Jordan Sand: Life in Edo, 3 June 2021
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Chatto, 352 pp., £9.99, July 2020, 978 1 78470 230 4Show More
Tokyo before Tokyo: Power and Magic in the Shogun’s City of Edo by Timon Screech.
Reaktion, 240 pp., £25, September 2020, 978 1 78914 233 4Show More
“... Japanese, read Dutch, draw, sing, put on [their] coats, then take them off again’. It was, as Timon Screech writes, ‘an anthropological exercise’. The encounter belongs to a long history of mutual ethnography between Easterners and Westerners.Although we are lacking European accounts, the people of Edo themselves left a rich archive. The city had ...”