Edward Seidensticker's Tokyo: From Edo to Showa
, available here for the first time in a single volume, tells the story of Tokyo's transformation from the Shogun's capital in an isolated Japan to one of the most renowned modern cities in the world. With the same scholarship and style that won him admiration as one of the premier translators of Japanese literature, he offers the reader his own brilliant picture of a whole society suddenly emerging into the modern world. By turns elegiac and funny, reflective and crisp, Tokyo: From Edo to Showa
is an important cultural history of Asia's greatest city.
Edward Seidensticker (1921—2007) was a distinguished translator and scholar responsible for introducing the works of a number of important modern Japanese novelists to the English-speaking world.