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PBS: Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire – The Return of the Barbarians

A colored Photochrom print version of a panorama of Edo (now Tokyo) showing daimyo residences, Japan. Original Beato's title: Panorama of Yedo from Atagoyama. Following the end of the Shogunate in 1867, the daimyo residences in Edo (now Tokyo) were razed so that government, commercial and industrial buildings could be built in their place (Modot, p. 528).

Edo, 1865 or 1866. A colored Photochrom print version of a panorama of Edo (now Tokyo). Article featured image: Landing of Commodore Perry, officers & men of the squadron, to meet the Imperial commissioners at Yokohama July 14, 1853. Lithograph by Sarony & Co., 1855, after W. Heine

Memoirs of a Secret Empire: Episode 3 of 3. The Return of the Barbarians

Isolated from the West, 18th century Edo flourishes culturally and economically, becoming one of the liveliest cities in the world. But foreign forces are coming.

Empires is a series of epic historical films which present the people and passions that have changed the world. Developed jointly by PBS and Devillier Donegan Enterprises (DDE), a Washington, DC based global television program development and distribution company.

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