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The tale of Tokyo's origin and history


Tokyo, the city of fascinating contrasts, where ancient traditions blend harmoniously with cutting-edge modernity and stroboscopic lights.


Japan's modern capital never fails to enchant and amaze.


In this blog post, we will delve into the foundation and history of Tokyo.

Whether you're a history enthusiast, an anime aficionado, or simply an adventurous traveler, Tokyo will leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.



It's origins can be traced back to the early 15th century, when it was known as Edo.


Originally a small fishing village, Edo transformed into a significant political and cultural center under the Tokugawa shogunate.


During Japan's feudal period, political power was held by the shogun, a military leader who ruled in the name of the emperor.

The samurai, an elite class of warriors, served as the backbone of the shogunate, upholding honor, loyalty, and martial prowess.


Tokyo, then known as Edo, became the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate, which held power for over 250 years until the Meiji Restoration.



The Meiji Restoration marked a turning point in Japanese history, as it brought an end to the feudal era and initiated a rapid modernization process.


Tokyo, designated as the new capital in 1868, witnessed a remarkable transformation and was renamed Tokyo, "Eastern Capital," symbolizing its newfound imperial status .


Under Emperor Meiji's reign, the city blossomed into a center of innovation, embracing Western ideas and technologies while preserving its cultural heritage.


The city itself is the symbol of the nation's renewed strength and aspirations for a bright proud future.



Despite the well-known historical events and traumatic post war aftermath, Tokyo soon experienced rapid economic growth and became the engine driving Japan's overall economic recovery.


Government policies focused on industrialization and export-oriented industries, which propelled Tokyo's emergence as a major economic hub.

Areas like Shinjuku and Shibuya became centers of modern business and commercial activities, featuring iconic skyscrapers.



Tokyo hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics, which served as a symbol of Japan's recovery and showcased the city's modernization efforts. The event brought international attention and helped solidify Tokyo's position as a global city.


It soon became a global center for cultural trends, technology, and innovation. The city's vibrant pop culture, fashion, and entertainment industries gained international recognition, influencing global markets and attracting tourists from around the world.


But this is not all!


Tokyo has made significant efforts in urban planning, focusing on creating sustainable and environmentally friendly infrastructure. Initiatives include the development of green spaces, improving public transportation, and implementing eco-friendly practices, as well as implementing advanced disaster preparedness measures, such as early warning systems and building regulations to ensure structural resilience.



Tokyo is all you could look for: a modern metropolis blending a rich history with technological advancements, economic prowess, and cultural vibrancy.


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For those of you that cannot wait for my next blog post and want to find more on their own, here the best recommendations for book lovers with insatiable curiosity:

  1. "A Modern History of Japan: From Tokugawa Times to the Present" by Andrew Gordon

  2. "Tokyo: A Cultural and Literary History" by Stephen Mansfield

  3. "Tokyo: A Biography" by Stephen Mansfield

  4. "The Making of Urban Japan: Cities and Planning from Edo to the Twenty-First Century" by Andre Sorensen

  5. "Tokyo: A Spatial Anthropology" by Hidenobu Jinnai



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