Edo-Tokyo : Transition

When Edo changed to Tokyo, the land use around Edo Castle (Imperial Palace) changed completely.

In the Edo period, the Otemon area was lined with the residences of the Matsudaira clan of the Tokugawa family and the Sakai clan.

In the 20 years since the Meiji Restoration, it has transformed into a government office district at once.

During the Edo period, the infantry camp in front of the Otemon gate was transformed into the Tokyo Chindai.

Chindai was a “military base” organized with the new government.

It is surprising that such a drastic change in land use was carried out in such a short period of time, and without disturbances such as major battles in Tokyo.

The great revolution of the Meiji Restoration progressed without much bloodshed, unlike revolutions in other countries.

A sense of relative composure can be seen in this rapid change in land use.

In the Meiji period, most of the area around Edo Castle (Imperial Palace) became residential land.

As times change, wars and chaos occur. However, during the Meiji Restoration, rebellions broke out in rural areas.

Fortunately, Edo and Tokyo escaped the great devastation caused by war such as civil war.


Photo : “Old Photos, From Edo to Tokyo, Takeshi Ozawa and Risei Suzuki, Sekai-Bunka Company”

Edo Tokyo Land


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