"Takes the sweeping size, bustle, and chaos of Tokyo and makes it small, introspective, and personal," Independent Publisher.
"Captures the essence and allure of Tokyo." Feathered Quill.
"A memoir to be savored like a fine red wine," Publishers Daily.
Motions and Moments captures the ceaseless flow and brief momentary dramas of the biggest city in the world with gentle humor and rich detail. As in his first two books, this third memoir of life in Tokyo explores the uniqueness of living in small spaces, learning to love crowds, sitting under cherry blossoms, and surviving the 2011 earthquake. These short, personal pieces go deeper into the fascinating undercurrents of life in Tokyo.
After two-plus decades living, teaching, and writing in Tokyo, the author remains fascinated by how Tokyoites work, commute, and eat standing up at elbow-bumping counters. With an eye for detail and a passion for the city, the writing is steeped in the city's perpetual energy. Motions and Moments is one American's exploration of the intricate life in one of the most dynamic places in the world.
Winner Best Indie Book Award Non-Fiction
Indie Groundbreaking Book Independent Publisher Book Review
Gold Award Readers' Favorite Non-Fiction Cultural
Gold Award Global E-Book Awards Travel Writing
Gold Award Non-Fiction Author's Association
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About the Author Pronko, Michael: - Michael Pronko is a Tokyo-based author who writes in three genres-murder, memoir and music. His first mystery, The Last Train, was selected as the winner of the Shelf Unbound Contest for Best Independently Published Book of 2018, and his second novel, The Moving Blade, won the Independent Press Award for Crime Fiction and was named by Kirkus Reviews as one of the best Indie Mysteries and Thrillers of 2018. The third in the series, Tokyo Traffic, was published in 2020. He has written about Japanese culture, art, jazz, society, architecture and politics for Newsweek Japan, The Japan Times, Artscape Japan, as well as other publications. He has appeared on NHK and Nippon Television doing video versions of his essays. He also runs his own website, Jazz in Japan (www.jazzinjapan.com). He teaches American Literature and Culture (novels, film, art and music) at Meiji Gakuin University in Tokyo. www.michaelpronko.com https: //www.facebook.com/pronkoauthor/ https: //www.instagram.com/michaelpronko/ @pronkomichael and the other usual suspects...