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Tokyo Junkie is a memoir that plays out over the dramatic 60-year growth of the megacity Tokyo, once a dark, fetid backwater and now the most populous, sophisticated, and safe urban capital in the world. Follow author Robert Whiting (The Chrysanthemum and the Bat, You Gotta Have Wa, Tokyo Underworld) as he watches Tokyo transform during the 1964 Olympics, rubs shoulders with the Yakuza and comes face to face with the city's dark underbelly, interviews Japan's baseball elite after publishing his first best-selling book on the subject, and learns how politics and sports collide to produce a cultural landscape unlike any other, even as a new Olympics is postponed and the COVID virus ravages the nation. A colorful social history of what Anthony Bourdain dubbed, "the greatest city in the world," Tokyo Junkie is a revealing account by an accomplished journalist who witnessed it all firsthand and, in the process, had his own dramatic personal transformation.
Machine generated contents note: THE SOLDIER Tokyo. Winter. 1962: "The Most Dynamic City on Earth" A Little History Roppongi Happy Valley Dr. Sato: The Smell of Freshly Dried Asphalt Yoyogi Park October 1964: "The Greatest Olympics Ever" Alien Demons and Witches Dark Side of the Olympics THE STUDENT You Speak That Shit? Komagome: Life in the Low City Water for Tea Ryogoku: Sumo Town Izakaya Nights "Meet Me at the Hour of the Horse" "Japanese Politics Is All about Money" "Yankee Go Home" THE DEGENERATE Zen Cathedral "The Devil's Vest" Salaryman Ten Minutes to Kabuki-cho Yakuza: Into the Abyss Gaijin Complex THE PENITENT New York Hegira Riki Mansion and Giant Baba The Chrysanthemum and the Bat Crazy Wright The Destroyer Reggie: On Racism in Japan THE PROFESSIONAL Tokyo Media Kisha Club / Blacklist Bubble Era Kamakura You Gotta Have Wa Shintaro Ishihara: "I Am Not the Devil" Tokyo Dome Burst Bubble Nicola: "The Mafia Boss of Tokyo" THE RECKONING NYC vs. Tokyo: "It's Time to Come Home" Lost Decade Tokyo Underworld 1999: "We Hope This Finds You in Good Health" Roppongi Hills: Curse of the Dead Souls The Nomo Effect FCCJ: "Drunken Brawls" Nightmare in the City of Ghosts A Lid on Garbage 2020 Games: A "Mild and Sunny" Summer Partners in Crime THE ROJIN Tokyo and the Coronavirus The Most Organized City in the World The Summing Up.