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A Tokyo romance : a memoir, Ian Buruma

Label
A Tokyo romance : a memoir
Title
A Tokyo romance
Title remainder
a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Ian Buruma
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A classic memoir of self-invention in a strange land: Ian Buruma's unflinching account of his amazing journey into the heart of Tokyo's underground culture as a young man in the 1970's. When Ian Buruma arrived in Tokyo in 1975, Japan was little more than an idea in his mind, a fantasy of a distant land. A sensitive misfit in the world of his upper middle class youth, what he longed for wasn<U+2019>t so much the exotic as the raw, unfiltered humanity he had experienced in Japanese theater performances and films, witnessed in Amsterdam and Paris. One particular theater troupe, directed by a poet of runaways, outsiders, and eccentrics, was especially alluring, more than a little frightening, and completely unforgettable. If Tokyo was anything like his plays, Buruma knew that he had to join the circus as soon as possible. Tokyo was an astonishment. Buruma found a feverish and surreal metropolis where nothing was understated<U+2014>neon lights, crimson lanterns, Japanese pop, advertising jingles, and cabarets. He encountered a city in the midst of an economic boom where everything seemed new, aside from the isolated temple or shrine that had survived the firestorms and earthquakes that had levelled the city during the past century. History remained in fragments: the shapes of wounded World War II veterans in white kimonos, murky old bars that Mishima had cruised in, and the narrow alleys where street girls had once flitted. Buruma<U+2019>s Tokyo, though, was a city engaged in a radical transformation. And through his adventures in the world of avant garde theater, his encounters with carnival acts, fashion photographers, and moments on-set with Akira Kurosawa, Buruma underwent a radical transformation of his own. For an outsider, unattached to the cultural burdens placed on the Japanese, this was a place to be truly free. A Tokyo Romance is a portrait of a young artist and the fantastical city that shaped him. With his signature acuity, Ian Buruma brilliantly captures the historical tensions between east and west, the cultural excitement of 1970s Tokyo, and the dilemma of the gaijin in Japanese society, free, yet always on the outside. The result is a timeless story about the desire to transgress boundaries: cultural, artistic, and sexual
Biography type
autobiography
Cataloging source
CaOWTO
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Buruma, Ian
Dewey number
792.0952/135
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Buruma, Ian
  • Buruma, Ian
  • Outcasts
  • Theater
  • Tokyo (Japan)
Target audience
adult
Label
A Tokyo romance : a memoir, Ian Buruma
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
243 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9781101981412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1872301
  • 867269
Label
A Tokyo romance : a memoir, Ian Buruma
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Extent
243 pages
Immediate source of acquisition
LSC
Isbn
9781101981412
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • 1872301
  • 867269

Library Locations

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      43.1603307 -79.2460639
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