December 2, 2016/ 7:00 PM

The Japan Foundation, Los Angeles 5700 Wilshire Blvd., #100 Los Angeles CA

Timon Screech, “Magic and Power in Edo's City Planning” - Japan Foundation LA

"Edo (modern Tokyo) was built to be the Tokugawa seat in 1590, and in 1603 it became headquarters of their shogunate. It was carefully planned to meet ancestral expectations of how an impressive East Asian metropolis should look, entailing a certain alignment of streets, with temples positioned in designated locations, according to magical criteria. It also took over aspects of the medieval castle town, where warriors had displayed their power. But Edo was more than this. It was the first city in Japanese history to have a central iconic core. This lecture will introduce the various requirements and expectations that went into the layout of Edo."


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