This week, we cover postwar Tokyo as it recovers from the devastation of war in remarkable time, and take some time to think about what we’ve learned from the history of Japan’s most central city.
Mansfield, Steven. Tokyo: A Biography.
Seidensticker, Edward. Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989
Field, Norma. From My Grandmother’s Bedside: Sketches of Postwar Tokyo
A Type 0 Shinkansen, part of the fleet that started serving the Shinkansen line in 1964.
Sakai Yoshinori, 19 years old in 1964, was chosen to carry the Olympic torch as a symbol of Japan’s rebirth. Here he is headed to the Olympic flame in national stadium.
Sakai Yoshinori lighting the Olympic flame.
Team Japan during the opening ceremonies of the 1964 Olympics.
The Shibuya 109 Building, a symbol of Shibuya’s rebirth as a high-falutin’ upscale district.
JR Shinjuku station, the world’s busiest train station on a day to day average.
Perhaps no area better demonstrates both the continuity and change of the Shitamachi than Akihabara — once a vegetable market, and now an electronics one.