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Visualizing Postwar Tokyo, Part 2

Identify the geopolitics historically involved in the practice of “visualizing postwar Tokyo.”

Topics: General History
Cost: Free


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About this Course The history of postwar Tokyo reveals an essential feature of the modern city, i.e., the city as a place of visualities. In postwar Tokyo, countless gazes fell upon others; gazes from and upon Americans and the Emperor, gazes going up skyscrapers or rushing aggressively through the cityscape, and gazes twining and wriggling among classes, genders, and ethnic groups in downtown Tokyo. In Part 2, we will focus on the geopolitics of these gazes in modern Tokyo. What kinds of gazes fell upon the war orphans, the poor, and the marginalized groups in Tokyo? How did students themselves, who represented the vast accumulation of knowledge in Tokyo, perform in front of these gazes? Moreover, how did cinema or television shows, as media for these gazes, implicate the whole city? In answering these questions, we will identify the geopolitics historically involved in the practice of “visualizing postwar Tokyo.” This course is in the series, Visualizing Japan, and it will be offered immediately after the first course in the series, Visualizing Japan (1850s - 1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity, by MITx and HarvardX.


  • Days of the Week: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
  • Level of Difficulty: Beginner
  • Size: Massive Open Online Course
  • Instructor: Shunya Yoshimi
  • Cost: Free
  • Institution: EdX
  • Topics: General History

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