Tokyo Moments

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Beauty and Chaos Publisher's summary

Whether contemplating Tokyo’s odd-shaped bonsai houses, pachinko parlors, chopstick ballet, or the perilous habit of running for trains, the short, personal writings in Beauty and Chaos explore Tokyo from the inside to reveal the city’s deeper meanings and daily pleasures. Part travelogue, part comparative culture, and packed with insights, these sharply observed vignettes tap into the daily mysteries of Tokyo life to reveal what’s beneath the gleaming, puzzling exterior of the biggest city in the world.

The overlooked slices and morsels of daily life show how, “In Tokyo, the symbolic and the practical are always beautifully intertwined.” Originally published in a monthly magazine column in Japanese, these little essays answer the questions Tokyo asks every day.

Tokyo emerges a fascinating city full of chaotic commotion and serene beauty - one of the most amazing, confusing places in the world. Novelist and professor Michael Pronko has lived, worked, and written in Tokyo for more than 20 years. He writes: “Tokyo is as complex as a long novel, as confusing as an avant-garde film and, sometimes, as strikingly beautiful as calligraphy.” See why.

©2014 Michael Pronko (P)2024 Michael Pronko
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