This concluding chapter asserts that the Tokugawa state mobilized its elite in an unprecedented fashion, calling on the daimyo to attend the shogun in his capital of Edo every other year, a practice that continued for more than two centuries. In addition, the impact of alternate attendance was widespread. It created economies of service that affected the nature of domainal governance, the lifestyle of daimyo retainer bands, their support staffs, and more broadly the vast numbers of people who tilled the soil and whose labor supported the samurai. The requirements of service also transformed the shape of the former regional castle town of Edo and remade it into a national capital, the vestiges of which can still be seen across Tokyo to date, primarily in its parks and public gardens.
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