Tokyo Megacity by Donald RichieTokyo Megacity by Donald Richie

Tokyo Megacity

byDonald RichiePhotographed byBen Simmons

Hardcover | May 30, 2014

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This photographic Tokyo travel guide explores the dynamic Japanese culture, art and architecture that make Tokyo a world-class city.It has been said that every city has its high points, but Tokyo is all exclamation points!" The largest and most populous city in the world, Tokyo must be experienced in person to be understood truly. The next best thing? Tokyo Megacity -a visual and descriptive exploration of a city that combines old with new and traditional with trendy, like no other city in the world.This extraordinary book explores Tokyo through 250 revealing photographs by well-known photographer Ben Simmons and over 30 essays by famed author Donald Richie. Their love of the city, their sense of its history, and the deep respect and pure joy felt in being here, shine through on every page. Simmons and Richie show us how modern Tokyo evolved from a patchwork of villages that still exist today as distinct neighborhoods and districts to the modern, trendsetting metropolis renowned the world over-that combine to make Tokyo a unique and special place. Tokyo Megacity presents the districts of the city in the order that they originally developed, starting with the Imperial Palace, sliding down to the "Low City" along the Sumida River, soaring back up to the "Mid-City," and finally, climbing the hills to the newer districts of the "High City." The combination of Ben Simmons' photographs and Donald Richie's text capture, as never before, the tremendous diversity, vitality and sheer livability of the megacity that is Tokyo."
Donald Richie, novelist, essayist, composer, journalist, and film scholar was born in Ohio but spent most of life witnessing and reporting on the transformation of Japan from the postwar devastation to its economic resurgence. He was the author of some forty books of fiction and nonfiction, dozens of speeches and essays, and hundreds o...
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Title:Tokyo MegacityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:176 pages, 12 × 9 × 0.71 inPublished:May 30, 2014Publisher:Tuttle PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:4805312882

ISBN - 13:9784805312889

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A city in snapshots A brilliant bio of the world's biggest city. First there's the historical overview of the city itself' then the profiles of the three major parts (high, low, and mid cities), and then the one page snapshots of the major neighbourhoods of the city. Those snapshots may be short but they capture the essential history of the area and the character of today. The biggest learning moment for me was that all the shrines and temples we visited are modern rebuilds. I guess I should have realized that not much survived the war. The three or five pages of photos that accompany each essay are illuminating - and a nice trip back to Tokyo. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-13

Editorial Reviews

A splendid tour through the 'real' Tokyo." - Japan Times "? this book should retain some lasting value." - Metropolis "This extraordinary book explores Tokyo through 250 revealing photographs by well-known photographer Ben Simmons and over 30 essays by famed author Donald Richie. Their love of the city, their sense of its history, and the deep respect and pure joy felt in being here, shine through on every page. Simmons and Richie show us how modern Tokyo evolved from a patchwork of villages that still exist today as distinct neighborhoods and districts, to the modern, trendsetting metropolis renowned theworld over-that combine to make Tokyo a unique and special place." - Just One Cookbook blog"