In her remarkable book, Anna Sherman tells of her search for the bells of Edo, exploring the city of Tokyo and its inhabitants and the individual and particular relationship of Japanese culture - and the Japanese language - to time, ...
Author: Anna Sherman
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
As read on BBC Radio 4 'Book of the Week' Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year Award Longlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize 'Sherman’s is a special book. Every sentence, every thought she has, every question she asks, every detail she notices, offers something. The Bells of Old Tokyo is a gift . . . It is a masterpiece.' - Spectator For over 300 years, Japan closed itself to outsiders, developing a remarkable and unique culture. During its period of isolation, the inhabitants of the city of Edo, later known as Tokyo, relied on its public bells to tell the time. In her remarkable book, Anna Sherman tells of her search for the bells of Edo, exploring the city of Tokyo and its inhabitants and the individual and particular relationship of Japanese culture - and the Japanese language - to time, tradition, memory, impermanence and history. Through Sherman’s journeys around the city and her friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, The Bells of Old Tokyo presents a series of hauntingly memorable voices in the labyrinth that is the metropolis of the Japanese capital: An aristocrat plays in the sea of ashes left by the Allied firebombing of 1945. A scientist builds the most accurate clock in the world, a clock that will not lose a second in five billion years. A sculptor eats his father’s ashes while the head of the house of Tokugawa reflects on the destruction of his grandfather’s city (‘A lost thing is lost. To chase it leads to darkness’). The result is a book that not only engages with the striking otherness of Japanese culture like no other, but that also marks the arrival of a dazzling new writer as she presents an absorbing and alluring meditation on life through an exploration of a great city and its people.
have concluded that the hill is an ancient burial mound from articles suggesting
prehistoric human habitation which were excavated here. This bell was one of
the public time-bells used to toll the hours of the day during the Edo period. It is
Author: Sumiko Enbutsu
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
This Tokyo guidebook provides an intimate and detailed look at Japan's dynamic capital. Walking is the best way to get to know any city and here is a walker's guide to Tokyo—one of the most fascinating cities in the world. Author and Tokyo native Sumiko Enbutso leads readers through Tokyo's old downtown. Sensitive to the character of each varied neighborhood, she brings a sharp eye to its half-hidden history, its traditional shops, and its most appealing restaurants. A fascinating book that goes beyond the normal tourist sites, Old Tokyo is a boon to foreign residents and visitor alike.
In the old tales, they can write of the sea grass hidden among the rocks or of
aching for companionship at the Suma seaside. Soon Byakuren too, in ... Sleep
could elude these women while the bells struck the lateness of the hour. In an
Author: Phyllis Birnbaum
Publisher: Columbia University Press
The stunning biographical portraits in Modern Girls, Shining Stars, the Skies of Tokyo, some adapted from essays that first appeared in The New Yorker, explore the lives of five women who did their best to stand up and cause more trouble than was considered proper in Japanese society. Their lives stretch across a century and a half of explosive cultural and political transformations in Japan. These five artists-two actresses, two writers, and a painter-were noted for their talents, their beauty, and their love affairs rather than for any association with politics. But through the fearlessness of their art and their private lives, they influenced the attitudes of their times and challenged the status quo. Phyllis Birnbaum presents her subjects from various perspectives, allowing them to shine forth in all of their contradictory brilliance: generous and petulant, daring and timid, prudent and foolish. There is Matsui Sumako, the actress who introduced Ibsen's Nora and Wilde's Salome to Japanese audiences but is best remembered for her ambition, obstreperous temperament and turbulent love life. We also meet Takamura Chieko, a promising but ultimately disappointed modernist painter whose descent into mental illness was immortalized in poetry by a husband who may well have been the source of her troubles. In a startling act of rebellion, the sensitive, aristocratic poet Yanagiwara Byakuren left her crude and powerful husband, eloped with her revolutionary lover, and published her request for a divorce in the newspapers. Uno Chiyo was a popular novelist who preferred to be remembered for the romantic wars she fought. Willful, shrewd, and ambitious, Uno struggled for sexual liberation and literary merit. Birnbaum concludes by exploring the life and career of Takamine Hideko, a Japanese film star who portrayed wholesome working-class heroines in hundreds of films, working with such directors as Naruse, Kinoshita, Ozu, and Kurosawa. Angry about a childhood spent working to provide for greedy relatives, Takamine nevertheless made peace with her troubled past and was rewarded for years of hard work with a brilliant career. Drawing on fictional accounts, interviews, memoirs, newspaper reports, and the creative works of her subjects, Birnbaum has created vivid, seamless narrative portraits of these five remarkable women.
... mony ( literally , “ Seven - Five - Three " ) has fiveHozuki Ichi takes place at
Senso - ji Temple year - old boys and three - and seven - year - old from early
morning to midnight ... The bells toll 108 times to represent the return to their
hometowns to clean up ancestral 108 evil human passions . ... Tokyo : the Zojo -
ji Temple in Shiba Park and the ABOVE : priests conducting a ritual at Senso - ji
Author: Francis Dorai
Publisher: Insight Guides
Essays discuss the people, history, and institution of Tokyo, Japan and are accompanied by tips for visitors.
It was during the spring of my fourteenth year that I began for the first time to feel
the magic beauty in the bells and to take pleasure in identifying them by their
various pitches . That summer , too , I finally satisfied an old ambition . I joined ...
Author: Abram Setsuzau Kotsuji
In 1959, the author, a sixty-year-old Japanese man, prepares to undergo a ritual of circumcision at a hospital in Jerusalem. This book tells how this descendant of a line of Shinto lords, priests of the Imperial house, came embrace Judaism.
When leyasu founded his new capital , the town at the foot of Ōta Dokan's old fort
was small and rudimentary . ... first night of the new year , the third year of Meireki
, 1657 , nine years before the Great Fire of London , the bells had rung warning ...
Author: Paul Waley
Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated
Of all the world's great cities, Tokyo remains one of the least well known. Paul Waley calls forth the stories sleeping behind the glass and chrome of today's fast-paced metropolis and conjures the traces of Tokyo past overlapping Tokyo present.
... dry leaf in summer . The fire bogy ( Photograph 28 ) is ever present in the
Japanese mind , and the stranger notes alarm bells ... When I reached Tokyo
from Nagoya life had started again . Many * R. ... In old Tokyo fires were so
frequent that ...
Author: Fosco Maraini
Publisher: London : Hutchinson
Interpretive description of modern Japan by an Italian linguist and photographer who spent many years there as teacher and traveler. Includes over 150 photographs, 36 in color.
probably because she had anticipated him not being able to finish climbing the
old Tokyo Tower in a single day. I'll reach the peak today and show ... before
shook the air like a howl. A sound, like an infinite number of individual bells rung
all at ...
Author: Reki Kawahara
Publisher: Yen Press LLC
"That's game over, Arita--I mean, Silver Crow."His life completely transformed since meeting Kuroyukihime, the most beautiful girl in school, Haruyuki has grown up into a magnificent knight, fat and bullied though he might be. As the season turns to spring, a strange new student appears before Haruyuki and his friends, now in eighth grade. This mysterious seventh grader has mastered the art of using Brain Burst in everyday life, despite being curiously absent from the Duel matching list. With Kuroyukihime away on a field trip for the ninth grade class, this new member of the student body, in the guise of a warped duel avatar called Dusk Taker, steals "something precious" from Haruyuki with overwhelming force. Cast once again to the bottom rungs of the school hierarchy ladder, Haruyuki is driven into a corner, and his only course of action is--?!