The Bells of Old Tokyo

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, ...

The Bells of Old Tokyo

Author: Anna Sherman

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 1529000475

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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.

Old Tokyo

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
now ...

Old Tokyo

Author: Sumiko Enbutsu

Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

ISBN: 1462904122

Page: 207

View: 550

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.

Modern Girls Shining Stars the Skies of Tokyo

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
unquiet ...

Modern Girls  Shining Stars  the Skies of Tokyo

Author: Phyllis Birnbaum

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231500029

Page: 256

View: 202

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.

Tokyo

... 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
Temple .

Tokyo

Author: Francis Dorai

Publisher: Insight Guides

ISBN: 9789814137591

Page: 256

View: 905

Essays discuss the people, history, and institution of Tokyo, Japan and are accompanied by tips for visitors.

Tokyo

Ancient. Celebrations. Festivals, or matsuri, have been an important part of the
rhythm of Tokyo's life for hundreds of ... At the stroke of midnight, temples
throughout the country begin to toll their bells 108 times, representing the 108
sins or ...

Tokyo

Author: Langenscheidt Publishers

Publisher: APA Publications

ISBN: 9781585730308

Page: 327

View: 831

From Tokyo to Jerusalem

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 ...

From Tokyo to Jerusalem

Author: Abram Setsuzau Kotsuji

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 215

View: 659

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.

Time

... a exhibits in the fair , ranging from France's former auto dealer who has
promoted the $ 1,000,000 exhibit ( a bargain by world'sfair over some 1,000,000
miles from Puget fair standards ) to tiny San Marino's Sound to Tokyo to Paris ...
Admits one sound of cannon , whistles , sirens and and Van Cliburn ) , but will
serve as a new fair official : " We might have to provide church bells , the excited
crowd at ...

Time

Author: Briton Hadden

Publisher:

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Poetica Tokyo

... this house too has a characteristic soundthe charming tinkling caused when a
passing breeze shakes the bells which ... having used a wellworn device ” , but "
it seemed interesting for the very reason that it was so much in the old tradition .

Poetica  Tokyo

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Olympic Games 1964 Innsbruck Tokyo

The bells of the church at Wilten ring at the appointed time . ... Paul Aste , the 47 -
year - old Austrian bob - man and tobogganist , speaks the Olympic Oath : " In the
name of all participants I promise that we will obey the rules of the Olympic ...

Olympic Games 1964  Innsbruck  Tokyo

Author: Harald Lechenperg

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 330

View: 501

Tokyo

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 ...

Tokyo

Author: Paul Waley

Publisher: Weatherhill, Incorporated

ISBN:

Page: 270

View: 444

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.

Meeting with Japan

... 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 ...

Meeting with Japan

Author: Fosco Maraini

Publisher: London : Hutchinson

ISBN:

Page: 467

View: 558

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.

The Times Week

... Tokyo as As a landmark that brings recollections On either side of the Buddha
are people of Tokyo ; and that is the bell ... ji . history of old Yedo , now Tokyo ,
stands lotus flowers and supported by two remark While some temple bells boom
 ...

The Times Week

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The Book of the American Bell Association

Rare bell. On the same shelf at the right end, hanging, is an angry-faced "rumble
type' clay bell which was bought when the first soldiers landed in the Tokyo
invasion. A ragged old man sat atop a pile of rubble in the Tokyo streets.

The Book of the American Bell Association

Author:

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Page: 202

View: 973

The Cornhill Magazine

... bells of the Siberian border . First , that dizzy contrast of new and old , Tokyo . ...
Hanging over the walls , giant pines and cryptomerias , admiring themselves for
centuries at a stretch in the waters of the old moat . Within that ancient setting ...

The Cornhill Magazine

Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

Publisher:

ISBN:

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Via Tokyo

Here , as in most of the temples , the constant stream of happy pilgrims , from
school girls to old men , is a panorama of colour ... The Bell , the second largest
in Japan , when struck with the swinging beam ( all Japanese bells are
clapperless ) ...

Via Tokyo

Author: Christmas Humphreys

Publisher:

ISBN:

Page: 212

View: 562

Accel World Vol 3 light novel

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 ...

Accel World  Vol  3  light novel

Author: Reki Kawahara

Publisher: Yen Press LLC

ISBN: 1975300858

Page: 256

View: 178

"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--?!