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Tokyo Underworld

Author : Robert Whiting
ISBN : 9781780335179
Genre : True Crime
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In 1945, as part of the Occupation forces sent to postwar Japan Nick Zappetti, a native of Italian East Harlem, entered a world as strange as any he had ever know, In postwar Tokyo, however, he realised there were certain opportunities. He had a failed stint as a professional wrestler, and participated in a fumbled (but famous) diamond heist. He was deported but managed to return with the assistance of the Mafia. Then Nick opened a pizza joint in what would be the centre of Tokyo's nightlife and became "the king of Roppongi and Mafia boss of Tokyo," and the intimate of some of Japan's most notorious underworld figures as well as many of its political and business leaders. Following Zappetti's rising and falling fortunes, and his love-hate relationship with his adopted country, Robert Whiting show us the sinister (and sometimes ridiculous) goings-on among Tokyo's traditional criminal gangs as they developed from local racketeers and gamblers into lynchpins of international finance, politics and corruption. Here is a fresh perspective on postwar Japan and how it went from being a defeated nation to an economic player, with a little help from some less than diplomatic friends.
Category: True Crime

Historical Dictionary Of Tokyo

Author : Roman Cybriwsky
ISBN : 9780810874893
Genre : History
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Tokyo is Japan's largest city and its capital. It is also one of the largest cities in the world and a major center of global economic influence. The origins of human settlement in what is today Tokyo are lost in prehistory. The city started out quite modestly as a small castle town of Edo in 1457, then the center of the Tokugawa shogunate from 1603-1868, the rapidly modernizing and Westernizing capital of the nation during the Meiji Period (1868-1912), and the capital of a prosperous nation and growing empire thereafter. Tokyo was utterly devastated during World War II, but this was not the first time Tokyo had to start seemingly from new. Due to many fires and earthquakes, the city has constantly rebuilt itself and today it outdoes all its previous emanations by far. The second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Tokyo is a much-needed reference source on the city. This is done through a chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 600 cross-referenced dictionary entries on people, places, events, and other terminology about the city of Tokyo. This book is a must for anyone interested in Japan and Tokyo.
Category: History

Insight Guides City Guide Tokyo Travel Guide Ebook

Author : Insight Guides
ISBN : 9781839052309
Genre : Travel
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Insight Guides City Guide Tokyo Travel made easy. Ask local experts. Explore one of the most exciting cities in the world with this inspirational travel guide. Get Olympic ready with this inspirational full-colour city guide book to Tokyo. It's all a traveller needs to explore Tokyo in-depth during their 2020 Olympic adventure. From deciding when to go, to choosing what to see when you arrive, this guide to Tokyo is all you need to plan your trip and experience the best this city has to offer, with insider information on must-see, top attractions like Senso-ji, Roppongi and the Imperial Palace, together with cultural experiences like enjoying a soothing soak in an onsen with some locals, picnicking in the blossom-strewn Yogogi Park and soaking up the atmosphere in the city's famous Cat's House. Features of this travel guide to Tokyo: - Inspirational colour photography: discover the best destinations, sights and excursions, and be inspired by stunning imagery - Historical and cultural insights: immerse yourself in Tokyo's rich history and culture, and learn all about its people, art and traditions - Practical full-colour maps: with every major sight and listing highlighted, the full-colour maps make on-the-ground navigation easy - Editor's Choice: uncover the best of Tokyo with our pick of the city's top destinations - Key tips and essential information: packed full of important travel information, from transport and tipping to etiquette and hours of operation - Covers: Imperial Palace; Marunouchi; Nihombashi; Yurakucho; Ginza; Shiodome; Ikebukuro; Shinjuku; Aoyama and Omotesando; Harajuku and Shibuya; Roppongi; Shinagawa; Ueno; Yanesen and Hongo; Asakusa; Suidobashi; Ochanomizu; Kanda; Akihabara; Sumida River and Bayside Looking for a comprehensive guide to Japan? Check out Insight Guide Japan for a detailed and entertaining look at all the country has to offer. About Insight Guides: Insight Guides is a pioneer of full-colour guide books, with almost 50 years' experience of publishing high-quality, visual travel guides with user-friendly, modern design. We produce around 400 full-colour print guide books and maps, as well as phrase books, picture-packed eBooks and apps to meet different travellers' needs. Insight Guides' unique combination of beautiful travel photography and focus on history and culture create a unique visual reference and planning tool to inspire your next adventure.
Category: Travel

Tokyo Guide

Author : Time Out
ISBN : 0140284605
Genre : Tokyo (Japan)
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The Tokyo Guide is packed with vital information for both first-time tourists and experienced business travelers. Written by journalists and writers living in the Japanese capital, this guide takes the lid off one of the most exciting and mysterious cities in the world, with a guide to Japanese food -- what to eat and how to order it -- walking tours of Tokyo's most vibrant districts, a thorough shopping guide, language survival tips, and a mini-guide to Yokohama, Japan's second city, thirty minutes away.
Category: Tokyo (Japan)


Author : Francis Dorai
ISBN : 9814137596
Genre : Travel
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Essays discuss the people, history, and institution of Tokyo, Japan and are accompanied by tips for visitors.
Category: Travel

The Rough Guide To Tokyo

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105133414297
Genre : Tokyo (Japan)
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Category: Tokyo (Japan)

American Maverick In Japan

Author : Tony Teora
ISBN : 9780595314287
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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I first met Richard Roa in the fall of 1989. I was in the middle of researching Tokyo Underworld and someone had suggested I interview him because he knew the main character of the book, Nick Zapetti, and also because he worked for a time as a consultant to the Toa-Sogo Kigyo, a real-estate/leisure outfit based in Roppongi, which was, in fact, a transmogrification of the infamous Tokyo gang, the Tosei-kai, a yakuza organization which occupied another major part of the book. My scheduled two-hour interview with Rick Roa metastasized into several lengthy Q&A session because the stories this man had to tell were so damned interesting, starting with the chilling tale he told of being caught in a Tokyo mob run clip joint and what he had to do to get his money back. There was more-his hilarious tale of the American Train venture, his experiences as a bartender in the Ginza's most exclusive (and expensive) hostess club, his adventures with Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston in Japan. But, unfortunately, I could not use much of the material because it did not impact directly on the central thesis of Underworld, which dealt with the corrupt side of the U.S.-Japan relationship. But I always thought that it would make a good book one day, and lo and behold, here it is. I'm sure readers will enjoy this book as much as I did. Robert Whiting, Kamakura, 2004 Author of The Tokyo Underworld
Category: Biography & Autobiography


Author : Stephen Mansfield
ISBN : UOM:39015080846648
Genre : Japanese literature
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Tokyo is a vibrant city where the cultures of the East and the West are remixed into perceptibly Japanese forms. This book traces the cultural and literary history of Tokyo from an obscure fishing village to one of the largest metropolises in the world.
Category: Japanese literature


Author : Brian Bell
ISBN : 9812586008
Genre : Travel
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The 'Insight Guides' feature colour photographs, going beyond the landmarks, with up-to-date tips on travel, excursions, accommodation and restaurants. This volume looks at Japan's history, culture, arts and people.
Category: Travel


Author : David E. Kaplan
ISBN : 9780520953819
Genre : Social Science
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Known for their striking full-body tattoos and severed fingertips, Japan's gangsters comprise a criminal class eighty thousand strong--more than four times the size of the American mafia. Despite their criminal nature, the yakuza are accepted by fellow Japanese to a degree guaranteed to shock most Westerners. Yakuza is the first book to reveal the extraordinary reach of Japan's Mafia. Originally published in 1986, it was so controversial in Japan that it could not be published there for five years. But in the west it has long served as the standard reference on Japanese organized crime and has inspired novels, screenplays, and criminal investigations. This twenty-fifth anniversary edition tells the full story or Japan's remarkable crime syndicates, from their feudal start as bands of medieval outlaws to their emergence as billion-dollar investors in real estate, big business, art, and more.
Category: Social Science

This Sporting Life

Author : William Wright Kelly
ISBN : UOM:39015077680489
Genre : Body, Human
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Category: Body, Human


Author : Jason Bennett
ISBN : 0954564839
Genre : Creative writing
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Category: Creative writing

Tokyo Junkie

Author : Robert Whiting
ISBN : 9781611729498
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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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.
Category: Biography & Autobiography

The Film Daily

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105005914408
Genre : Film criticism
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Category: Film criticism

Japan In Transformation 1952 2000

Author : Jeff Kingston
ISBN : UOM:39015056494365
Genre : History
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AUTHOR copy: Japan in Transformation explores the conservative inertias and progressive yearnings that characterise contemporary Japan. The second half of the twentieth century was a tumultuous period that transformed the way Japanese view the world and act in it. This ideological transformation was driven by and reinforced institutional changes, economic development, political ferment and the dynamic tension between prevailing norms and shifting realities. While focusing on transformation, this book is sensitive to the incremental and cumulative nature of change and howthe past resonates powerfully in the present. Old verities linger and influence the patterns, pace and nature of ongoing changes. As Japan enters the twenty first century, it is in the midst of a third great transformation on a par with the Meiji Restoration (1868) and the US Occupation (1945-52) and it is not yet certain whether Japan will yet again emerge from considerable adversity with the same degree of success it enjoyed in the past. The various forces that are driving the metamorphosis of modern Japan are exposing the limits of the postwar model. The logic of the economic and political arrangements that have prevailed are changing, with profound consequences for society. There is ambivalence about the rapidity of change and the erosion of tenets many Japanese feel have been important to their identity as people, cohesion as a community and success as a renovating democracy, taming militarism and rejoining the community of industrialized societies, but seems to have done a better job in containing and coping with these problems. This interpretive history focuses on the economic miracle, how Japan's troubled past in Asia is debated among Japanese and how it influences its contemporary regional relations, the changing role of women, the implications of Japan's demographic time bomb, the Third Transformation and the Lost Decade of the 1990s.
Category: History


Author : Scott Rutherford
ISBN : 981234828X
Genre : Travel
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Discusses Japan's history, culture, arts, and people, while offering details on attractions, accommodations, restaurants, and advice on traveling throughout the country.
Category: Travel

Publishers Weekly

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105025504585
Genre : American literature
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Category: American literature