Roots of Tokyo

Synopsis
How samurai laid the foundations of a megalopolis

Until 1868, Tokyo was called Edo. By the 1700s, it had the highest population of any city in the world, surpassing both London and Paris. But how did the largest metropolis on the planet evolve? Clues are coming to light in Tokyo and around the world. Featuring newly discovered evidence and the latest in CGI simulation, experience the engineering sophistication and unique community of Tokyo 150 years ago.

Edo, City of Water
Edo's rapid expansion came thanks to its original design of having water-filled moats spiral out of the castle at the city's center. This episode looks at the ingenuity of Edo's urban planning and the samurais who risked their lives to build it.

Edo, City of Fire
Every three years, large-scale fires ravaged Edo. The city thus had strategic vacant lots, a fire squad, and an inventory of food and building materials to quickly rebuild. Fire also formed the Edo people's lively disposition and outlook on life.

Episode list

Edo, City of Water
Edo, City of Fire