Edo

Two geishas relax after entertaining a client. Inset is the curfew bell at Asakusa, the major entertainment centre of old Tokyo. Woodblock print by Toyohara Chikanobu

Passing bells for old Tokyo

25 May 2019 9:00 am

In Edo (now Tokyo), before the Meiji restoration, bells marked the beginning of each hour. The hours were named after…

Leslie Downer’s romantic novel of 19th-century Japan is a brilliant blend of fact and fiction

10 December 2016 9:00 am

All readers know that good novels draw us into other worlds. I cannot think of another, however, which so alarmed…