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Parkscapes: Green Spaces in Modern Japan

Thomas R. H. Havens


Japan today protects one-seventh of its land surface in parks, which are visited by well over a billion people each year. This book analyzes the origins, development, and distinctive features of these public spaces. Green zones were created by the government beginning in the late nineteenth century for state purposes but eventually evolved into sites of negotiation between bureaucrats and ordinary citizens who use them for demonstrations, riots, and shelters, as well as recreation. This book shows how revolutionary officials in the 1870s seized private properties and converted them into public ... More

Keywords: green zones, Japan, public parks, public space, Tokyo, Yokohama, urban parklands

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780824834777
Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824834777.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Thomas R. H. Havens, author
Northeastern University