The new volume by Takahashi Yō'ichi is entitled "Bringing Back the Steamy Mists: Recovery from Famines in the Edo Period."
In the Edo Period, the greatest cause of mass deaths was neither earthquakes nor tsunami, but famine. In the Tenmei Famine in Sendai （1782 to 1788) some 200,000 people are estimated to have died. People faced with the sudden depopulation of the towns and villages had to set about rebuilding their communities by themselves. One way they did this, where possible, was to use local hot springs as a way to revitalise their community.