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Interesting, odd, outrageous or informative quotes about Japan

Tokyolife Art and Design- quotes from the coffee table book

“No other capital has been devastated so often and so spectacularly in any national cinema [as Tokyo], from the gleeful abandon wrought by Godzilla…to the post-apocalyptic nightmares of Otomo Katsuhiro’s animated epic, Akira” Ian Luna, Tokyolife Art and Design pg 12

“More than any other city, Tokyo demonstrates that ‘city’ is a verb and not a noun” Mori Toshiko, Tokyolife Art and Design pg 7


“A Rockerfeller Center manque clad in a humorless variant of American corporate modernism” Tokyo Midtown according to Ian Luna, Tokyolife Art and Design pg 10

 

“honne and tatemae, the bifurcation of the Japanese soul into a ‘true self’ and a ‘public self’…and the general inability of most Japanese to meet its unremitting demands, have for a millenium supplied all of the dramas of Japanese life. The tacit imperative to reconcile one’s honne and tatemae had inculcated a pervasive weariness that eagerly welcomed the seductive, foreign alternatives” Ian Luna, Tokyolife Art and Style pg 13

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