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Arrived on time and in excellent condition - excellent book on Tokyo, especially if you like walking around cities (or doing so virtually). We had already spent quite some time walking around Tokyo so this book brought back some good memories but also gave us places to explore in future (even in areas we have often been - such is the way of old cities bot h in Europe and Eastern Asia (we've less experience of elsewhere except the USA)). Would recommend to anyone who likes travelling physically or mentally or has a general interest in Japan (though some knowledge of Japanese culture is presumed/necessary to understand some of the whys and wherefores detailed in the book - not that that necessarily makes it less interesting to those yet to have that knowledge, just rather more odd! :) Overall, would (and have) recommend(ed) to most people we know :)
This is a really lovely book. I saw the French version ('
Tokyo Sanpo : Promenades à Tokyo
') in a bookshop in Lille, and wanted it immediately. Unfortunately, my French is far from perfect, but when I looked up the title on Amazon, I found this, the English version (apart from the cover, the two books are identical).
The illustrations are beautiful, the maps are stunning, the character studies charming. The accompanying text is interesting and often funny. I found it very inspiring.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves illustration and/or design, and also to anyone who loves Japan.
It is my dream to go to Tokyo next year, and I have been looking for a fun guide to show me how do the streets feel like. The exquisite art and a fun commentary show an everyday Tokyo that makes me even more eager to go there one day. Just bear in mind - you will not get a story out of this book! It's really more about looking at it then reading it.
I bought this as a Christmas present for 2 family members planning a trip to Japan. The reviews implied the book was quirky which I thought would appeal to the recipients, and I was right. It was browsed a lot on the day and the attention to detail clearly appreciated, so in this case it was a good choice.
This book is a must-buy for those who have been or have an interest in Tokyo. The detailed hand-drawn pictures and maps really do remind me of the uniqueness of Tokyo and its people. The book is divided into neighbourhoods and manages to bring back some warm memories for me as it offers a comical look at how things are done in the Japanese capital.