Arriving in Tokyo, the visitor is immediately struck by the sprawling metropolis in all its contemporary glory. But lost in the crowded cityscape are the traditional quarters of olden times. Fortunately, Tokyo: Exploring the City of the Shogun provides the key to uncovering these charming districts that fascinate Japanese and visitors alike. This full-color book serves as a gorgeous photographic journey of Tokyo, and as a unique walking guide to the classic areas of the city, among them the haunts of the shoguns and their samurai.
Author Sumiko Enbutsu, a passionate walker, was born and raised in a cozy "old town" neighborhood of Tokyo. The city is in her blood. With enthusiasm and a selective eye, she fondly relates the history of the shogun's Tokyo - then called Edo - as she takes readers down popular and forgotten byways with the help of expert lensman and long-time Tokyo resident Katsuhito Nakazato. Through her eyes you'll see the city as it once was. You will be able to re-imagine the overlooked back streets of Yanaka, the sumo quarters of Ryogoku, the centuries-old temple town and entertainment district of Asakusa, the world-famous Tsukiji fish markets, and much more.
Beyond the traditional sights, Enbutsu selects traditional craft shops and restaurants to complement each walk - making Tokyo: Exploring the City of the Shogun the perfect visual introduction to the Japanese capital, as well as the ideal companion whether you seek temples, textiles, or tempura.
Written by Sumiko Enbutsu and Photographs by Katsuhito Nakazato.