Understanding Tokyo with Professor Jordan Sand

Presented by JICC, Embassy of Japan

The Japan Information & Culture Center is proud to welcome Professor Jordan Sand for a lecture on the history of Tokyo.

Today, we think of Tokyo as a hyper-modern global metropolis. But under the hi-tech façade are layers of the past extending back over four hundred years. This lecture will explore the history of Japan’s capital from when it was just an agglomeration of farm villages and neighborhoods. Known as the former castle-town of Edo, the seat of the Tokugawa shogunate, and the site of repeated disasters and reconstruction, join us at the JICC as we delve into Tokyo’s long history.


Dr. Jordan Sand is Professor of Japanese History and Culture at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He holds a master's degree in architecture history from the University of Tokyo and a doctorate in history from Columbia University. His research focuses on urbanism, material culture, and the history of everyday life. He is the author of House and Home in Modern Japan (Harvard University Press, 2004), Tokyo Vernacular: Common Spaces, Local Histories, Found Objects (University of California Press, 2013) and 帝国日本の生活空間 (Living Spaces of Imperial Japan; Iwanami shoten, 2015). He has also published on urban fire and disaster resilience, historical memory, museums and cultural heritage policy, and the history of food. He has served as visiting professor at Sophia University, Waseda University, the University of Tokyo, Michigan University, and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. He is presently writing a history of the Ise shrines.

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