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- 出版社: Signal Books Ltd (2009/1/27)
- 言語: 英語
- ISBN-10: 1904955517
- ISBN-13: 978-1904955511
- 発売日： 2009/1/27
- 商品パッケージの寸法: 14.2 x 2.1 x 21.5 cm
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Tokyo: A Cultural and Literary History (Cities of the Imagination) (英語) ペーパーバック – 2009/1/27
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Tokyo is a vibrant city where the cultures of the East and the West are remixed into perceptibly Japanese forms. This book traces the cultural and literary history of Tokyo from an obscure fishing village to one of the largest metropolises in the world.
'Tokyo's cultural history, which is what Mansfield so splendidly serves us, is a template of its times, and in offering it, this book joins the best. Scholarly but packed, pungent and personal, it gives us the new key to the city.' --Japan Times商品の説明をすべて表示する
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Every time I pick up this book I find more egregious errors. I just noticed that the map on pages 86-87 has Mitaka in the mountains to the west of Hachioji. It is not. Mitaka is to the east of Hachioji about 20 some minutes via the Chuo Line or 23.3km.
Yesterday I noticed that DK has written on page 60 that "Kinokuniya Bookstore has one of Tokyo's best selections of foreign books." It does, but not the Kinokuniya store the arrow is pointing to. That extensive foreign book section was moved to another, newer Kinokuniya more than a decade ago. It is referred to by the Kinokuniya company as the Shinjuku South Store. The arrow is pointing at the Shinjuku Main Store. In the Directory on page 145 we are led to find it on Map1, B1 but there is no Kinokuniya listed anywhere there. The Kinokuniya, which is most useful to non-Japanese readers of this book, or, at least one floor of it, should be shown to the south of Takashimaya below Tokyu Hands but there is no Tokyu Hands listed there either, let alone the bookstore in question.
So, please buy this book if you think you might enjoy armchair travel to Tokyo, or if you enjoy looking at pretty pictures. But don't bring this book to Tokyo thinking it will help you out. Just when you least expect it, or when you need it the most, the faulty fact checking and negligent editing may very well stab you in the back with its inaccuracies.
The color photos are wonderful, and the history section, while brief, is easy to read and knowledgable. Its a good jumping off book for planning a trip, although again you might want to compare to another travel book or the internet just to make sure you have all the facts straight.
This book definately inspires you however and most of the discriptions of locations and whatnot are accurate. Its a good addition to a collection as most travel books do not include color photos.
The DK Guide is well-organized, with sections at the back on the intricacies of public transportation, ordering meals, and etiquette. They wisely include a map of the Tokyo subway line on the inside cover, which is very handy.
The list of attractions is thorough and generally up to date. Every traveler will have a difference of opinion on what should be emphasized, of course. For instance, I would have highlighted the wonderful store Japan Sword over the somewhat disappointing Japanese Sword Museum, but, then again, I never would have known of Japan Sword's existence were it not for this book.
Because Tokyo is so large, it can be difficult to hit everything you want to see and do on a single trip, even if you have several days there. Happily, the DK guide is organized by geographic sections of the city (West, Central, and East), so you can group together attractions in close proximity to one another as you plan your day. It's far less scattershot in its organization than other guides. Every listing includes the attraction's lettered & numbered subway stop and directions for how to find what you're looking for when you emerge from the subway. (But whatever you do, don't come to Tokyo without a decent compass! Maps along the sidewalk don't necessarily have North pointing up.) There is also plenty of information about suggested day trips from Tokyo that are easily accessible if you purchased a Japan Rail Pass before you entered the country. (There's info on Japan Rail Passes in this guide, too.)
For more notable shrines and temples, DK includes highly detailed illustrations of the grounds with specific points of interest. Following their lead will reveal some hidden treasures that other tourists may miss.
There is also a handy section on common words and phrases, with correct pronunciation, that is very user-friendly.
The one major drawback of DK--and the only reason I took the Lonely Planet Guide to Japan instead-- is the weight. Due to its thoroughness and glossy pages, it is rather heavy, which is a problem if you're concerned about keeping the weight of a backpack or shoulder bag down. However, DK Tokyo doesn't weigh too much and is compact enough to fit in the side pocket of most cargo pants.
It was instantly obvious to me once I reached Japan how valuable DK Tokyo would be. So what if the cover photo is out of date, as one other reviewer mentioned? That's no reason to pass it up. It is still quite current and extraordinarily helpful. Reading it carefully before you depart will relieve a lot of pre-trip stress and answer a great many questions. It will also help you determine what you want to see and how to make the most of your time in one of the most endlessly fascinating cities on the planet. I recommend it completely.