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A Look Into Tokyo by Japan Travel Bureau
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Nov 07, 2007

really liked it

In one sense this book series is nothing, but somehow I am really attracted to them. Most bookstores in Japan carries these line of books that are illustrated and they explained various aspects of Japaense culture. They're well-written and correctly researched, but more important they're incredibly charming.

Tokyo is not a city to me. It is part of my psyche and there are various areas of this great metropolis that almost brings me to tear... Even it's uglyness is another version of aesthetic pleasure. Well, that is what I think about when I look at this cheap tourist book of Tokyo.
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message 1: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I feel the same way about various cities I've lived in...I think it's interesting how some cities work so hard to preserve themselves, the past (Paris) while others are constantly changing evolving (Tokyo, Mexico City) and are more forward-looking, and not necessarily in a planned way. So that we can have the museum-like disneyfication of a city (I am not suggesting Paris is that, I haven't been there for ages, but it might be, and there is the danger that New Orleans could become an example) versus the city that keeps moving forward in unpredictable ways. I am not familiar with Tokyo by the way, except from books & movies.

message 2: by W.B. (new)

W.B. Another awesome find, Tosh...i love books that baby you sometimes...pre-digest, then put it in your mouth like robin mash in a nestling's mouth...not all the time, mind you...but just sometimes...whoever said pabulum must always be a dirty word? :-)

Tosh Jessica, in a sense Los Angeles (where I live) and Tokyo resemble each other - they have a dis-interest in its past. Except for particular neighborhoods. Right now Downtown Los Angeles is going through major changes, yet great parts of it are preserving the past for the present. Tokyo neighborhoods have been changed drastically. New shopping areas or complexes that changed the landscape of that area. They sort of destroy the old to make way for the new. But that city is always physically changing. There are parts of Tokyo that totally 60's and older looking. They're so unhip it becomes ultra-hip for a few....

And will put W!

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