The Bells of Old Tokyo: Travels in Japanese Time

by Anna Sherman

£9.99


Reserve a copy

×

Reserve a copy

Reserve a copy of The Bells of Old Tokyo: Travels in Japanese Time for collection at the Marlow Bookshop. If you provide your email address below, we will contact you when this title is ready for collection.

Non Fiction

Paperback

9781529000498

Books > Non Fiction

For over 300 years, Japan closed itself to outsiders, developing a remarkable and unique culture. During its period of isolation, the inhabitants of the city of Edo, later known as Tokyo, relied on its public bells to tell the time. In her remarkable book, Anna Sherman tells of her search for the bells of Edo, exploring the city of Tokyo and its inhabitants and the individual and particular relationship of Japanese culture – and the Japanese language – to time, tradition, memory, impermanence and history.

Through Sherman’s journeys around the city and her friendship with the owner of a small, exquisite cafe, who elevates the making and drinking of coffee to an art-form, The Bells of Old Tokyo presents a series of hauntingly memorable voices in the labyrinth that is the metropolis of the Japanese capital: An aristocrat plays in the sea of ashes left by the Allied firebombing of 1945. A scientist builds the most accurate clock in the world, a clock that will not lose a second in five billion years. A sculptor eats his father’s ashes while the head of the house of Tokugawa reflects on the destruction of his grandfather’s city (‘A lost thing is lost. To chase it leads to darkness’).

The result is a book that not only engages with the striking otherness of Japanese culture like no other, but that also marks the arrival of a dazzling new writer as she presents an absorbing and alluring meditation on life through an exploration of a great city and its people.

Letters from Lockdown by Foreword by Evan Davis | 9781784744342

Letters from Lockdown

Foreword by Evan Davis

£9.99

Antarctic Atlas by Peter Fretwell | 9781846149337

Antarctic Atlas

Peter Fretwell

£35.00

Anything is Possible by Gareth Southgate | 9781529135329

Anything is Possible

Gareth Southgate

£16.99

Couch Fiction by Philippa Perry, Flo Perry | 9780241461785

Couch Fiction

Philippa Perry, Flo Perry

£16.99

Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval | 9781409197393

Accidentally Wes Anderson

Wally Koval

£25.00

The Greatest Secret by Rhonda Byrne | 9780008447373

The Greatest Secret

Rhonda Byrne

£16.99