Frommer's Tokyo (Frommer's Complete Guides)

By Beth Reiber

  • Expert advice from an skilled writer. Our Frommer's Tokyo writer was the first US resident appointed a YOKOSO! Japan Ambassador through Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, delivery, and Tourism for her decades writing approximately Japan. she is going to supply invaluable insights and suggestion and may exhibit you the true center of Tokyo.
  • Comprehensive and clear directions for navigating a fast moving and sometimes overwhelming city.
  • The better of each neighborhood, together with swanky retailers within the Ginza district, the Imperial Palace (home of Japan's emperor) within the Hibiya district, sumo wrestling stadiums within the city of Ryogoku, and difficult "lolita" (baby doll) and "cosplay" (anime personality) clothes you will see young ones donning within the Harijuku district.
  • Options for each rate point, from luxury business hotels to cheap, miniscule "capsule hotels," from eating places serving beautiful kaiseki feasts to stand-up noodle homes, from high-end bars and clubs in the Ginza district to chuffed hours and dive bars in Shinjuku and Roppongi.
  • A convenient glossary of daily expressions and menu phrases, and our detailed and imperative jap personality translations that will help you spot institutions' signs.
  • Side trips to Kamakura, Nikko, Mashiko, Yokahama, Mount Fuji, and more.

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The Emperor Far Away: Travels at the Edge of China

By David Eimer

In 1949, Mao Zedong introduced the beginning of the People’s Republic of China, a proclamation to the area that, after centuries of warfare and social clash, China had emerged as one state. given that then, this concept has been propagated via declares of marches and mass demonstrations of solidarity, designed for the good thing about the overseas neighborhood. for plenty of residing within the great state, notwithstanding, the outdated chinese language adage holds real: "the mountains are excessive and the emperor is way away."

Bordered via fourteen nations, China will be regarded as extra a continent than a rustic, and but it really is governed as one and handled so via political and monetary commentators, who consult with a historically "Chinese" lifestyle. Few Westerners make it some distance past the most important towns, and the chinese language govt has made it tricky to take action. David Eimer undertook a perilous trip to China’s unexplored frontiers, to the outer reaches the place Beijing's energy has little effect. His chronicle shines new gentle at the world’s so much populous state, displaying truly that China continues to be in lots of methods a divided state.

Traveling in the course of the Islamic components of Xinjiang province, into the forbidden area of Tibet and throughout course 219, which runs the tough boundary shared with India, the one disputed frontier in China, Eimer exposes the country’s internal clash. all of the tensions in China today--from its struggle opposed to medicinal drugs and terrorism and the volatile relationships it continues with Russia and Korea to its inner social issues--take on new which means while noticeable from China’s so much distant corners. The Emperor some distance Away is an excellent melding of journalism and historical past and crucial analyzing for an individual attracted to modern China.

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The Road of Lost Innocence: The True Story of a Cambodian Heroine

By Somaly Mam

A riveting and lovely memoir of tragedy and hope–by a lady named to Time magazine’s checklist of the a hundred so much influential humans on the earth

Born in a village deep within the Cambodian woodland, Somaly Mam was once bought into sexual slavery by way of her grandfather whilst she used to be twelve years outdated. For the subsequent decade she used to be shuttled in the course of the brothels that make up the sprawling intercourse alternate of Southeast Asia. She suffered unspeakable acts of brutality and witnessed horrors that may hang-out her for the remainder of her life–until, in her early twenties, she controlled to flee. not able to overlook the ladies she left in the back of, Mam grew to become a tenacious and courageous chief within the struggle opposed to human trafficking, rescuing intercourse workers–some as younger as 5 and six–offering them look after, rehabilitation, therapeutic, and love and best them into new life.

Written in beautiful, spare, unflinching prose, The highway of misplaced Innocence is a memoir that might depart you awestruck via the braveness and energy of this impressive lady and may renew your religion within the energy of someone to lead to switch.

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Mao: The Real Story

This significant new biography of Mao makes use of huge Russian records formerly unavailable to biographers to bare marvelous information about Mao’s upward thrust to energy and management in China.

This significant new biography of Mao makes use of huge Russian records formerly unavailable to biographers to bare mind-blowing information about Mao’s upward push to energy and his management in China.

Mao Zedong used to be the most vital figures of the 20 th century, an important within the historical past of recent China. a posh determine, he was once champion of the bad and brutal tyrant, poet and despot.

Pantsov and Levine convey Mao’s relentless force to be successful, vividly describing his growing to be function within the nascent Communist occasion of China. They reveal startling evidence approximately his own lifestyles, rather relating to his future health and his lifelong serial affairs with younger women. They painting him because the dependable Stalinist that he used to be, who by no means broke with the Soviet Union until eventually after Stalin’s demise.

Mao introduced his nation from poverty and financial backwardness into the fashionable age and onto the realm level. yet he used to be additionally chargeable for an unparalleled death. The disastrous nice step forward with its accompanying famine and the bloody Cultural Revolution have been Mao’s creations. the world over Mao started to distance China from the USSR less than Khrushchev and shrewdly renewed kin with the U.S. as a counter to the Soviets. He lived and behaved as China’s final emperor.

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China Goes Global: The Partial Power

Such a lot worldwide voters are good conscious of the explosive development of the chinese language economic system. certainly, China has famously develop into the "workshop of the world." but, whereas China watchers have shed a lot gentle at the country's inner dynamics--China's politics, its giant social adjustments, and its monetary development--few have fascinated by how this more and more robust kingdom has develop into extra lively and assertive in the course of the international.

In China is going Global, eminent China pupil David Shambaugh provides the ebook that many were ready for--a sweeping account of China's becoming prominence at the foreign degree. Thirty years in the past, China's function in worldwide affairs past its rapid East Asian outer edge used to be decidedly minor and it had little geostrategic energy. this day in spite of the fact that, China's increasing monetary energy has allowed it to increase its succeed in almost everywhere--from mineral mines in Africa, to forex markets within the West, to oilfields within the center East, to agribusiness in Latin the US, to the factories of East Asia. Shambaugh deals an enlightening check out the manifestations of China's international presence: its broad advertisement footprint, its starting to be army energy, its expanding cultural impression or "soft power," its diplomatic task, and its new prominence in international governance associations.

But Shambaugh isn't any alarmist. during this balanced and well-researched quantity, he argues that China's international presence is extra extensive than deep and that China nonetheless lacks the effect befitting an incredible global power--what he phrases a "partial power." He attracts on his many years of China-watching and his deep wisdom of the topic, and exploits a large choice of formerly untapped resources, to shed necessary gentle on China's present and destiny roles in international affairs.

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The Silk Road: A New History

By Valerie Hansen

The Silk street is as iconic in international historical past because the Colossus of Rhodes or the Suez Canal. yet what was once it, precisely? It inspires a hazy photograph of a caravan of camels weighted down with silk on a dusty barren region music, achieving from China to Rome. the truth was once different--and way more interesting--as printed during this new history.

In The Silk Road, Valerie Hansen describes the extraordinary archeological reveals that revolutionize our knowing of those exchange routes. for hundreds of years, key documents remained hidden--sometimes intentionally buried via bureaucrats for secure maintaining. however the sands of the Taklamakan wilderness have published attention-grabbing fabric, occasionally preserved via illiterate locals who recycled authentic records to make insoles for footwear or clothing for the lifeless. Hansen explores seven oases alongside the line, from Xi'an to Samarkand, the place retailers, envoys, pilgrims, and tourists jumbled together cosmopolitan groups, tolerant of religions from Buddhism to Zoroastrianism. there has been no unmarried, non-stop street, yet a series of markets that traded among east and west. China and the Roman Empire had little or no direct alternate. China's major companions have been the peoples of modern day Iran, whose tombs in China demonstrate a lot approximately their Zoroastrian ideals. Silk was once no longer an important strong at the street; paper, invented in China earlier than Julius Caesar used to be born, had a much bigger impression in Europe, whereas metals, spices, and glass have been simply as vital as silk. might be most important of all used to be the road's transmission of principles, applied sciences, and creative motifs.

The Silk Road is an interesting tale of archeological discovery, cultural transmission, and the problematic chains throughout crucial Asia and China.

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The Monkey King's Amazing Adventure: A Journey to the West in Search of Enlightenment

By Wu Cheng'en

Trip to the West is likely one of the maximum Classical Novels of chinese language literature. initially released within the 1590s through the Ming Dynasty, by means of Wu Cheng'en.

The novel is a legendary tale of the legends round a chinese language Buddhist monk's quest to India to procure Buddhist non secular textual content. The monk and has 4 animal protectors- disciples — specifically the Monkey King, Pigsy the Pig, a River Demon and a Dragon prince who acts because the monk's horse. those 4 characters have agreed to assist the monk as an atonement for prior sins.

Part of the novel's enduring reputation comes from the truth that it really works on a number of degrees: it truly is an event tale, a dispenser of religious perception, and a longer allegory within which the gang of pilgrims touring towards India stands for the person travelling towards enlightenment.

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Yakuza Pride (The Way of the Yakuza Book 1)

By H.J. Brues

Whilst yakuza underboss Shigure Matsunaga meets Kenneth Harris at a humdrum social occasion, he’s shocked to discover himself interested in the blond gaijin with the mismatched eyes. Shigure is much more happy whilst he discovers Ken not just speaks jap fluently, yet is fluent in Japan's methods, even the extra violent of the martial arts. Ken’s services at kendo isn't his so much extraordinary quality—it’s the eagerness underneath his quiet, nearly fragile external that ignites Shigure's lust, and the 2 come jointly as explosively as they spar.

Shigure is a deadly guy in a perilous place. He’s been attempting to retain the peace with the Daito-kai—his hated rivals—but the chance at the streets is escalating, threatening these Shigure so much desires to defend. He might declare to like his gaijin, yet sooner than he can preserve Ken secure, Shigure must triumph over hostility from his humans, a hidden enemy, and, the main insidious opponent of all, his personal hard-won delight.

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Forgotten Wars: The End of Britain's Asian Empire

By Christopher A. Bayly, Tim Harper

This impressive ebook is a bright, hugely unique account of the production of a brand new Asia after the second one global warfare - an unstoppable wave of nationalism that swept the British Empire apart. It tells the definitive tale of the way India, Pakistan, Burma and Malaysia got here into lifestyles and the way British interference in Vietnam and Indonesia fatally formed these countries' futures.

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