Jan. 15, 2023

16: Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

16: Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami

Tokyo is the largest city and capital of Japan. The area has been inhabited since ancient times. From the small fishing village of Edo to the capital of the Tokugawa shogunate in 1603, by the 19th century, Edo was the largest city in the world with a population exceeding one million.

Under the Meiji Restoration, in 1868, Tokyo was given the name it has today and became the imperial capital of Japan.

Although not the subject of today’s podcast, Tokyo has gone through plenty of disasters, both natural and manmade. In 1923, a massive earthquake shook the region and destroyed most of the city—killing at least one hundred thousand people. However, within seven years, the city had mostly been rebuilt only to be devastated again by the US bombings in World War II.

Japan is a country of resilience, as is its capital.

Even so, the tragedies to come is what no one was prepared for.

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