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Tokyo's Mystery Deepens

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by Michael Pronko
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Tokyo's Mystery Deepens by Michael Pronko

What happens when large bugs get trapped on crowded Tokyo trains? How does allergy season affect Tokyo's millions? Ever wonder why Japanese love to take photos together or how everyone feels during rainy season? How is Tokyo made so compact and made as much from imagination as from concrete and steel? Longtime resident, writer and professor Michael Pronko shows just why Tokyo life is equal parts trial and joy. This collection offers up essential skills for living in the vastest, most crowded city in the world-sweating politely, suffering noise and glancing in mirrors--and muses over the minutest of daily details-window flowers, eye contact and small gestures of thanks. If you're traveling to Tokyo, these essays point you toward the undercurrents of life and if you've ever considered visiting Tokyo, these essays will give you more reasons to go. Tokyo's Mystery Deepens brings together essays from Pronko's monthly column in Newsweek Japan, which has remained highly popular with Japanese readers for the last ten years. Originally published in Japanese, these concise, pointed essays are available in English for the first time. As with the first collection, Beauty and Chaos, Pronko examines Tokyo as a city, a culture and an overpowering experience. Tokyo's Mystery Deepens taps into the enigmatic sides of Tokyo with humor, delicacy and a large dose of healthy confusion. Praise for Beauty and Chaos: "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 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 (translated from Japanese version) Japanese version available from KADOKAWA Publishers as: ?????????

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Ebook Details
Pages: 250
Size: 409 KB
Publisher: Raked Gravel Press
Date published:   2015
ISBN: 9781942410065 (EPUB)

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