Visualising the Birth of Modern Tokyo
Course by: MIT
In this course from MIT’s Visualizing Cultures project with the Smithsonian Institution, you can explore the history of modern Tokyo from the Meiji Restoration to the mid-1900s through artworks from the period. Rather than a traditional course of long lectures and text-heavy PowerPoint slides, this unit feels more like a visual narrative as you are virtually guided through the Smithsonian and introduced to key works like Kobayashi Kiyochika’s series ‘Famous Places of Tokyo’ (1876-1881). Topics covered include the emperors of modern Japan, how Tokyo was rebuilt after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 and the city’s nightlife and café culture during the 1930s. There are five modules in total and each week of the course takes three to five hours to complete.