Re-Inventing Tokyo: Japan's Largest City in the Artistic Imagination

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Re-Inventing Tokyo is the first examination in either English or Japanese that considers portrayals of Tokyo in light of that city’s continuous re-invention since the mid-nineteenth century. Using a carefully selected group of more than 170 prints, photographs, paintings, and textiles, Re-Inventing Tokyo documents the changes that took place as Tokyo modernized and Westernized in the mid-nineteenth century, became the center of modern urban life in Japan before the Second World War, and rebuilt itself as part of the country’s economic miracle in the postwar era. This richly illustrated book includes five essays and a checklist of exhibited works divided into ten thematic sections, each prefaced by a narrative introduction.

This volume accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College, organized and curated by Samuel C. Morse.

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SAMUEL C. MORSE is a professor in the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations at Amherst College.

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“The visual arts have long shaped the imagination of Tokyo (and Edo before it). This catalogue gives life to a breathtaking sweep of representations of the city over the past 150 years. It will delight those who love Tokyo in grand vista or fine detail!” (Theodore C. Bestor, Reischauer Professor of Social Anthropology, Harvard University)

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