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KyotoAn Urban History of Japan's Premodern Capital$
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Matthew Stavros

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780824838799

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824838799.001.0001

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Making Kyoto Medieval

Making Kyoto Medieval

A Fractured, Privatized, and Pluralistic City

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(p.43) 3 Making Kyoto Medieval
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Kyoto
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Matthew Stavros

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824838799.003.0003

Moving into the medieval era, power shifted from the imperial palace to the homes of court aristocrats, religious institutions, and in time, retired emperors and warriors. Chapter 3 examines the way dense clusters of urban development formed around many of these “nodes” of privatized political and economic influence. The advent of nodal urban development constituted a profound spatial transformation whereby the capital evolved from a state- and emperor-centric city into a composite of urban islands associated more by proximity than a unified urban identity. The structure of the city became a homology of the socio-political conditions of the medieval era: space in medieval Kyoto, like authority, was fractured, privatized, and pluralistic.

Keywords:   Kamigyo, Shimogyo, sato-dairi, Shirakawa, Toba, Hojuji, temple-towns

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