Author: Donald Richie
Editor: Reaktion Books
ISBN: 9781861890344
Size: 17,55 MB
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Donald Richie takes the reader on a revealing tour of the different districts of Japan's capital city. Starting from the original centre of Tokyo – the Imperial Palace – Richie branches outwards, taking in other areas such as Yoshiwara, the original red-light district, and Ginza, the world-famous shipping street. The author has kept a diary for the entire time he has lived in Tokyo, and excerpts from it provide on-the-spot insights into the significance of fashions and fads in Japanese culture (for example the recent Tamagochi craze), as well as the various aspects of life in a small neighborhood. Richie gives a real sense of how Japanese society has changed since the Second World War, yet remained rooted in its past. With the eclectic eye and ear of a film-maker, Richie describes the flavor and idiosyncrasies of this chaotic, teeming city. Tokyo is illustrated with 30 intriguing photographs by Seattle-based photographer, Joel Sackett.

The Book Of Tokyo

Author: Hideo Furukawa
Editor: Comma Press
Size: 19,17 MB
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A shape-shifter arrives at Tokyo harbour in human form, set to embark on an unstoppable rampage through the city’s train network… A young woman is accompanied home one night by a reclusive student, and finds herself lured into a flat full of eerie Egyptian artefacts… A man suspects his young wife’s obsession with picnicking every weekend in the city’s parks hides a darker motive… At first, Tokyo appears in these stories as it does to many outsiders: a city of bewildering scale, awe-inspiring modernity, peculiar rules, unknowable secrets and, to some extent, danger. Characters observe their fellow citizens from afar, hesitant to stray from their daily routines to engage with them. But Tokyo being the city it is, random encounters inevitably take place – a naïve book collector, mistaken for a French speaker, is drawn into a world he never knew existed; a woman seeking psychiatric help finds herself in a taxi with an older man wanting to share his own peculiar revelations; a depressed divorcee accepts an unexpected lunch invitation to try Thai food for the very first time… The result in each story is a small but crucial change in perspective, a sampling of the unexpected yet simple pleasure of other people’s company. As one character puts it, ‘The world is full of delicious things, you know.’

Tokyo On Foot

Author: Florent Chavouet
Editor: Tuttle Publishing
ISBN: 1462906400
Size: 18,12 MB
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This prize-winning book is both an illustrated tour of a Tokyo rarely seen in Japan travel guides and an artist's warm, funny, visually rich, and always entertaining graphic memoir. Florent Chavouet, a young graphic artist, spent six months exploring Tokyo while his girlfriend interned at a company there. Each day he would set forth with a pouch full of color pencils and a sketchpad, and visit different neighborhoods. This stunning book records the city that he got to know during his adventures. It isn't the Tokyo of packaged tours and glossy guidebooks, but a grittier, vibrant place, full of ordinary people going about their daily lives and the scenes and activities that unfold on the streets of a bustling metropolis. Here you find business men and women, hipsters, students, grandmothers, shopkeepers, policemen, and other urban types and tribes in all manner of dress and hairstyles. A temple nestles among skyscrapers; the corner grocery anchors a diverse assortment of dwellings, cafes, and shops—often tangled in electric lines. The artist mixes styles and tags his pictures with wry comments and observations. Realistically rendered advertisements or posters of pop stars contrast with cartoon sketches of iconic objects or droll vignettes, like a housewife walking her pet pig, a Godzilla statue in a local park, and an urban fishing pond that charges 400 yen per half hour. This very personal guide to Tokyo is organized by neighborhood with hand-drawn maps that provide an overview of each neighborhood, but what really defines them is what caught the artist's eye and attracted his formidable drawing talent. Florent Chavouet begins his introduction by observing that, "Tokyo is said to be the most beautiful of ugly cities." With wit, a playful sense of humor, and the multicolor pencils of his kit, he sets aside the question of urban ugliness or beauty and captures the Japanese essence of a great city in this truly vital portrait.


Author: Peter Popham
Editor: Kodansha Amer Inc
Size: 14,54 MB
Format: PDF
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Examines the quality of life in Tokyo and discusses the architecture and culture of the city


Author: Robb Satterwhite
Editor: Marshall Cavendish
ISBN: 9789812329196
Size: 12,62 MB
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Author: Barbara E. Thornbury
Editor: Lexington Books
ISBN: 1498523684
Size: 10,69 MB
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This interdisciplinary collection examines Tokyo in the cultural imagination. The contributors analyze how Tokyo has been perceived and experienced through such cultural lenses as novels, poetry, short stories, and films created in Japan since the 1980s.


Author: Livio Sacchi
Editor: Universe Pub
ISBN: 9780789312129
Size: 15,90 MB
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Tokyo is one of the largest and most complex cities in the world and represents an intriguing proving ground for new ideas on architecture and urbanism. Working in Tokyo means working in the future, and often two sets of rules seem to apply to projects in Tokyo-on the one hand the city's growth is as protean as that of LA or Mexico City, yet this growth is channeled by Japan's rigid adherence to norms and rules and Japanese architecture's embrace of the theoretical and new. This book presents Tokyo as seen through its growth and design from the 19th century onward with a special focus on highlighting the deep roots of contemporary trends in Tokyo architecture.

World Film Locations

Author: Chris Magee
Editor: Intellect Books
ISBN: 1841504831
Size: 17,18 MB
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Forty-five scenes from classic and contemporary films shot in Tokyo, accompanied by essays.

Tokyo A Spatial Anthropology

Author: Hidenobu Jinnai
Editor: Univ of California Press
ISBN: 9780520071353
Size: 10,79 MB
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"The sheer physical extent of Tokyo, its mile upon mile of high-density and mostly low-rise development, seemingly without topographic or maritime memory, makes it a difficult city for many Westerners to understand. We suspect that the same may be so for many Japanese. Jinnai Hidenobu shows us how today's Tokyo is rooted in its early development and how today's streets, waterways, land uses, and building types come from a past that remains visible to those who would care to look. One needs to walk or to row with Jinnai to see how yesterday makes today. His is a work of love that ties generations together in their physical environment."--Allan B. Jacobs, author of Great Streets


Author: Roman A. Cybriwsky
Editor: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9780471978695
Size: 12,47 MB
Format: PDF
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Tokyo the shogun's city at the 21st century Forbidden to outsiders for 250 years, destroyed by earthquake in 1923, carpet bombed in 1945, Tokyo is a city which never looks back and absolutely will not be stopped. Not just the capital of a country but increasingly of the world. The future of cities everywhere is already written, in thousands of neon lights, by a city which defies all attempts at control and planning. Tokyo captures the pounding, chattering rhythms of daily life among the towering high rises and clandestine knots of alleys and squares in the world's premier urban laboratory. It guides the reader through the maze of neighboring districts revealing an urban reality seldom seen, the underside of Tokyo - a place of secluded temples, bathhouses, gardens, and slums. The author explores a myriad of urban fragments, from a giant, naked Marilyn Monroe squared off for combat against a hulking Japanese sumo wrestler to the splendour of the Imperial Palace, to reveal the alien nature of the city which remains a wonder of eastern invention and dynamism. Tokyo is written as the city rebuilds. However, this time it is not catastrophe which is the impetus for construction, it is the desire to keep Tokyo at the cutting edge, the fastest and richest city in the world. World Cities series is edited by R. J. Johnston and P. L. Knox Urban Studies / Planning / Social Science