Kyoto may be full of hushed streets steeped in tradition and hidden institutions run by kimono-clad custodians but don’t be fooled: there’s more to this captivating city than timeworn teahouses and graceful geiko. Japan’s former capital has its own distinct identity, dialect and dishes, and beyond the Buddhist temples and Zen gardens you’ll find a dynamic city that’s constantly evolving.
We’ll introduce you to the innovative chefs making waves in the kitchen and the workshops that have been crafting cooking knives for generations. We’ll give you a rundown of the forward-thinking fashion retailers and reveal our favourite modernist architecture and mid- century monuments. Plus we’ll take you to the backstreets where bartenders mix punchy cocktails, and old-fashioned kissaten fend off young baristas with aplomb.
We’ve also included the stories of local gardeners, ryokan operators and architects, who invite you through the hanging noren of this most enigmatic of cities. Slip off your shoes and step right in.
About The Monocle Travel Guide Series:
Monocle reports from around the globe in print, on radio, and online. As its editors and correspondents dart from city to city, they get to know the best places to rest their heads, stretch their limbs, and kick back with a contact in a hard-to-find cocktail bar. That information is now available in Monocle’s Travel Guide Series: a line-up of titles that speaks to you in an informed but informal way about everything from architecture to art, late-night bars to early-morning markets.
These are books that go beyond the traditional tourist beats to make sure you get the best out of a city—no matter how short your stay. Designed to be compact and collectable, they are also discerning; Monocle’s team won’t list a hundred places to eat but they will tell you where’s best for everything from some tasty fast food to something truly celebratory.
Cities are fun. Let’s explore.
Cityguide - Travel
The Monocle Travel Guide Series – London
Vast and sprawling, a tangle of roads and lanes, a muddle of rising and falling neighborhoods: London can be a big beast to tame, even for the people who get to call it home. But this ever-changing and regenerating capital can also charm you with its beauty, from wind-rustled parks to that winding River Thames. […]225 SEK
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The Monocle Travel Guide Series – Tokyo
It would take a lifetime to get to know every facet of Tokyo—so large that it spreads as far as the eye can see. But look closely and you will find a city of exceptional charm and breathtaking efficiency. The Japanese capital is a fascinating tangle of opposites: the latest technology and traditional arts; crowded […]225 SEK
Food & Drink
JapanEasy: Classic and Modern Japanese Recipes to Cook at Home
What are your favorite Japanese dishes? Sushi? Surprisingly easy. Gyoza? Very easy. Karaage? Soooooo easy! Tempura? Stupidly easy. Yakitori, yakisoba, miso soup? Easy, easy, easy. It’s easy to be intimidated by Japanese food, but in JapanEasy, Tim Anderson offers an introduction to the world of Japanese cooking via some of its most accessible (but authentic) […]295 SEK