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Tokyo Junkie : 60 years of bright lights and back alleys . . . and baseball / Robert Whiting.

Author/Creator:
Whiting, Robert, author.
Publication:
Berkeley, California : Stone Bridge Press, [2021]
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Book
382 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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60 years of bright lights and back alleys . . . and baseball
Sixty years of bright lights and back alleys . . . and baseball
Subjects:
Whiting, Robert.
Journalists -- Japan -- Biography.
Tokyo (Japan) -- History -- 1945-.
Tokyo (Japan) -- Social life and customs -- 1945-.
Journalists.
Manners and customs.
Japan.
Japan -- Tokyo.
Form/Genre:
Autobiographies.
Biographies.
History.
Autobiographies.
Summary:
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.
Contents:
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.
Notes:
Includes index.
ISBN:
9781611720679
1611720672
OCLC:
1196240400