This website is divided into separate chapters, each corresponding to a different location (town) in Edo. By clicking the links and graphics that you will find on each web page, you can navigate through each town, seeing the sights and learning about the buildings, inhabitants and the culture of Edo-era Japan. The tour is arranged to take you through the town in a logical order. You can either follow the tour through Edo by going from town to town, or you can select the town that interests you the most, and go there directly.

On each page, you will find a toolbar, that looks a bit like this:

Sometimes the toolbar will be at the top of the page, other times it will be at the side. However, the icons will always be the same. This toolbar is the main control panel that lets you move from town to town in Edo. It also allows you to move back to the starting point if you get lost or come to a dead end.

The two most important icons on the toolbar are the "Next" icon and the "Back" icon. The "Next" icon looks like this:
. When you click on the "Next" icon, you will be taken to the next town on the tour. The page will open, and there will be several frames. One frame is the toolbar, another frame shows you a picture of the town you are visiting, and another frame tells a story about the town you are visiting. The "Back" icon looks like this:
. It works exactly like the "Next" icon, except instead of moving forward to the next town along the tour, you move backward to the previous town.

When you arrive in a new town, the first thing to do is have a look around. Some of the pictures (but not ALL of them) have hidden messages or other surprises. Move your mouse over the picture, and move it slowly back and forth to see if there are any hidden messages. If the cursor changes from a "pointer" to a "finger", stop moving the mouse and wait to see what happens (it may take a few seconds for the message to load). Sometimes, a small box will appear, and tell you some more information about the town, or about the picture you are viewing. Other times, part of the picture will start to move in an animation sequence. For example, if you move your mouse so that the cursor is pointing at my head, a hidden message should appear. Go ahead, move the mouse right now, to see how it works !

Hint: Some parts of the pictures are also clickable. For example, you may be able to hear some sound effects or music. Also, most of the animation sequences lead to another page that will give you more information on a related topic.

The message windows are designed to open and close automatically. When you move the mouse away , the window should close automatically. If you find a moving graphic, it means that there is more information available, which isnt connected to the main story. If you click on the moving graphic, the main story disappears, and is replaced by new information.

Now you can start reading the story. As you read through the story, you will come to links in the text (the letters will be in red). When you click on the red text, a new picture will appear in the picture window. Once again, there may be messages hidden inside the picture, so spend a few moments "searching" the new picture for information. As new graphics and new information appear in various windows you might "get lost", or find that you have reached a "dead end". To get back to the original story, click on the "Restore" icons. The "Restore text" icon looks like this:
If you click the icon, it will take you back to the original text describing the town. If you click on the "Restore Picture" icon
, it will restore the original picture (the one that appeared when you first entered the town).

(Also, you can always get back to the first starting page by clicking "Return to starting point" on the bottom of the Edo map page.)

Moving graphics are almost always linked to something. When you click on these moving graphics, the additional information will appear in the text window. After you have read the new information, click the "Restore text" icon to return to the original story.

The last two icons in the toolbar are the "Home" icon and the "Help" icon. If you click the "Help" icon, these instructions (the ones you are reading now) will immediately appear. The "Home" icon looks like this:
. If you click on the "Home" icon, you will immediately be taken to a special room in Edo Castle. Inside Edo Castle, you can find an art gallery with ukiyoe pictures, links to other web sites on Japanese history, and also a map room that can instantly transport you anywhere in Edo.

Please note that this web page is designed to work with Internet Exlporer 6.0 and higher. If you use any other type of browser, you may be unable to fully enjoy all the features of this site. Please contact us if you happen to experience any errors.

In order to provide a large enough space for the ukiyoe images, I designed the pages to maintain a certain fixed size. If your monitor is set to 800 x 600, the information should just barely fit. However, any setting less than 800x 600 will cut off parts of the pictures or make the text box too small to read. I recommend that you set your screen to the 764 x 1142 setting for best results. However, if you have a fairly small monitor, the 800 x 600 setting should be good enough to fully enjoy the site.

Now, you can click on the "Restore text" icon to return to the starting page, or else click on the icon below to begin the tour.

Enjoy your trip through Edo!

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