Tokyo japan history and culture
Cool Japan: A Guide to Tokyo, Kyoto, Tohoku and Japanese Culture Past and Present by Sumiko KajiyamaWritten by local expert Sumiko Kajiyama, Cool Japan is a three-part travel guide that explores the heart of Japanese culture and must-see places from a uniquely Japanese perspective. First, visit Kyoto, where you will discover 1,000 years of history from the ancient love story the Tale of Genji to the traditional tea ceremony. Then head to Tokyo to experience Japan’s cutting-edge capital, where the 21st-century kawaii culture collides with landmarks like the Kabuki-za Theater and the ImperialPalace. For a different perspective, venture outside the city to the serene towns of Tohoku, the region largely affected by the 2011 tsunami disaster. Informative, entertaining, and useful, this book is an ideal introduction for any traveler looking for a deeper understanding of Japanese culture, past and present.
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A Brief History of Tokyo
It has served as the Japanese capital since The urban area houses the seat of the Emperor of Japan , of the Japanese government and of the National Diet. It became the capital after Emperor Meiji moved his seat to the city from Kyoto in ; at that time Edo was renamed Tokyo. Tokyo is often referred to as a city but is officially known and governed as a "metropolitan prefecture", which differs from and combines elements of a city and a prefecture, a characteristic unique to Tokyo. On July 1, , it merged with Tokyo Prefecture and became Tokyo Metropolis with an additional 26 municipalities in the western part of the prefecture, and the Izu islands and Ogasawara islands south of Tokyo. As of October 1, , the population of Tokyo is estimated to be over As of [update] , Tokyo hosted 51 of the Fortune Global companies, the highest number of any city in the world at that time.
History of Tokyo
Tokyo , formerly until Edo , city and capital of Tokyo to metropolis and of Japan. It is located at the head of Tokyo Bay on the Pacific coast of central Honshu. It is the focus of the vast metropolitan area often called Greater Tokyo, the largest urban and industrial agglomeration in Japan. A brief treatment of Tokyo follows. For full treatment, see Tokyo-Yokohama metropolitan area. The site of Tokyo has been inhabited since ancient times; the small fishing village of Edo existed there for centuries. With the Meiji Restoration of , which ended the shogunate, the capital was moved to Edo.