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

The Bells of Old Tokyo

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 This mesmerising cultural history explores the neighbourhoods where [Tokyo's] bells once rang, and captures the essence of a place where time’s innate elasticity seems to be woven into the place’s very fabric. As our own locked-down days squeeze and elongate, Tokyo time feels strangely familiar.’ - Daily Telegraph 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.

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The Bells of Old Tokyo
Language: en
Pages: 240
Authors: Anna Sherman
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-05-16 - 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 This mesmerising cultural history explores the neighbourhoods where [Tokyo's] bells once rang, and captures the essence of a place where time’s innate elasticity
The Bells of Old Tokyo
Language: en
Pages: 256
Authors: Anna Sherman
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2019-04-30 - Publisher: Picador

Anna Sherman's The Bells of Old Tokyo is a beautiful and profound exploration of the history and culture of Tokyo and its residents that is a mix of memoir, cultural history, and journalism. The Bells of Old Tokyo is a remarkable literary debut by Anna Sherman that is an elegant
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Language: en
Pages: 207
Authors: Sumiko Enbutsu
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Language: en
Pages: 292
Authors: Lonely Planet, Rebecca Milner, Simon Richmond
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-08-01 - Publisher: Lonely Planet

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Lonely Planet Tokyo
Language: en
Pages: 514
Authors: Lonely Planet, Rebecca Milner, Simon Richmond
Categories: Travel
Type: BOOK - Published: 2017-08-01 - Publisher: Lonely Planet

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