Through special introductions and personal favors, Victoria was able to attend one of Kyoto’s most prestigious tea schools, where this ago-old Japanese art has been preserved for generations and where she was taken under the wing of an American expatriate who became her mentor in the highly choreographed rituals of this extraordinary culinary discipline.
During her year in Kyoto, Victoria explored the mysterious and rarefied world of tea kaiseki, living a life inaccessible to most foreigners. She also discovered the beguiling realm of modern-day Japanese food—the restaurants, specialty shops, and supermarkets. She participated in many fast-disappearing culinary customs, including making mochi (chewy rice cakes) by hand, a beloved family ritual barely surviving in a mechanized age. She celebrated the annual cleansing rites of New Year’s, donning an elaborate kimono and obi for a thirty-four-course extravaganza. She includes twenty-five recipes for favorite dishes she encountered, such as Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl, Japanese Beef and Vegetable Hotpot, and Green-Tea Cooked Salmon Over Rice.
Untangling My Chopsticks is a sumptuous journey into the tastes, traditions, and exotic undercurrents of Japan. It is also a coming-of-age tale steeped in history and ancient customs, a thoughtful meditation on life, love, and learning in another land.
The chapters in Part One, Re-creating Spaces, introduce the notion that the spaces of travel were malleable, accommodating reconceptualization across interpretive frames. Laura Nenzi shows that, far from being static backgrounds, these travelscapes proliferated in a myriad of loci where one person s center was another s periphery. In Part Two, Re-creating Identities, we see how, in the course of the Edo period, educated persons used travel to, or through, revered lyrical sites to assert and enhance their roles and identities. Finally, in Part Three, Purchasing Re-creation, Nenzi looks at the intersection between recreational travel and the rising commercial economy, which allowed visitors to appropriate landscapes through new means: monetary transactions, acquisition of tangible icons, or other forms of physical interaction.
With good-natured chiding and humor, these shop-till-you-drop women amaze, frustrate, and charm their Japanese guides, family and friends as they trek from Mt. Fuji to Kumamoto.
Middle-aged sansei Leslee Inaba Wong balances the demands of travel with her newly diagnosed diabetes, while maintaining her New York brashness, tenacity, and perspective throughout.Her journey begins as a tourist, and becomes an odyssey as she uncovers her links to the land of her ancestry, in this honest story of self-discovery.
Midshipman, died while serving with the Royal Navy and was interred on the island
of Hiroshima in the Seto Inland Sea of Japan.
Up until recently Lake’s grave on Hiroshima had been identified only
by his family name ‘Lake,’ and he was described as an English officer who died while
serving on the Royal Navy survey ship, HMS Sylvia. However no further
information on Lake could be found until new research showed that in one important
detail these facts were wrong: namely that the ship had been incorrectly
identified as HMS Sylvia when in fact he died on HMS Manilla. From knowing
this, it has now been possible to give the young officer his full name, Frank
Toovey Lake, and to build an understanding of his life.
Since the burial the islanders have both maintained and improved
the grave until the present day. This led to admiration among the late-19th
century British community in Japan (including prominent members such as Sir Ernest
Satow and Thomas Glover), and a flurry of newspaper articles appeared around
the world in 1899 recounting the story and praising the conscientiousness of
the local people. Since then the grave’s story has made only sporadic appearances
in the media but continues to be celebrated locally.
This grave is far from unique: the graves of many foreigners can
be found in Japan, most within the foreign cemeteries in cities such as Tokyo,
Yokohama, Kobe and Nagasaki and to whose numbers we can add those of souls buried
at sea within Japan’s waters. But there are at least two good reasons to
celebrate its continued existence. First, in the mid-19th century as Japan
became more accessible to the outside world this created, at least initially, mutual
distrust between foreigners and Japanese; these newcomers were viewed as
barbarians and intruders (albeit at times justifiably), and this was a period
when some were slain and their vessels fired upon. So without suggesting that widespread
conflict existed - because it didn’t - nonetheless it is notable that during
this period a group of villagers decided to care for and not destroy the grave,
and that today this grave is as well tended as ever. Second, at one time Lake’s
death was commemorated on a monument in the churchyard of the village where he
was born. A few years ago that monument - along with other Toovey graves - was
swept away, the graveyard cleared for ease of maintenance, and all trace of
Frank Toovey Lake has now gone.
This story also touches on other aspects of Japan and Britain’s 19th
century history not least the display of typical contradictory characteristics
of Pax Britannica in the Inland Sea: the rapid deployment of the Royal Navy
into Japan’s territorial waters yet undertaking surveying and other benign
operations; the threat and occasional use of gunboat diplomacy, and at times an
arrogance towards the country yet countered by great affection for the place
and its people by some - or many -individuals. The story also involves
personalities such as Richard Henry Brunton, T B Glover and the British
diplomat Ernest Satow who took important roles in helping Japan develop. In
short, the story of Lake and his grave is more than the story of an individual
and a granite monument.
This classic book is the lifetime achievement of Countess Iso Mutsu (née Gertrude Ethel Passingham), a talented, inquisitive Englishwoman who against all odds married a Japanese diplomat at the turn of the century, and so came to live most of her life in this beautiful city.
Iso Mutsu was one of the first to discover that much of the magic of Kamakura today lies in fascinating historical events of the past, among them: the brilliant conquests of Minamoto no Yoritomo, the defiant dance of Shizuka Gozen at Hachiman Shrine, and the amazing rescue of Nichiren at Katase. Her brilliantly crafted accounts of these events, interwoven with walking tours of Kamakura, introduce the city's most important historical sites and explain why they are so famous.
Kamakura: Fact and Legend, the only book that Iso Mutsu wrote, is a testament to the devotion with which she succeeded in unlocking Kamakura's secrets for the outside world. The inspiration and reference for later works on Kamakura, this classic volume is both the original and the most in-depth guide to an ancient capital that continues to delight and amaze the traveler.
Dopo l’incredibile successo della prima edizione, Patrick Colgan ha aggiornato il suo racconto con nuovi materiali elaborati dopo gli ultimi viaggi. Ecco un nuovo capitolo su Kanazawa, una guida ai suoi ristoranti ramen preferiti di Tokyo e un utile glossario per aiutare chi arriva in questa terra per la prima volta a orientarsi tra le mille suggestioni del Paese del Sol Levante.
Patrick Colgan, giornalista e viaggiatore, vi immerge ancor di più nella cultura, nella natura e nella gastronomia giapponesi per raccontare la scoperta di un mondo all’apparenza incomprensibile. Un Paese, il Giappone, dove sentirsi un po’ persi può essere emozionante e nessun viaggio può mai dirsi davvero finito.