Tokyo Commute: Japanese Customs and Way of Life Viewed from the Odakyu Line
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214pp. August 2011
Tokyo Commute: Japanese Customs and Way of Life Viewed from the Odakyu Line
Author: Lee, A. Robert;
A unique take on modern life in Tokyo, Japan’s capital city. A Japan of trains, everyday to and fro, carriage scenes and theatre, vistas from the window, advertising posters. Each to be savoured through a specific Tokyo line: the Odakyu. Pitched as creative text and colour illustrations, Tokyo Commute offers on-track and off-track observations. A gallery of mirrors, musings, memories. This is less documentary than iconography, a poetics of Japanese routine and etiquette. It offers a wry diary of month-and-weekday observations, a “map” of Shinjuku as key station and gathering place, a run of notable Tokyo locations—from the national bunraku theatre to a Kawasaki sludge recycling centre. Other Odakyu travel involves the Hakone open air art gallery, Narita as both airport and temple-complex, Yokohama as history and Chinatown. Essential reading for first-time, and second-time, visitors, and even regular commuters.

color illus.

For sale only in North America, Asia, and the Pacific
Distributed for Renaissance Books
“Lee expounds on his fondness for the railway in a fascinating glimpse at Japanese customs and way of life through the lens of an ordinary Odakyu commuter. . . . For ‘train anoraks’ or just curious passers-by, there is more than enough material in Lee’s work to spark a railway romance. Next stop, Tokyo?” —Japan Times (12 February 2011)
Author: Lee, A. Robert;



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