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Charles Whipple
Seeing Japan
Kodansha International: Tokyo 2005.
Hardcover, 96 Seiten.
ISBN: 978-4-7700-2337-7


A gloriously illustrated book about Japan today-its regions, culture, customs, people, and society Seeing Japan showcases the best of the country today with lavish, full-color photographs and lively text. Introduced here is everything from the natural beauty of the landscape to the everpopular traditional arts and customs, as well as the high technology for which Japan is renowned the world over. The islands of Japan form a crescent stretching from a subtropical twenty-four degrees north latitude to a subarctic forty-five degrees, the same range as from the state of Florida on the east coast of North America all the way up to Nova Scotia in Canada. Part I presents the tremendous range of landscapes and customs in the various regions of this extensive area, while Part II looks at the arts and traditions uniques to Japan that have developed over its long history. Part III gives essential background information on the country's history, language, and people. Seeing Japan is a wonderful primer for visitors, a cherished souvenir-and indeed a must for anyone with an interest in this fascinating country.

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Kaori Shoji
Seeing Tokyo
Kodansha International: Tokyo 2005.
Hardcover, 96 Seiten.
ISBN: 978-4-7700-2339-1


Tokyo confounds most people. A thriving metropolis, it is part futuristic, part old-town quaint, yet mesmerizing if you peel away the facade.
Seeing Tokyo does just that. It takes the reader on a visual journey into both well-known and hard-to-find sights; it illuminates traditional Tokyo and modern Tokyo—with exhilarating visuals, a vibrant text by third-generation Tokyoite Kaori Shoji, and a thoughtful foreword by the British Ambassador to Japan, Graham Fry.
District by district, the secrets of the Japanese capital are unlocked. There are the hip boroughs where the young gather, the Imperial palace standing with quiet dignity at the city center, the old-town haunts peppered with bonsai and grandmotherly shopkeepers, and the "electric town" where shop after shop displays and endless array of electronic goods for today and tomorrow.
Six essays cap off this visual feast, exploring Tokyo's unique history (it was home to the last shogunate government), worldclass transportation system (which moves tens of millions of people daily), food and dining scene, inimitable pop culture, and more. All of which make Seeing Tokyo the perfect guide to the city that inspired such popular entertainments as Blade Runner and Lost in Translation - and that has lent so much to the world.

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Juliet Winters Carpenter
Seeing Kyoto
Kodansha International: Tokyo 2006.
Hardcover, 96 Seiten.
ISBN: 978-4-7700-2338-4


Tokyo may be the capital of Japan, but Kyoto is its heart and soul. The rich textures of twelve centuries of culture seem to have woven themselves into the very air. How else could you explain the centuries-old feel of the Gion quarter, where geisha still ply their trade? Or the quiet dignity of the cobblestone back streets lined with traditional wooden houses?
SEEING KYOTO captures all the elegance and charm of Japan's most beloved city with dozens of stunning images. One can imagine the days when aristocrats and samurai inhabited these neighborhoods. With insightful text, long-time Japan resident Juliet Carpenter delves into the cultural history of Kyoto, as well as its treasuresâ€"artistic, culinary, and historical. She also introduces the neighboring city of Nara, often referred to as "little Kyoto." Finally, Carpenter tackles the clash of old and new: how Kyotoites, in their inimitable vigor, are turning the traditions of yesterday into the strengths of today.
With a lyrical foreword by tea master Sen Soshitsu, SEEING KYOTO offers an unparalleled view of one of the world's finest cities. It explores everything from the ancient palaces to sacred temple grounds, classic Japanese gardens to treasured artworksâ€"in short, a deluxe volume not to be missed.

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Susan Pompian
Tokyo for Free
Kodansha International: Tokyo.
Paperback, 480 Seiten, s/w Fotos, Karten.
ISBN: 4-7700-2053-8

Tokyo has long held the dubious honor of being one of the world's most expensive travel destinations, and not without reason. The rising yen and Japan's full-throttle economic boom combined to thrust the price of entertainment and sight-seeing in Japan's capital sky high. But as the "New York of the Orient," Tokyo's sights and sounds are must-dos for any modern-day traveler.
Now comes Tokyo for Free, a thorough survey of over 300 attractions of traditional and modern Japan - 11 absolutely free. Included are visits to the Imperial Palace, dynamic martial arts bouts, classic gardens and temples, contemporary sculpture gardens, antique markets, traditional and "boutique" museums, and a sake tasting room, to name but a few.

INTRODUCTION Tokyo is one of the most important and exciting cities in the world today. But unlike Paris, New York, or London, specific information is still lacking. Tokyo is generally perceived as being so prohibitively expensive that people are afraid to venture to this part of the world. This is unfortunate, for in reality Japan's capital is a delightful, enriching city with much to offer, even for those on a limited budget.
As a long-term resident of Japan who enjoys traveling, I find myself spending a great deal of time answering questions and explaining to people in other countries what Tokyo is "really like." I have discovered that people are very familiar with Japanese products--but not with Japan itself. One day I learned of an American survey in which respondents were asked to name some well-known Japanese people. The most frequent replies were: Yoko Ono, Godzilla (yes, the fictitious movie-monster), and Bruce Lee (the Chinese martial arts expert).
I started to wonder if there was something I might do to remedy this lack of information about Japan--and at the same time help overcome people's "fear of coming to Tokyo" that seemed to prevail so strongly. I began to search out attractions and activities with a "zero yen" price tag on them, intending to write a travel article about spending time in Tokyo without spending a fortune. Well, I found more than I bargained for, and soon Tokyo for Free took on a life of its own. There is no question that the book was out there, just waiting to be written. And I feel very fortunate to have been the one who was given the opportunity to do so.
I certainly don't claim to cover everything there is to know about Tokyo in this book (that would take volumes), but I sincerely hope that my effort will offer you a little insight into the simple pleasures that make up the day-to-day lifestyle of the city. For isn't that what determines what a city is "really like," after all? I hope you will enjoy Tokyo for Free and appreciate the spirit in which it was written--with much love for one of the world's most intriguing cities.

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Kodansha International
Tokyo: A Visitor's Guide
Kodansha International: Tokyo.
Paperback, 140 vollfarbige Seiten, 80 Fotos, 14 farbige Karten, Index.
ISBN: 4-7700-2688-9


The perfect guide for a short visit to Japan's capital. This compact guide to one of the world's most exciting capitals presents the most up-to-date information available on hotels, restaurants, museums, shopping centers, cultural attractions, and business-related information centers.

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Margaret Price
Classic Japanese Inns & Country Getaways
Kodansha International: Tokyo.
Paperback, 290 Seiten.
ISBN 4-7700-1873-8

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Theodore Manning
Flea Markets of Japan: A Pocket Guide for Antique Buyers
Kodansha International: Tokyo 2003.
Paperback, 176 Seiten.
ISBN: 978-4-7700-2902-7


To the Japanese antique enthusiast, flea markets are collectively known as a source of rare finds, a treasure trove of bargains, and the most freewheeling, exciting place to shop. But for the Western shopper, the prospect of uncovering what these modern-day bazaars have to offer may be somewhat daunting. Besides the language barrier, there is the need to bargain for every purchase, concern about unscrupulous vendors, and difficulty when it comes to ascertaining an unknown item's name, origin, and uses-not to mention determining a fair price. This is the first-ever book written to help non-Japanese cope with the challenges of shopping at flea markets, enabling them to go out and get the goods they are after. The book starts with a general orientation, discussing the advantages of flea markets over antique stores, and the availability, quality, and prices of antiques sold through this channel. Next comes a list of 115 flea markets taking place across Japan, the most comprehensive of its kind. The heart of the book is the Things to Buy section, which gives names and descriptions for 450 antiques and artifacts, conveniently classified into 18 categories. Last, the section on "flea-market Japanese" supplies the shopper with the linguistic tools to bring it all together, with a "survival kit" of over 250 shopping-related Japanese words and phrases. Powerful yet easy-to-master phrases enable the shopper to communicate with vendors effectively. Pocket-sized but packed with information, Flea Markets of Japan: A Pocket Guide for Antique Buyers is the flea-market shopper's indispensable reference. For gaijin in the hunt, that killer find is now within reach.

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Marc Treib & Ron Herman
A Guide to the Gardens of Kyoto
Kodansha International: Tokyo.
Paperback, 224 Seiten, 14 Farbfotos, 100 s/w-Fotos, 15 Strichzeichnungen, 6 Karten, Anhang.
ISBN: 978-4-7700-2953-9


Hailed as the standard guidebook to Japanese gardens since it was first published in 1980, "A Guide to the Gardens of Kyoto" provides all the necessary information to fully appreciate the enormous care that went into making each garden a unique masterpiece.
Designed for the layman as well as the professional, this concise yet comprehensive guide provides both practical information and theoretical insights into the design of the Japanese garden. Kyoto, the capital of Japan for over one thousand years, possesses a richness of garden art without equal as a living chronicle of Japanese cultural history and environmental design. Following the introductory essays are individual entries for more than fifty temple and palace gardens. The text is augmented by an excellent selection of photographs, historical prints, maps and color plates.

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Katsuhiko Mizuno & Masaaki Ono
The Hidden Gardens of Kyoto
Kodansha International: Tokyo 2004.
Hardcover, 136 Seiten.
ISBN: 978-4-7700-2937-9


Off the beaten track, not easily seen because in private or official hands, these are the "hidden gardens" of one of the world's great historic cities.
All the main types of Japanese garden are represented. First comes the pond garden, which on the grandest scale can be a match for the lake-wood-and-meadow parks of Western estates, and on a more modest scale still contains islands and bridges and pavilions. Then there is the dry landscape garden, whose gravel, rocks, and moss have an austerity remote from most Westerners' idea of a garden, yet whose purpose, once understood, leaves an impression of dignity and resonance. And finally the tea garden, whose scrupulous simplicity belies great sophistication in the arrangement of its few components.
To a much greater degree than Western gardens, their enjoyment depends on knowing how to interpret them: how to look for the auspicious tortoise stones - a wedge-shaped head poking out of the ground - or the wings of a stone crane; the symbolic waterfall where no water flows; the bridge that crosses from this world into the next.
No better guides to these underlying attributes can be found than the photographer of this book, who has spent most of his life in the old capital, and the commentator, a professional garden designer who learned his craft from one of the twentieth century's greatest landscape gardeners. With their help we learn such things as why no flowers bloom in the tea garden, and why its paths are seldom straight; or why some scenery is best seen in passing from a boat rather than on dry land.
As a sequel to the acclaimed LANDSCAPES FOR SMALL SPACES, this new appreciation of the traditional Japanese garden will give as much, if not more, pleasure, since part of its attraction is knowing that the gate into these gardens - which might otherwise be closed - is, in these pages, open to us all.

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