The Bells Of Old Tokyo: Travels In Japanese Time, 300 g
A personal insight into the historical culture of Japan and Tokyo.
Through closing itself to outsiders for over 300 years, Japan has developed a unique culture like no other. Anna Sherman explores modern Tokyo in search of the language, traditions and transient cultural changes that still ring true around the historic bell sites, and how they have influenced or faded into Japan's ever-expanding metropolis.
Interspersing her travels through the city with tales of friendly visits to her local café, The Bells of Old Tokyo offers an endearing look at Japan's capital and its inhabitants, sharing memorable interactions with the many kinds of people, art, architecture and cultural habits lost in the city's labyrinth of high-rise buildings and busy neighbourhoods. From visits to the redeveloped entertainment districts firebombed during World War II, to a meeting with the head of Tokugawa house, to a scientist that has created the world's most accurate clock, Anna doesn't miss a chance to see how time has shaped and reinvented this great city.
Written by Anna Sherman. Paperback, 352 pages.