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Title: 川の手, 山の手, 海の手 : 日本の近代化を東京に読む
Other Titles: 'Kawa-no-te', 'Yama-no-te', and 'Uwi-no-te' : Traces of Japan's Modernization Found in Tokyo
Authors: 服部, 銈二郎
HATTORI, Keijiro
Issue Date: 20-Mar-1985
Publisher: 立正大学文学部
Abstract: The rapid modernization of Japan during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and Showa Periods has made the modern Japan one of the top-level countries in material terms at least. The traditional culture of Japan of the Edo Period was transformed through the Western civilization introduced with the Meiji Restoration. The life style of the Japanese as well as Japan's politics, economy and culture was rapidly westernized. Both the government and the common people of Japan considered that their urgent objective was to imitate and overtake the civilizations of the advanced Western countries. Fortunately our country is said to have become one of the world's great economic powers in recent years. The Japanese people, having reached the high level of the material prosperity of the Western people, are now beginning to make new advances in such fields as fashion, the arts and high technology. To understand the movement of modernization of Japan in some special areas of Tokyo is the object of this article. First, the downtown area (shita-machi) which has developed as an industrial region of Tokyo out of the Edo culture and the water-transport trade of the Sumida River, the writer calls as 'Kawa-no-te'. Second, the residential region of the salaried men which was developed after the industrial revolution, he calls as 'Yama-no-te'. The writer explains the process by which these two regions were established. Third, the writer points of Harajuku, Aoyama and Roppongi, which have very recently and suddenly become so fashionable as to attract the modern Tokyoite, and he calls this region 'Umi-no-te'. In conclusion, the writer tries to explain how the current modernization of our country can be detected in these separate areas of Tokyo.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11266/2398
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