Roots of Tokyo: Series 1
More than 150 years ago, Tokyo was called Edo. It had the highest population of any city in the world, surpassing both London and Paris. But how did the world’s largest city come to emerge in a remote corner of Asia? Clues are coming to light not only in Tokyo but also around the world.
Part 1: Edo: City of Water
It seems an odd thing to crow about given the cultural wealth of Edo, at the time the largest city in the world, but this pride in the city’s water system wasn’t misplaced. Cool, pure water carried by pipes to the city’s remotest corners was indeed a byword for the quality of life in Edo as well as being the lifeblood of the city’s prosperity.
Part 2: Edo: City of Fire
More than 150 years ago, Edo, the forerunner of Tokyo, had the highest population of any city in the world. But it was ravaged by large-scale fires more frequently than any other major urban center. Yet after each conflagration, Edo rose from the ashes like a phoenix. We’ll take a look at how the city managed to overcome such huge disasters and continue to grow.