Tokyo Capital of Cool

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Take a photo tour of Japan’s capital of cool with this alternative Tokyo guidebook!

From the chic streets of Omotesando to the Tosho-gu shrine complex in Nikko, built to consecrate the Edo-era shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu, award-winning author Rob Goss takes readers through the patchwork of varied districts and sights that make up Tokyo and its neighboring towns.Tokyo: Capital of Cool delves into Tokyo’s defining traits including the city’s Edo-era roots; its thirst to both modernize and yet retain its traditions; its culinary heritage; and the impact of its vibrant youth.

You’ll be amazed at the vivid photographs and the in-depth language that goes far beyond the boundaries of a normal guidebook in offering insights into one of the world’s greatest cities. In Tokyo: Capital of Cool, you’ll discover ideas and inspiration for places to visit, a window onto this unique location, and a deeper understanding of its people and Japanese culture.

Kyoto City of Zen

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This travel pictorial and Japan travel guide captures the sites and soul of Kyoto—Japan’s historic and spiritual centre.

An elaborate kaleidoscope of craft, artistry and religion, Kyoto is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. Art and design form the weft and warp of this vibrant 1,200-year-old city, home to hundreds of gardens, palaces, villas and magnificent wooden temples, including seventeen UNESCO World Heritage sites.

Like a Zen koan, Kyoto defies easy description. Its citizens may work at Nintendo designing video games, at a company designing precision medical instruments, or sitting cross-legged meticulously affixing micro-thin flakes of gold foil onto a painting. All of them share a living heritage grounded in centuries of traditional culture.

In Kyoto: City of Zen, local Kyoto expert Judith Clancy presents the most important gardens, temples, shrines and palaces of this ancient capital city and enduring cultural centre. In addition to unveiling the city’s spiritual and historical riches, this travel book shares with readers the exquisite foods, artistic crafts, religious ceremonies and architectural traditions that have flourished in Kyoto for over a millennium. Tea ceremonies, calligraphy, weaving, pottery, painting, drama, and many more traditional arts and crafts are presented through more than 350 photographs by Ben Simmons, whose images capture the true essence of Kyoto. The city’s natural setting also comes into focus as you walk along leafy mountain paths and through spectacular parks and gardens viewing the best foliage each season has to offer.

Kyoto 29 Walks in Japan’s Ancient Capital

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Kyoto is Japan’s ancient capital and modern-day center of tourism and traditional culture. Founded nearly 1,300 years ago and undamaged by the war, Kyoto today is one of the world’s most beautiful and historic cities, home to 17 World Heritage sites and over 2,000 temples and shrines.Kyoto presents 29 easy-to-follow walking tours through the city’s 1,300 years of history, its many unique districts and scenic areas full of charm and character. This updated, greatly expanded guide features over 100 color photos, as well as approximately 40 brand new, full-color guide maps and diagrams of individual sites.

Camino Frances

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The 2015 Camino Frances guide produced by the confraternity of St James in Britain is now available. This little guide is updated every year largely with information from pilgrims who have most recently completed the journey. It provides brief details of the sites of special historic or religious interest that are found to be along the way. Suggestions are made as to where to sleep, eat and shop for food. The accommodation listed covers a wide range of prices although the emphasis is on cheaper better value-for-money establishments. The list is not exhaustive.