City Plate - Tokyo

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Part of our fourth series of City Plates.  The theme of this fourth collection is "Empire Building."  This series examines the global impact of empires on settlement patterns, national borders, cultural identity, and modern city form.

Tokyo began as a settlement named Edo (noted in white), which by the mid-1600s was the center of a shogun powerbase that had a nationwide military presence.  In 1869, Emperor Meiji renamed the city and claimed it as the seat of the Japanese Empire.  Twice left in ruins, after the Great Kanto earthquake in 1923 and extensive firebombing in WWII, the city rebuilt itself.  This era of rebirth peaked in the 1980s during its real estate and technology boom.  Tokyo has continued to build upon itself: expanding on top of ruins in an effort to accomodate its extreme population density.

• 12" diameter
• Porcelain
• Dishwasher- and microwave-safe
• Key buildings are represented with persimmon icons, while rivers and public spaces are shown in blue and green, respectively
• Use as a dinner plate, serving plate, or decorative piece
• Designed in Los Angeles; made in Poland

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