Kansai Cool: A Journey into the Cultural Heartland of Japan

By Christal Whelan

In Kansai Cool, anthropologist, author and filmmaker Christal Whelan bargains deep insights into the conflict of outdated and new, conventional and smooth that performs out every day in Japan's historic heartland.

The western quarter of Japan is called Kansai—centering round the old capitals of Kyoto and Nara, and the sprawling, smooth port towns of Osaka and Kobe. Kansai is Japan's "second sector" after Tokyo—and is instantly domestic to Japan's most standard cultural facilities and its latest culture.

From the traditional ideals of Kyoto to the modern otaku or "geek" tradition of manga, anime, dress play, robots and games, readers will see how cultures collide in:

  • the wishes of the spirit: Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples
  • the humanities: dance, portray, anime and martial combat
  • the connection among hi-tech and old-tech: motorcycles and robots
  • style traits: from beautiful kimonos to hip haute couture
  • The which means of panorama: man-made islands and the magical energy of water

In this distinct selection of 25 essays, Whelan dives underneath the skin of Japan to permit readers event how paintings, technological know-how, religion and historical past mesh within the Kansai zone to supply a novel wellspring of conventional and smooth jap tradition.

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Gallions Reach

By H. M. Tomlinson

Gallions achieve is the tale of an East finish delivery clerk, Jim Colet, who, in a second of uprising opposed to the tyranny of lifeless paintings and a bullying supplier, reasons his boss’s dying with an unfortunate blow. He escapes to sea, with none transparent purpose of doing so, and turns into purser at the Altair, a steamer making her means around the Indian Ocean. The Altair is going down in a tropical hurricane; the staff are rescued via a liner, and Colet meets a prospector who takes him on an excursion into the depths of the Malay jungle. H. M. Tomlinson subtitled his novel ‘A romance’, and it really is in a feeling a romantic model of his personal existence; yet what makes it a vintage is his marvellous energy of description, and his outstanding command of what J. B. Priestley referred to as ‘a awesome and idiomatic prose kind, as person as a voice.
Tomlinson is without doubt one of the very small corporation of writers who've created classics out in their travels.

Gallions achieve used to be first released in 1927.

Electronic version released in 2014

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The Rough Guide to France

The final shuttle consultant to this assorted and gorgeous country.

With transparent, full-color maps, wonderful images, and exact assurance of the entire top French sights, this publication is filled with crucial and vast useful recommendation on what to work out and do.

Find pointers on exploring the country's striking landscapes, from the snowy slopes of the Alps and the watery plains of the Camargue to the colourful city of Paris and the glamour of the glitzy Côte d'Azur. there's lots of authoritative and enlightening historical past info, too, overlaying matters akin to France's stormy heritage, the tastiest foodstuff to aim, and the best wines to quaff. you could depend upon updated descriptions of the simplest lodges, bars, eating places, and retailers in France for all budgets.

Reliable and proficient, The tough consultant to France is your very important touring companion.

Make the main of a while with The tough advisor to France.

Series evaluate: For greater than thirty years, adventurous tourists have grew to become to tough courses for updated and intuitive info from professional authors. With opinionated and energetic writing, sincere experiences, and a powerful cultural history, tough publications go back and forth books convey greater than 2 hundred locations to existence. stopover at RoughGuides.com to benefit more.

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Off Track Planet's Brooklyn Travel Guide for the Young, Sexy, and Broke

By Freddie Pivovsky, Anna Starostinetskya

Following within the profitable footsteps of off beam Planet's go back and forth advisor for the younger, attractive, and Broke, this brand-new e-book within the off course Planet sequence will concentration fullyyt on Brooklyn, a tremendous vacation spot spot for the 20s and 30s crowd. lately, Brooklyn has boomed in reputation and folks stopover at from around the globe to discover the eating place scene, bars, and tradition that thrive during this well known city.

This edgy reference booklet is split into elements. the 1st half covers what to anticipate in Brooklyn together with style, healthiness and security, budgeting, and the place to stick. the second one half is prepared by means of local and what to do for enjoyable together with bars and partying, areas to go to, procuring, consuming, gala's, tattoo outlets, sightseeing, and extra. entire with predeparture feedback in addition to OTP counsel and enjoyable proof, this complete commute consultant additionally comprises two hundred+ photographs and illustrated maps for every local and is the single go-to consultant to Brooklyn you'll desire.

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Jupiters Travels: Four Years Around the World on a Triumph

By Ted Simon

Simon rode a bike all over the world within the seventies, while this sort of factor used to be exceptional. In 4 years he coated 78,000 miles via forty five international locations, residing with peasants and presidents, in prisons and palaces, via wars and revolutions. What distinguishes this ebook is that Simon used to be already an complete author. In 25 years this ebook has replaced many lives, and encouraged many to go back and forth, together with Ewan McGregor.

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Food Lovers' Guide to® Wisconsin: The Best Restaurants, Markets & Local Culinary Offerings (Food Lovers' Series)

The final consultant to Wisconsin's nutrients scene offers the interior scoop at the most sensible areas to discover, get pleasure from, and rejoice neighborhood culinary choices. Written for citizens and viewers alike to discover manufacturers and purveyors of tasty neighborhood specialties, in addition to a wealthy array of different, vital food-related details together with: nutrition fairs and culinary occasions; distinctiveness meals outlets; farmers’ markets and farm stands; stylish eating places and time-tested iconic landmarks; and recipes utilizing neighborhood constituents and traditions.

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Florida Keys Travel Reference Map 4th Ed 2014 1:120,000

This can be one our quietly-selling regular titles that one has a tendency to not detect until eventually it by surprise runs out of copies. This fourth variation has a brand new disguise picture, and a brand new locality map at the again disguise that truly emphasizes simply how shut Havana and Key West are to one another! The map itself is little-changed from the former variation; now we have visited the realm two times long ago couple of years and suppose that the data is either exact and complete. The map additionally comprises an inset of Key West exhibiting each highway within the city

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Feeding a Yen: Savoring Local Specialties, from Kansas City to Cuzco

By Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin hasn't ever been a champion of the “continental food” palaces he used to consult as los angeles Maison de los angeles Casa condominium. What he treasures is the wonderful neighborhood strong point. And he'll move at any place to discover one. because it occurs, a few of his favourite dishes are available basically of their native land. sign up for Trillin on his fascinating, humorous culinary adventures as he samples fried marlin in Barbados and the fish fry of his boyhood in Kansas urban. go back and forth along as he hunts for the real fish taco, and participates in a “boudin blitzkrieg” within the a part of Louisiana the place everyone is conversant in purchasing those highly spiced sausages and sharpening them off within the parking zone. (“Cajun boudin not just doesn’t get open air the kingdom, it always doesn’t even get home.”) In long island, Trillin even attempts to take advantage of an excellent neighborhood distinctiveness, the bagel, to trap his daughters again from California. Feeding a Yen is a pleasant reminder of why New York journal referred to as Calvin Trillin “our funniest meals writer.”

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On the Slow Train: Twelve Great British Railway Journeys

By Michael Williams

Never used to be the disappointment of the top of an affair so poignantly expressed than in Flanders and Swann's elegy The gradual Train. This beautifully-packaged ebook will take the reader at the sluggish educate to a different period while shuttle intended greater than hurrying from one position to the following, the adventure which means not anything yet time misplaced in crowded carriages, condemned by way of damaged timetables. On the sluggish Train will reconnect with that long-missed have to raise our heads from the day-by-day grind and mirror that there are nonetheless locations in Britain the place we will cease and stare. it is going to faucet into many stuff: a love of railways, a love of historical past, and a love of nostalgia. This publication might be a paean to a different age earlier than milk churns, porters, and cats on seats have been changed via safeguard bulletins and Burger King. These twelve superb trips may help unfastened us from what Baudelaire denounced as "the terrible burden of time."

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Man Seeks God: My Flirtations with the Divine

By Eric Weiner

whilst a well-being scare places him within the sanatorium, Eric Weiner-an agnostic by way of default-finds himself tangling with an unforeseen query, posed to him through a well-meaning nurse. "Have you came across your God yet?" The considered it nags him, and prods him-and eventually launches him on a far-flung trip to do exactly that.

Weiner, an established "spiritual voyeur" and inveterate visitor, realizes that whereas he has been aware of quite a lot of spiritual practices, he is by no means heavily thought of those recommendations in his personal lifestyles. nose to nose together with his personal mortality, and spurred on through the query of what non secular ideas to impart to his younger daughter, he comes to a decision to right this omission, project a global exploration of religions and hoping to return, if he can, to a private figuring out of the divine.

the adventure that effects is wealthy in perception, humor, and center. keen to do something to raised comprehend religion, and to discover the god or gods that talk to him, he travels to Nepal, the place he meditates with Tibetan lamas and a man named Wayne. He sojourns to Turkey, the place he whirls (not so good, because it seems) with Sufi dervishes. He heads to China, the place he makes an attempt to unblock his chi; to Israel, the place he reports Kabbalah, sans Madonna; and to Las Vegas, the place he has an in depth stumble upon with Raelians (followers of the world's greatest UFO-based religion).

At each one cease alongside the way in which, Weiner tackles our such a lot urgent non secular questions: the place will we come from? What occurs after we die? How should still we are living our lives? the place do all of the lacking socks pass? along with his trademark wit and heat, he leaves no stone unturned. At a time while extra american citizens than ever are deciding upon a brand new religion, and whilst religious questions loom huge within the glossy age, MAN SEEKS GOD provides a point of view on faith that's guaranteed to pride, encourage, and entertain.

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