This study sheds light on a truly prosperous city that coexists with a 21st-century environment, which differs from the urban paradigm of current Western development. I’ve been conducting research in Tokyo, a somewhat complex and difficult-to-read megacity, for over 40 years from a number of angles. In this document, I look into the characteristics of Tokyo’s urban landscape and give an outline of my study goals, methodology, and findings at each stage. My studies in Tokyo were built on the foundation of architectural typology methodologies that I was introduced to in Italy. This system, however, has limitations while studying Tokyo, a Japanese city constructed in harmony with nature, because it was established for Italian cities built artificially around architecture. As a result, I adopted the notion of “spatial anthropology” in my research, which allows me to discover the traits of Japanese cities that distinguish them from western cities. Furthermore, a fresh viewpoint on Tokyo as a “water city” was provided by the notion of eco-history, which strives to enable new findings on cities and territories by merging history and ecology. We now want to expand our research to look into the concept of a 21st-century metropolis that is environmentally friendly, sustainable, and truly affluent, as opposed to the traditional paradigm of modern, Western-style urban growth.

Author(s) Details:

Hidenobu Jinnai,
Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan.

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