- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Stone Bridge Press; Updated edition (September 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1880656345
- ISBN-13: 978-1880656341
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 7.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 25 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,841,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Little Adventures in Tokyo: 39 Thrills for the Urban Explorer Paperback – September 1, 1998
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Rick Kennedy, author of Good Tokyo Restaurants and Home Sweet Tokyo, has lived in Tokyo for 20 years and knows the city well. When he decided to write Little Adventures in Tokyo, he didn't want to replicate the other comprehensive cinderblock-like guides on the market. He wanted to create a slim, lightweight guide to Tokyo fun, because Tokyo can be overwhelming enough without your guidebook inundating you with information, too. Whether you find yourself in Tokyo on vacation or business, you'll want your explorations in manageable portions. Kennedy organizes the adventures by five Tokyo moods (Old Tokyo, The Metropolis, Tokyo Bizarro, Time Out, and Listen, I Found This Great Place....), cross-references them by location and time, and includes good maps. But the real beauty of this book lies in its tone and the quality of the excursions it details. From the ritual appreciation of incense (kohdo) to the quiet harmonies of old Japanese farmhouses (minka-en) to harvesting rice in the Ginza and skiing inside the SSAWS Ski Dome, Kennedy leads you through the jumble of Tokyo's many neighborhoods. She introduces you to the idiosyncratic pleasures of one of the world's great cities, enabling you to experience the Japanese department store in all its ritualistic splendor, soak in Tokyo's largest bathing facility, or put yourself in the hands of a Shiatsu master. Engagingly readable and full of interesting asides on Tokyo lore, Kennedy's guide provides a great service to the Tokyo-visiting public.
"A delightful, off-beat tour to fascinating places we would never find by ourselves." -The Daily Breeze -- -The Daily Breeze
"A delightful, off-beat tour to fascinating places we would never find by ourselves." -The Daily Breeze -- Review
"The best insiders' guide to Tokyo." -Asia-Pacific Travel Magazine -- -Asia-Pacific Travel Magazine
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Like many reviewers, I've given this book to several people who have come to visit me in Japan. It will definitely inspire the adventurer in you, or help you overcome any fear of exploring the cited excursions.
Most travelers don't have the time to stop and look at the smaller details of Tokyo, or gamble on a dud. This book takes out the guesswork! And, gives you some secret spots you would probably never find on your own without spending a good amount of time here, and/or speaking the language. Out of the 39 adventures, there has to be at least a day's worth of adventuring for you, regardless of what you are looking for in Japan; history, food, art, or contemporary culture...
If you're on a whirlwind tour of Tokyo and/or Japan, you can leave this book at home. But if you'll be in Tokyo for even a week or more, I highly recommend trying the tea ceremony, seeing some minka, meditation, going to a public bath, etc. These are activities many Japanese people don't know about or don't take the time to do often. Moreover, they're activities that very few tourists (read: gaijin) do, so it is more of an enjoyable experience in my opinion.
Great book for those who enjoy places off the beaten path ...
I admit I have a special happiness for this book. One of the happiest days of my entire life was a visit to Minka-en, because of this book's description. That day is one of the most peaceful, happy, and memorable memories of my entire life. It was worth 100 times the price of this terrific guide. Thank you, Rick Kennedy!
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