In The Bells of Old Tokyo, Anna Sherman explores Japan and revels in all its wonderful particularity. As a foreigner living in Tokyo, Sherman´s account takes pleasure and fascination in the history and society of a country that can seem startlingly strange to an outsider. From her search for the old bells of the city - the bells by which its inhabitants kept time during the era when Japan was closed to the West - to her friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, here is Tokyo in its variety: from the love hotels of Shinjuku to the appalling fire-storms of 1945 (in which many more thousands of people died than in Hiroshima or Nagasaki), from the death of Mishima Yukio to the impact of the Tohoku earthquake of 2011. Both a literary history and cultural appreciation, The Bells of Old Tokyo is a beautiful and original book which explores Tokyo and its relationship to time, memory, tradition and history. ´The Bells of Old Tokyo is part personal memoir, part cultural history, but wholly unique. The fragile, fragmentary poetry of its prose so beautifully captures the transience of Tokyo time, the constant cycle of destruction and reconstruction, and the nostalgia for that which has been lost and yet wonder at all that remains to be found.´ David Peace ´Anna Sherman ventures deep into the land and its silences . . . This is the rare book that looks past the zany and clashing surfaces of Japan to excavate its heart, and everything we´ll never be able to explain about the place, even as we bow before it.´ Pico Iyer
Food-focused travel guides for the world´s most exciting cities This book is a food tour in your pocket, featuring more than 100 of the best restaurants, cafes, bars and markets recommended by a team of in-the-know Tokyoites. You´ll also find insights into the city´s idiosyncratic food culture, and a handful of iconic recipes to cook in the holiday kitchen or once you´ve returned home. It´s the inside knowledge that allows you to Drink, Shop, Cook and Eat Like a Local.
Tokyo is a city that enshrines the past and the future, where the Far East meets the Western world. Time and again throughout its history, the city has been afflicted by natural disasters. Yet, despite total destruction, it has risen up again and again like a bamboo shoot in the wind. Thanks to the latest construction methods, today´s new buildings withstand even the strongest earthquakes and typhoons. But even without the influence of natural forces, the city constantly changes and renews itself. With this exceptional travel guide by Christine Izeki and Björn Neumann, you can easily explore Tokyo Metropolis from unusual vantage points, far away from the crowded tourist tracks. The authors take you to unknown nooks and green oases in the middle of the concrete desert. They reveal where Japanese teens meet up and where the hippest cafes can be found. This guidebook is for anyone who wants to explore Tokyo from a different perspective while enjoying unique discoveries and the authentic culture of this international city.
Winner: The Kitschies - Red Tentacle novel award 2013 ´´Hi! My name is Nao, and I am a time being. Do you know what a time being is? Well, if you give me a moment, I will tell you.´´ Ruth discovers a Hello Kitty lunchbox washed up on the shore of her beach home. Within it lies a diary that expresses the hopes and dreams of a young girl. She suspects it might have arrived on a drift of debris from the 2011 tsunami. With every turn of the page, she is sucked deeper into an enchanting mystery. In a small cafe in Tokyo, 16-year-old Nao Yasutani is navigating the challenges thrown up by modern life. In the face of cyber-bullying, the mysteries of a 104-year-old Buddhist nun and great-grandmother, and the joy and heartbreak of family, Nao is trying to find her own place - and voice - through a diary she hopes will find a reader and friend who finally understands her. Weaving across continents and decades, and exploring the relationship between reader and writer, fact and fiction, A Tale for the Time Being is an extraordinary novel about our shared humanity and the search for home. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ruth Ozeki. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/cnon/000115/bk_cnon_000115_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
What characteristics and values define a country? Which countries are particularly successful in terms of education, economics, or culture? In this book, Monocle provides a global perspective on the distinct qualities of nations. Monocle´s books with Gestalten have shown you how to build a better life, business, and home. But now Monocle raises the bar: how do you run a great country? They are not talking about might, muscle, or nationalism-although you need a bit of a swagger every now and then. They are talking about a country that feels like a cohesive community, knows what to value, and goes out into the world to gently get its way with soft power, fine ambassadors, and compelling cultural offerings. At home, this country celebrates good education, well-made institutions, and its own people and their skills. How to Make a Nation: A Monocle Guide is a thought-provoking primer that informs and inspires. The best ideas don´t need to be invented-they need to be found and copied. Let Monocle be your guide. Based in London and acclaimed the world over, MONOCLE has delivered a unique briefing on global affairs, business, culture, and design since it was founded by Tyler Brûlé in 2007. Alongside the magazine, Monocle has created a 24-hour radio station, a film-rich website, retail ventures around the globe, and cafes in Tokyo and London.
Super Cheap Japan is the ultimate budget travel guide to Japan, full of the most useful, up-to-date information for a cheap holiday in Japan. With extensive tax-free shopping, crazily discounted train passes and an unbelievable exchange rate, there has never been a better time to visit. Unlike other guides, this book shows you exactly how, where and when you can save money. Go shopping for $4 clothes in Tokyo, enjoy inexpensive hikes in Nikko, or visit Kyoto´s beautiful shrines and gardens on the cheap; all with this super helpful guide. Inside the Super Cheap Japan guide book: Budget food - eat for only a few dollars with comprehensive listings of low-cost restaurants, takeouts, supermarkets and more Budget shopping - 100 yen ($1) shops, free sample hotspots, tax-free shopping, discount passes and coupons Color maps for budget travelers, making it super easy to get around Highlights and itineraries based on discount train or bus passes, so you can keep your wallet happy while still having an amazing holiday Train and bus passes - local, regional and national passes, and info on how to use them for additional savings at tourist hotspots Hidden treasures - walking and cycling routes to cut down on train fares, cheap side trips and free alternatives to crowded, overpriced spots Essential help for budget travelers - expert travel tips, free tours, simple to understand directions, translations for places that don´t have English support Cheap accommodation - the best and cheapest capsule hotels, net cafes, overnight spas, hostels, campsites and more Guides to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nara, Hiroshima, Mt Fuji, Miyajima, Himeji Castle, Kobe, Yokohama, Kamakura, Nikko, Hakone, Kansai, Kanto, as well as great off-the-beaten-track places nearby This book is perfect for backpackers, budget travelers, families on a tight budget, students and those who are new to Japan. Get the most out of this amazing country, without burning a hole in your wallet! Reviews ´´In Super Cheap Japan the author fulfils his mission to keep Japan both affordable and authentically enjoyable for tourists. There is a good balance between an overview of the usual tourist spots and quirkier recommendations that allows travellers to maximise their enjoyment of a singular country while minimising their budget.´´ - Japan Visitor ´´Lots of great tips and tricks for saving money on your Japan visit! The book covers many areas in great detail, and it is certainly a very useful book for anybody planning a trip to Japan´´ - Abby Denson, author of the bestselling Cool Japan Guide ´´Want to travel to Japan but on a budget? Then check out Super Cheap Japan for great money saving ideas´´ - Doki Doki ´´A must have book if you are traveling to Japan, it has all the essential information that you might need´´ - Hector Garciao, author of the bestselling A Geek in Japan
What power awaits those who collect the three Runestones of Tritinakh? With Kodai and the Shinigami tracking their every move, the best guild this side of Porthos takes the ultimate quest, pitting them against shamans, ice goddesses, stinky giants, and dangerous bugbears. In real world Tokyo, FeeTwix and Sophia arrive to join Ryuk in uncovering the truth of his hallucinations. What they discover is something is a game changer, to say the least. Even with the discovery, and the possibility of obtaining the Runestones, the Mitherfickers will still need help in defeating the Shinigami. It´s time to call in some old friends, and bring a legendary gamer out of retirement. The Soundbooth Theater team for this production: Jeff Hays - Narration Annie Ellicott - Gadsaa Shane, Sugar Spur, Skadi, Cafe Maid Griffin Malnar - Proofing and Editing Justin Thomas James - Production, Editing, Mastering, Sound Design 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/114344/bk_acx0_114344_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.