Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo by Michael PronkoMotions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo by Michael Pronko

Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo

byMichael Pronko

Paperback | December 22, 2015

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Motions and Moments is the third book by Michael Pronko on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These 42 new essays burrow into the unique intensities that suffuse the city and ponder what they mean to its millions of inhabitants.

Based on Pronko’s 18 years living, teaching and writing in Tokyo, these essays on how Tokyoites work, dress, commute, eat and sleep are steeped in insights into the city’s odd structures, intricate pleasures and engaging undertow.

Included are essays on living to size and loving the crowd, on Tokyo’s dizzying uncertainties and daily satisfactions, and on the 2011 earthquake. As in his first two books, this collection captures the ceaseless flow and passing flashes of life in biggest city in the world with gentle humor and rich detail.

“This book sparkles and succeeds as a love letter of sorts to Tokyo. The author’s writing is a joy to read, with wonderful phrasing and vivid descriptions…As someone who knows very little about Tokyo, I loved this book. As someone who appreciates good writing, I loved this book.” 4 out of 4 stars

OnlineBookClub.org

This is a memoir to be savored like a fine red wine, crafted with supreme care by a man who clearly has fallen in love with his adopted city -- and we are the beneficiaries of his lyrical reflections, making us want to visit and absorb the rich megalopolis of Tokyo for ourselves.

Publishers Daily Reviews

Each essay is like a self-contained explanation of one facet of life in the context of a grander conversation, and each one is a complete work in its own right… almost like a fictional novel of short stories and vignettes rather than a collection of essays.

Ryan Jordan, Reader’s Favorite

With each new essay opening yet another window into life in this magnificent city, the book vividly captures the depth and beauty of Tokyo, bringing to life the city and the lifestyle.

Faridah Nassozi, Reader’s Favorite

Each of his essays brought me closer and closer to an appreciation of the complex and complicated place Tokyo is, and the lifestyles of those who call it home. His writing style is conversational and smooth, and I found that after finishing one essay I was eager to dive into the next one right away.

Jack Magnus, Reader’s Favorite

 

Praise for the first collection, Beauty and Chaos: Slices and Morsels of Tokyo Life:

"A clear-eyed but affectionate portrait of a city that reaches beyond simple stereotypes. An elegantly written, precisely observed portrait of a Japanese city and its culture." Kirkus Reviews

"Beauty and Chaos is a spectacular read. Its essays are long enough to be cohesive and provocative while remaining short and sweet. The collection is masterful and unique." Stephanie Chandler, SPR Review

“He notices the kinds of things that might be taken for granted by the Japanese and overlooked entirely by visitors.” Rebecca Foster, The Bookbag

Gold Award First Place for Cultural Non-Fiction (Reader's Favorite Awards 2015)

Gold Award  (Non-Fiction Authors Association 2015)

Awards for the second collection, Tokyo’s Mystery Deepens: Essays on Tokyo:

Gold Award for Creative Non-Fiction (eLit Awards 2015)

Silver Award for Travel Essay (eLit Award 2015)

 

Title:Motions and Moments: More Essays on TokyoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:290 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.61 inPublished:December 22, 2015Publisher:Raked Gravel PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1942410115

ISBN - 13:9781942410119

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Table of Contents

ContentsMotions and Moments: More Essays on TokyoEpigraphNote on the GlossaryIntro and InCity of EyesPart I: SurfacesWhy Ask Me?The Language Dance Urban Speed PoetryPerfect OutfitsDon't Drop It!Cell Screen Tokyo Public TightnessTokyo Asleep Part II: MiniaturesPerfect FormsFitting Things In Fitting Me In Small Item HeavenGive-Away City My Toe in TokyoWhat's in a Name?Thousand Armed KannonsPlastic CityPart III: Constructs Construction and Resistance The South Side TheoryStaying GroundedParting the Crowd Double ConstructionUgliest City in the World?Cleanliness, Tokyo-nessTokyo SymphonyTokyo 24/7 The Summer SlowingPart IV: QuakingAre You OK? (March 18, 2011)Shaken Up (June 20, 2011)Earthquake Normal (October 2011)Is This It? (April 2012)That Was a Bad One (June 2015)Part V: SerenitiesYear-End BusyLearning to Love the Crowd Tokyo Comfort CityA Meal in the HandTokyo's Traditional PausesNature PeopleJazz in Tokyo Parting is Such Sweet SorrowHanami, and Just After Arigato-s and Gozaimasu-sesGlossary

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the first collection, Beauty and Chaos: Slices and Morsels of Tokyo Life:"A clear-eyed but affectionate portrait of a city that reaches beyond simple stereotypes. An elegantly written, precisely observed portrait of a Japanese city and its culture." Kirkus Reviews"Beauty and Chaos is a spectacular read. Its essays are long enough to be cohesive and provocative while remaining short and sweet. The collection is masterful and unique." Stephanie Chandler, SPR Review"He notices the kinds of things that might be taken for granted by the Japanese and overlooked entirely by visitors." Rebecca Foster, The BookbagGold Award First Place for Cultural Non-Fiction (Reader's Favorite Awards 2015)Gold Award (Non-Fiction Authors Association 2015)Praise for the second collection, Tokyo's Mystery Deepens: Essays on Tokyo:"As chapters flow through Tokyo cultural experiences, readers receive a rare glimpse of the structure and nature of Tokyo's underlying psyche. It's a powerful, intimate consideration of many aspects of Japanese culture." D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review"An insider's view of what life is really like in this pulsing, densely populated Asian metropolis...this little book of short, easy to read essays delivers to its readers an education." Vera A. Pereskokova Luxury Reading Blog"Could one have a better guide? Anyone planning to work and live in Tokyo for a period of time will find Pronko indispensable." BookReview.com"Tokyo's Mystery Deepens is so much more than just a guidebook to Tokyo...it actually plunges into the minuscule details of what it is like to be a Tokyoite." OnlineBookClub.orgGold Award for Creative Non-Fiction (eLit Awards 2015)Silver Award for Travel Essay (eLit Award 2015)