Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo

Publisher: Raked Gravel Press
Formats: EPUB, Kindle/.mobi
Entry Type: E-Book
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About the Book

Motions and Moments is the third book on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These 42 new essays burrow into the unique patterns intense moments of life that suffuse the city and ponder what they mean to its millions of inhabitants.

Based on Pronko’s 18 years living, teaching and writing in Tokyo, these essays on how Tokyoites work, dress, commute, eat and sleep are steeped in insights into the city’s odd structures, intricate pleasures and engaging undertow.

Included are essays on living to size and loving the crowd, on Tokyo’s dizzying uncertainties and daily satisfactions, and on the 2011 earthquake. As in his first two books, this collection captures the ceaseless flow and passing flashes of life in biggest city in the world with gentle humor and rich detail.


About the Author

Michael-PronkoMichael Pronko is the author of three collections of essays about Tokyo: Beauty and Chaos, Tokyo’s Mystery Deepens, and Motions and Moments. He has written about Japanese culture, art, jazz, society, architecture and politics for Newsweek Japan, The Japan Times, Artscape Japan, and runs his own website, Jazz in Japan). He teaches American Literature and Culture (novels, film, art and music) at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo and after discussing Kurt Vonnegut or Jackson Pollock in class is in the right frame of mind to wander Tokyo contemplating its intensity. He puts up what he finds here: