurs, hotel proprietors, local authorities and railway companies all collaborated developing upscale destinations, building civic amenities, creating sightseeing and leisure pursuits and in place-making initiatives to attract prosperous patrons. Luxury named trains delivered sophisticated and fashionable settings encouraging a golden age of civilized business and leisure travel. Harkening back to the inter-war years, modern luxury train operators now redefine and capture the allure and excitement of dining and train travel experiences. “Martyn’s extraordinarily beautiful book is more than a collection of classic railway posters—it describes a way of life that’s now lost in the mists of the twentieth century . . . As a piece of social history, this book is faultless, and a precious reminder of luxury and class distinction . . . [a] fabulous book. Exceptional.” —Books Monthly “A comprehensive account of luxury ‘hotel trains,’ dining trains and the presentations of heritage railways brings the story to its unexpected conclusion . . . this is a lively take on a neglected topic.” —BackTrack