From Edo to Post-metropolis: The Floating Space of Sakariba (盛り場)

Federico Farnè


This paper will highlight suggestions and problems associated with representing Tokyo as the archetypical Far-East Asian post-metropolis, starting with the fascination of sci-fi and cyberpunk imagery. The two ideas operate differently within both European and Japanese urban space. This will be emphasized by the work of Deleuze and Guattarì, through their conceptions of tree and rhizome. The research will not limit itself to demonstrating the rhizomatic and fluid nature of Tokyo's urban space, which makes it a fully-fledged post-metropolis. It will also identify some of the rhizome's main nodes or junctions, thus highlighting its conformation in terms of efficient strength.


Article received: April 30, 2020; Article accepted: June 23, 2020; Published online: September 15, 2020; Review article

How to cite this article: Farnè, Federico. "From Edo to Post-metropolis: The Floating Space of Sakariba (盛り場)." AM Journal of Art and Media Studies 22 (2020): 55-62. doi: 10.25038/am.v0i22.387


post-metropolis; Tokyo; rhizome; space; sakariba; architecture.

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