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The bells of old Tokyo : meditations on time and a city

Author: Anna Sherman
Publisher: New York : Picador, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"The Bells of Old Tokyo is a remarkable literary debut by Anna Sherman that is an elegant and insightful tour of Tokyo and its residents, as well as a meditation on Japanese culture and society. The book is structured around Anna's search for the eight lost bells that once surrounded the city. These bells marked the city's neighborhoods and kept time for its inhabitants before the introduction of Western-style  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: Anna Sherman
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Sherman
ISBN: 9781250206404 1250206405
OCLC Number: 1110150341
Description: 337 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The bells of time --
Hibiya --
Nihonbashi : the zero point --
Asakusa : the mythic Kanto Plain --
Akasaka : the invention of Edo --
Mejiro : a failed coup --
Nezu : Tokugawa timepieces --
Ueno : the last shogun --
The Rokumeikan : the Meiji restoration --
Tsukiji : the Japanese empire --
Yokokawa-Honjo : east of the river --
Marunouchi : new origins --
Kitasuna : the firebombs of 1945 --
Shiba Kiridoshi : Tokyo tower --
Daylight savings time : the occupation --
Ichigaya : postwar prosperity --
Shinjuku : Tokyo tomorrow --
Hibiya : the imperial hotel.
Responsibility: Anna Sherman.

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"The Bells of Old Tokyo is a remarkable literary debut by Anna Sherman that is an elegant and insightful tour of Tokyo and its residents, as well as a meditation on Japanese culture and society. The book is structured around Anna's search for the eight lost bells that once surrounded the city. These bells marked the city's neighborhoods and kept time for its inhabitants before the introduction of Western-style clocks. The bells are tangible vestiges of a much older Japan--one that believed in time as represented by animals, rather than minutes and hours, a circle rather than a forward line. Similarly, the book moves in and out of time as we are introduced to Tokyo residents past and present: An aristocrat who makes his way through Tokyo's sea of ashes after WWII's firebombs. A shrine priest who remembers Yukio Mishima praying before his infamous death. A scientist who has built the most accurate clock in the world, a clock that will not lose a second in five billion years. The head of the Tokugawa house, the family that used to rule Tokyo, reflecting on the destruction of his grandfathers' city ('A lost thing is lost. To chase it leads to darkness'). And woven throughout is Anna's deep friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite coffee shop who believes that if you make coffee just right, and allow people the time to enjoy it, they will return to their 'true selves.' The Bells of Old Tokyo marks the arrival of a dazzling new writer as she presents an absorbing and alluring meditation on life in the guise of a tour through a city and its people"--

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