Cool Japan
Cool Japan

Cool Japan

A Guide to Tokyo, Kyoto, Tohoku and Japanese Culture Past and Present

Cool Japan Series


288 Pages, 5.25 x 8

Formats: Paperback, ebook: PDF, Mobipocket, ebook: EPUB

Paperback, $19.99 (US $19.99) (CA $26.99)

Publication Date: June 2018

ISBN 9781940842226


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A beautifully illustrated guide that explores everything from Japanese historic heroes to recent kawaii culture

Written by local expert Sumiko Kajiyama, Cool Japan explores the heart of Japanese culture and must-see places from a uniquely Japanese perspective. First, visit Kyoto, where you will discover 1,000 years of history, from the ancient love story the Tale of Genji to the traditional tea ceremony. Then head to Tokyo to experience Japan's cutting-edge capital, where the 21st-century kawaii culture collides with landmarks like the Kabuki-za Theater and the Imperial Palace. For a different perspective, venture outside the city to the serene towns of Tohoku, the region largely affected by the 2011 tsunami disaster. Informative, entertaining, and useful, this book is an ideal introduction for any traveler looking for a deeper understanding of Japanese culture, past and present.


"Few locations hold as much interest and require as thought-provoking a travel guide as Japan. This beautifully illustrated and formatted work by author and former TV producer Kajiyama (Ghibli Magic) is organized into three sections that focus on Kyoto, Tokyo, and Tohoku." —Library Journal

Author Biography

Sumiko Kajiyama is a journalist and scriptwriter residing in Japan. After working as a TV show director at KTV in Osaka, she lived in the U.S. for more than eight years while getting her Master of Media Communication from New York University and working at The Yomiuri America newspaper.