Panorama of Edo (later Tokyo)

Sometimes I see certain features on Wikipedia and I realize just how sure I am of the educational power of the internet, like this magnificent panorama of Edo (later Tokyo) from 1868 in the closing days of the Tokugawa shogunate:

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A c. 1866 panorama of Edo consisting of five albumen silver prints joined together. Edo is the former name of the Japanese capital Tokyo, and was the seat of power for the Tokugawa shogunate which ruled Japan from 1603 to 1868. Pictured here are daimyo houses used by feudal lords for the purposes of sankin kōtai. Following the end of the shogunate, they were razed so that government, commercial and industrial buildings could be built in their place.

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