The Metropolises and the Prosperities within — Tokyo and Beijing in the 18th Century
August 14, 2018- October 7, 2018 Time: 9:00—17:00 (closed on Mondays) Venue: Room A, B1
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Prelude


Facing each other across a narrow strip of water, China and Japan are neighboring countries with a history of relations for centuries. Tokyo, the capital city of Japan, was previously named Edo when Shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu made it the headquarter of his regime at the beginning of the 17th century. Although the meaning of Edo is literally estuary, Edo was a small coastal town on the Kanto plain with a number of rivers flowing into the sea. It rapidly developed into the absolute center of Japan under the rule of the shogunate. With the arrival of Emperor Meiji, Edo became an imperial capital and its name changed to Tokyo after the Meiji Reformation. Tokyo has been since then turned into a symbol of political and imperial power. Beijing, once the imperial capital of the Yuan, Ming and Qing empires, is now the capital of the People's Republic of China.


In the 18th century, as the two largest cities in the world, Tokyo and Beijing both celebrating great prosperity. Beijing was booming with the economic success under the reigns of Emperor Kangxi and Emperor Qianlong; whilst people in Tokyo were also living affluently in peace under the rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Although urban planning, life styles and artistic cultures between Tokyo and Beijing were very different, the two cities shared common traits of stability and sustainability during this period of time.


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Tokyo 16
Tokyo 26
Tokyo 3
Tokyo 4
Tokyo 10
Tokyo 29
Tokyo 15
Tokyo 8
Tokyo 40
Tokyo 47
Tokyo 41
Tokyo 24
Tokyo 23
Tokyo 14
Tokyo 39
Tokyo 11
Tokyo 12
Tokyo 7
Tokyo 32
Tokyo 30
Tokyo 9
Tokyo 5
Tokyo 17
Tokyo 6
Tokyo 13
Tokyo 34
Tokyo 25
Tokyo 38
Tokyo 37
Tokyo 36
Tokyo 28
Tokyo 31
Tokyo 27
Tokyo 20
Tokyo 35
Tokyo 18
Tokyo 42
Tokyo 19
Tokyo 44
Tokyo 43
Tokyo 45
Tokyo 46
Tokyo 21
Tokyo 22
Tokyo 1
Tokyo 2
Tokyo 33
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