Tokyo Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Uplifting Message

Standing before a life-size model of Nihombashi’s Nakamuraza Theatre on the newly remodeled sixth floor of the Edo-Tokyo Museum, calligrapher Shoko Kanazawa sweeps a large brush over the white canvas on the floor.

This year marks the 150th of the renaming of Edo to Tokyo, and with Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike looking on, Kanazawa, dressed in a black hakama, helped write a message commemorating the anniversary, and celebrating Tokyo’s future.

“Congratulations, Tokyo,” said Kanazawa, standing over the finished piece. “Let’s fly together.”

Shoko Kanazawa prepares to begin calligraphy performance on Aug 7, 2018 at the Edo-Tokyo Museum. Tokyo Celebrates 150 Years

The Edo-Tokyo Museum reopened in March after a six-month renovation project, and its first special exhibition, opened August 7, displays photographs, videos and maps made throughout “new” Tokyo’s history. The exhibition is also a rare opportunity to see city plans and projects that were never implemented.

Edo was the

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