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Tokyo Vernacular: Common Spaces, Local Histories, Found Objects

Jordan Sand


Tokyo Vernacular examines how the megacity Tokyo acquired a historical identity in the late twentieth century. Through political activism in public squares, community movements, local history, urban exploration, found art, and museum exhibits of commonplace objects and scenes, Tokyo Vernacular traces a trajectory of citizen involvement in the reimagining of the capital city from the monumental embodiment of national subjectivity to the site of everyday life. In contrast to the prevalent critical reading of postmodern historicism as a form of commodified nostalgia, the book identifies the uses ... More

Keywords: vernacular architecture, urban space, memory, preservation, postmodernism, nostalgia, everyday life, local identity, postwar Japan, Tokyo, Edo, Shitamachi, right to the city, economic bubble, uses of the past, property, commons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520275669
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520275669.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jordan Sand, author

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