Memory Landscape of City: Three times occupation of Tokyo

  • 2023-05-11
  • Cindy

05/29 Memory Landscape of City: Three times occupation of Tokyo 


Speaker: YOSHIMI Shunya
Professor of the Department of Tourism and Community Development, Kokugakuin University
Former vice-President and retired professor of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies, the University of Tokyo

Tokyo is a three-time occupied city. The first occupation was in 1590 by the Tokugawa. The second occupation was in 1868 by the combined forces of Satsuma and Choshu. The third occupation was in 1945 by US forces. With each occupation, Japan has transformed from the age of war to the age of construction. After the initial occupation by the Tokugawa, Edo(Tokyo) became a city of waterways and temples with a population of one million. Following the occupation by Satsuma and Choshu, Tokyo became the city of emperor’s army and the center of the railway network that stretched throughout Japan. After the occupation by the U.S. military, the Tokyo Olympics were held using the U.S. military facilities returned to Japan. But what happened to the memory landscape of those who
were defeated in each of these occupations and erased from the city's surface? If you walk slowly and carefully in today's Tokyo, you will find that in the landscapes painted over by the victors, the landscapes of the memories of the losers still remain, revealing the cross-sections of history.


  • Time: 13:00-16:00, May 29th, 2023 (Taipei, UTC+8)
  • Location: NCCU Dah Hsian Library 8F Dah Hsian Lecture Hall
  • Joyce C. H. LIU, Director and Professor of International Program in Inter-Asia Cultural Studies, UST
  • Moderator: Shichi Mike Lan, Associate Professor of History Department, NCCU
  • Discussant: Min-Shu Liao, Associate Professor of History Department, NCCU

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