2016 / Japan Foundation Lecture Series: Edo’s City Planning, Dec. 2

Nihonbashi by Hokusai

Nihonbashi scene by Hokusai

Japan Foundation Lecture Series

Friday, Dec. 2, 7 pm

Magic and Power in Edo’s City Planning by Professor Timon Screech

Edo (modern Tokyo) was built to be the Tokugawa seat in 1590, in 1603 it became headquarters of their shogunate. It was carefully planned to meet ancestral expectations of how an impressive East Asian metropolis should look, entailing a certain alignment of streets, with temples positioned in designated locations, according to magical criteria.

Edo was the first city of Japanese history to have a central iconic core. This lecture will introduce the various requirements and expectations that went into the layout of Ed.

Timon Screech is Professor of the History of Art at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He is the author of some dozen books on visual culture of the Edo period.

This event is co-organized by the Tadashi Yanai Initiative for Globalizing Japanese Humanities.

The Japan Foundation Los Angeles Lecture Series will be held at its location, 5700 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 100, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Admission is free. Reservation required.

For reservation and more information about the lectures, please visit www.jflalc.org