History - In 1603 Edo was under control of
a very powerful man, Leyasu. He wanted to make it
the most powerful city in the country. On this he
held very strong beliefs.
By the 17th century it was not only the largest city
in Japan it was also the largest in the world. Since
he was very strict and rigid in his rules he actually
ended up isolating the city from the rest of the world.
In 1657, the "meireki" fire destroyed a lot of the area.
In 1853, US Commodore Matthew Perry demanded Japan open its doors to foreign trade.
In 1867, the head of government, (Edo Shogun) resigned
and power was handed to Emperor Meiji.
He renamed the city Tokyo. He died in 1912, but he
had already begun a huge transformation of the city
before he passed away.
September 1st 1923 a huge earthquake caused a catastrophe and many lives and land were lost. It was so devastating to the area that many thought nothing could be done. The fires after the earthquake destroyed even more of the land. But alas, the area quickly began to rebuild.
In September 1945 the American occupation began.
In the 1960's the Olympics were
the inspiration for even more rebuilding and prosperity.
Now there are skyscrapers and wonderful places of
interest. The city has a huge tourist industry and
it does fantastic and many businesses do well in the
area. The Tokyo of today is modern yet attached to
its past and you will love seeing all the wonderful
new and old in the same city. It is why many visit
again and again. It is why so many people call this
city their home. It respects its roots and yet looks
toward the future and everyone who goes there can