The excellent YouTube channel Crash Course! gives a quick and colourful explanation of Japan’s transformation into a nation state.
Our pick of this weekend’s events include a parade of 47 ronin, two Christmas blockbusters and a gaint weaponised robot covered in twinkly fairy lights.
We love seeing how Tokyo used to look. In this documentary footage aerial shots of the city are interspersed with scenes from the construction of Shinjuku Sumitomo Building, which stood as Tokyo’s tallest building for all of six months. Tokyo Tower casts a colossal figure on the skyline, a distant memory of it’s emasculated current state, buried amongst the surrounding skyscrapers, and people gape in wonder at Ginza subway station’s newly installed air conditioning.