The Edo-Tokyo Encyclopaedia

When I bought this wonderful reference book of Edo-Tokyo history and culture (Sanseido, 1987) at the Kinokuniya Bookstore in Higashi-Shinjuku (Shinjuku Station, East), Tokyo, in 1988, I was writing my novel, Ryoma: Life of a Renaissance Samurai. At over 1,220 pages, it’s been a great reference for around three decades.