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Beauty and Chaos: Essays on Tokyo

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by Michael Pronko
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Beauty and Chaos: Essays on Tokyo by Michael Pronko

Whether contemplating Tokyo's odd-shaped bonsai houses, endless walls of bottles, pachinko parlors, chopstick ballet or the perilous habit of running for trains, the essays in Beauty and Chaos explore Tokyo from the inside to reveal its deeper meanings and show why Tokyo is the most amazing, confusing city in the world. Starting with observations and ending with insights, these essays dig into the ever-present but overlooked slices and morsels of daily life in the world's biggest city. In turns comic, philosophic, descriptive and exasperated, the essays in this collection won acclaim in Japan from Tokyo readers. Beneath Tokyo's perplexing exterior, there's meaning to the frantic swirl. By untangling the contradictions of the city and opening inner connections, Tokyo emerges a fascinating place of chaotic commotion, but serene, human-scale beauty, too. If you're traveling to Tokyo, these essays open up the sense and significance of life in this fast-paced, high-rise megalopolis. If you've ever considered going to Tokyo, these essays will give you more reasons to go, and ways to consider the city when you're there. Originally published in Japanese, these concise, pointed essays are available in English for the first time. Part travelogue, part comparative culture, and all creative essay, Beauty and Chaos taps the mystery of Tokyo and lets the meanings flow. "Japanese who are used to Tokyo are caught off guard by his conclusions derived from careful observation, and are struck dumb...

Tokyo, the city we are so careless of, suddenly starts to become glorious. It is a wonder!" Chunichi Shimbun (Newspaper) (translated from review of Japanese version) "Giving up the bias and seeing the city with completely different standards, you will see the unexpected, attractive face of Tokyo. This book is a guide for rediscovering Tokyo that lets us see the city with unique new features." Nikkan Gendai (Newspaper) (translated from review of Japanese version) Japanese version available from KADOKAWA Publishers as: ????????

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Ebook Details
Pages: 160
Size: 1.8 MB
Publisher: Raked Gravel Press
Date published:   2014
ISBN: 9781942410034 (EPUB)

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