Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868–1940

(Spatial Habitus: Making and Meaning in Asia's Architecture)

Modern Kyoto: Building for Ceremony and Commemoration, 1868–1940 Author Alice Y. Tseng
Isbn 9780824873752
File size 7MB
Year 2018
Pages 296
Language English
File format PDF
Category Architecture

Book Description:

Modern Kyoto is a stellar work of research and an important contribution to a number of fields, including Japanese history, architecture, and urbanism. I know of no other English-language work that addresses Kyoto urbanism and its relationship to imperial presentation in the modern era. It is sui generis and has no comparands. -- Yukio Lippit, Harvard University

Alice Tseng provides a lucid and visually vivid account of the Meiji, Taishō, and early Shōwa Imperial presence in Kyoto’s built environment through a spectacular array of ceremonies, pageantry, exhibitions, and public architecture. Her multifaceted, persuasive analysis of Kyoto complements the extensive literature on Tokyo during this critical period of Japan’s modernization. Based on assiduous primary research, Tseng offers one of the most comprehensive accounts of the topic in English, extending the political and cultural analyses of the Japanese throne to capture its visual and spatial presences within the popular realm prior to the Pacific War. -- Ken Tadashi Oshima, University of Washington


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