Frommer's Tokyo (Frommer's Complete Guides)

By Beth Reiber

  • Expert advice from an skilled writer. Our Frommer's Tokyo writer was the first US resident appointed a YOKOSO! Japan Ambassador via Japan's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, shipping, and Tourism for her a long time writing approximately Japan. she is going to supply necessary insights and suggestion and may express you the genuine middle of Tokyo.
  • Comprehensive and clear directions for navigating a fast moving and infrequently overwhelming city.
  • The better of each neighborhood, together with swanky retailers within the Ginza district, the Imperial Palace (home of Japan's emperor) within the Hibiya district, sumo wrestling stadiums within the city of Ryogoku, and complicated "lolita" (baby doll) and "cosplay" (anime personality) clothes you will see youngsters donning within the Harijuku district.
  • Options for each rate point, from luxury business hotels to cheap, miniscule "capsule hotels," from eating places serving beautiful kaiseki feasts to stand-up noodle homes, from high-end bars and clubs in the Ginza district to satisfied hours and dive bars in Shinjuku and Roppongi.
  • A convenient glossary of daily expressions and menu phrases, and our exact and necessary jap personality translations that can assist you spot institutions' signs.
  • Side trips to Kamakura, Nikko, Mashiko, Yokahama, Mount Fuji, and more.

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Asian Godfathers: Money and Power in Hong Kong and Southeast Asia

By Joe Studwell

Hong Kong and Southeast Asia are domestic to 5 hundred million humans, but their economies are ruled through purely fifty households whose pursuits diversity from banking to actual property, transport to sugar, playing to lumber. At their top, 8 of the world’s dozen richest males have been Southeast Asian, yet their names wouldn't be generic to such a lot normal readers of The Wall road Journal. a posh mythology surrounds those billionaires, yet in Asian Godfathers, Joe Studwell reveals that the evidence are much more striking than the myths. Studwell has spent fifteen years as a reporter within the sector, and he marshals his extraordinary assets to color intimate and revealing pix of the boys who regulate Southeast Asia. Studwell additionally presents us with a wealthy and deep knowing of the wider ancient, fiscal, and political impacts that experience formed Southeast Asia during the last a hundred and fifty years. Asian Godfathers is a riveting and illuminating booklet that lifts the curtain on a global of incredible secrecy and hypocrisy, and reveals—for the 1st time—who the leaders of 1 of the planet’s most vital and tumultuous markets particularly are, why they obtained to the head, and the way they retain themselves there.

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Himalayan Wonderland: Travels in Lahaul and Spiti

By Manohar Singh Gill

With sixteen black and white and eight color illustrations in the summertime of 1962, a stressed younger Indian administrator, Manohar Singh Gill, made an exhausting trip from the north Indian plains to the farthest reaches of the Indian Himalayas the Lahaul and Spiti valleys and spent a 12 months there, residing and dealing among the folk. Gill went directly to a unusual occupation within the civil prone and executive, yet his adventure of the relentless fantastic thing about those striking Himalayan deserts and the generosity of the folk of this land replaced him for all times. half memoir, half go back and forth booklet and half anthropology, Himalayan Wonderland is a witty, opinionated account of Gill s lifelong affair with this outstanding sector. The ebook, even if, is way a couple of guy s account of a spot ... it's a hopeful and enlightening view of the perform of management and the enjoyment of operating with humans. Illustrated with greater than 40 images taken by means of Gill himself, and together with targeted contour maps and data on hiking routes in Lahaul and Spiti, this can be a remarkably illuminating and available account of this remote land from the Sixties, while few knew in regards to the position, to at the present time s unpredictable global of receding glaciers and misplaced cultures.

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Drivers of Integration and Regionalism in Europe and Asia: Comparative perspectives (Routledge Research in Comparative Politics)

This booklet examines the drivers of regionalism and integration in either Europe and Asia and seeks to forge comparative views among the 2 regions.

Comprising contributions from students, analysts and policymakers, this quantity explores and debates how and why local our bodies corresponding to the ecu Union (EU) and the organization of Southeast Asian countries (ASEAN) are shaped and sustained. moreover, it examines the drivers of, and impediments to, regionalism and integration. The debates concerning what and who represent drivers are offered in a clean, thematic and finished demeanour. management and center states also are seriously tested, when fabric, ideational and normative components are all assessed relatively. considerably, in mild of the worldwide monetary drawback, the ebook considers the function of trouble as a motive force of regionalism and integration.

This ebook can be of curiosity to scholars, students and policymakers drawn to Asian and eu politics and comparative politics.

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The Secret History of the Mongol Queens: How the Daughters of Genghis Khan Rescued His Empire

By Jack Weatherford

The Mongol queens of the 13th century governed the most important empire the area has ever identified. but someday close to the top of the century, censors reduce a bit from The mystery heritage of the Mongols, leaving a unmarried tantalizing quote from Genghis Khan: “Let us present our woman offspring.” merely this trace of a father’s legacy for his daughters remained of a far better story. 

The queens of the Silk course grew to become their father’s conquests into the world’s first actually foreign empire, fostering alternate, schooling, and faith all through their territories and growing an economy that stretched from the Pacific to the Mediterranean. Outlandish tales of those strong queens trickled out of the Empire, surprising the electorate of Europe and and the Islamic world.

After Genghis Khan’s demise in 1227, conflicts erupted among his daughters and his daughters-in-law; what started as a conflict among robust ladies quickly grew to become a struggle opposed to girls in energy as brother became opposed to sister, son opposed to mom. on the finish of this epic fight, the dynasty of the Mongol queens had likely been extinguished perpetually, as even their names have been erased from the historic record.. 
some of the most strange and critical warrior queens of heritage arose to avenge the wrongs, rescue the tattered shreds of the Mongol Empire, and restoration order to a shattered global. placing on her quiver and choosing up her bow, Queen Mandhuhai led her squaddies via victory after victory. In her thirties she married a seventeen-year-old prince, and she or he bore 8 kids in the course of a occupation spent struggling with the Ming Dynasty of China on one part and a sequence of Muslim warlords at the different. Her extraordinary good fortune at the battlefield provoked the chinese language into the main frantic and costly section of wall construction in heritage. Charging into conflict even during pregnancy, she fought to reassemble the Mongol country of Genghis Khan and to maintain it for her personal kids to rule in peace.
on the end of his magnificently researched and ground-breaking narrative, Weatherford notes that, regardless of their secret and the efforts to erase them from our collective reminiscence, the deeds of those Mongol queens encouraged nice artists from Chaucer and Milton to Goethe and Puccini, and so their tales live to tell the tale this day. With The mystery heritage of the Mongol Queens, Jack Weatherford restores the queens’ lacking bankruptcy to the annals of history.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Floating Lives: The Media and Asian Diasporas (Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture)

By John Sinclair

Floating Lives is a different exam of media and communique inside diasporic ethnic groups, utilizing in-depth stories of a few of Australia's major Asian diasporic teams: the chinese language, Indian, Vietnamese, and Thai groups. Going past traditional cross-cultural stories of mainstream media intake, this e-book explores the ethnic neighborhood as a deciding upon strength in negotiating new hybrid identities and cultures―and demonstrates reports universal to diasporic groups around the globe.

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Cambodia's Curse: The Modern History of a Troubled Land

By Joel Brinkley

A new release after the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia indicates each signal of getting triumph over its history--the streets of Phnom Penh are paved; skyscrapers dot the skyline. yet below this façade lies a rustic nonetheless haunted by way of its years of terror.

Joel Brinkley gained a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting in Cambodia at the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime that killed one region of the nation's inhabitants in the course of its years in energy. In 1992, the area got here jointly to aid pull the small country out of the mire. Cambodia turned a United countries protectorate--the first and purely time the UN attempted anything so formidable. What did the recent, democratically-elected govt do with this remarkable present?

In 2008 and 2009, Brinkley back to Cambodia to determine. He chanced on a inhabitants within the grip of a venal executive. He realized that one-third to one-half of Cambodians who lived throughout the Khmer Rouge period have P.T.S.D.--and its afflictions are being handed to the following new release. His large close-up reporting in Cambodia's Curse illuminates the rustic, its humans, and the deep historic roots of its modern day behavior.

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Short History of Asia

By Colin Mason

This paintings provides a entire account of civilizations that had credits banking, mass construction industries and entire libraries of revealed books, whereas Europe was once nonetheless in the dead of night a long time. Colin Mason covers the historical past of the complete of Asia, from India to Japan, with specific emphasis at the pre-colonial interval. He additionally takes a severe examine imperialism and identifies Asian traditions which proceed to profoundly impact the trendy states. The chapters on fresh historical past are enlivened by way of the private adventure of the writer, who has lived and labored in just about all of them. this could be of curiosity to is the scholar, businessman and visitor who search to appreciate the Asian countries that now make up greater than 1/2 the human race.

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Witness to Transformation: Refugee Insights into North Korea

By Marcus Noland, Stephan Haggard

Regardless of its nuclear potential, in yes respects North Korea resembles a failed country sitting uneasily atop a moving inner beginning. This instability is due partly to the devastating famine of the Nineties, and the state's lack of ability to satisfy the industrial tasks that it had assumed--which compelled associations, organizations, and families to deal with the consequent demanding situations of protecting balance with restricted cooperation among the Korean executive and the overseas group. The useless reaction to the humanitarian difficulty caused by means of the famine led to the outflow of might be tens of hundreds of thousands of refugees, whose narratives are mostly ignored in comparing the efficacy of the humanitarian reduction software. Exploiting Refugee Insights into North Korea; makes use of large surveys with refugees, who now dwell in China or South Korea, to supply outstanding perception into the altering pathways to energy, wealth, and standing inside North Korea. those refugee stories offer a useful interpretation of the regime's motivations they usually verify the placement at the flooring with the increase of inequality, corruption, and disaffection within the decade because the famine. throughout the lens of those surveys, preeminent North Korean specialists Marcus Noland and Stephan Haggard rigorously rfile the country's transition from a centrally deliberate economic system to a hugely distorted industry economic system, characterised by means of endemic corruption and widening inequality. Noland and Haggard chart refugees' reactions to the present stipulations and view the disparity among the perceived and genuine merits of the foreign humanitarian reduction software skilled by means of this displaced inhabitants. eventually, the booklet examines those refugees' destiny clients for integration right into a new society.

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Curse of the Pogo Stick (Dr. Siri Paiboun, Book 5)

By Colin Cotterill

“[Cotterill’s] tales may possibly drift via on their humor and beautiful characters, however the cause his books come alive, the explanation his sequence is still worthy examining, is the author's deep realizing of those humans and their appealing, stricken land. This intensity permits him to deliver us there for a quick holiday, make us suppose, and nonetheless preserve us guffawing. Like Dr. Siri, Colin Cotterill has a slightly of magic approximately him.”—The Boston Globe

“Cotterill’s process in Curse of the Pogo Stick—so measured and offhand—actually achieves a notable feat: It cuts via the entire never-again media saturation genocidal regimes frequently generate, and it makes us take realize once again. We finish up being concerned approximately Cotterill’s characters, simply because they’re as a rule both good or a minimum of understandably fallacious and consequently human. by means of warding off the nastiness and nihilism of noir, they succeed in a sympathetic, soulful truth writers not often pull off.”—Paste Magazine

“Cotterill’s ironic pen [is] as sharp as ever.”—Kirkus Reviews

Auntie Bpoo, the transvestite fortune-teller of Vientiane, Laos, has foretold that the seventy-three-year-old newlywed Dr. Siri and his both mature bride can have childrens by way of the top of the 12 months. whilst Siri is helping Hmong villagers in danger, the prediction comes actual.

Colin Cotterill, writer of 5 earlier books within the Dr. Siri Paiboun sequence, lives in Chiang Mai, Thailand, along with his spouse. His books were booklet experience choices, and he gained the Dilys Award for Thirty-Three Teeth.

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