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Heroes - Mortals And Monsters, Quests And Adventures (Paperback): Stephen Fry Heroes - Mortals And Monsters, Quests And Adventures (Paperback)
Stephen Fry
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The dazzling companion volume to the bestselling Mythos.

Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera.

Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best.

Skin Deep - Journeys In The Divisive Science Of Race (Hardcover): Gavin Evans Skin Deep - Journeys In The Divisive Science Of Race (Hardcover)
Gavin Evans 1
R295 R199 Discovery Miles 1 990 Save R96 (33%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Everything you need to know about race (but were afraid to ask), previously published in 2015 as Black Brain, White Brain: Is Intelligence Skin Deep?.

In academic journals and on internet message boards, certain scientists and thinkers are laying siege to one of the great taboos. Could it be, they ask, that racism has a rational basis in science? These ideas are no longer limited to the fringe: race-based studies of intelligence have been discussed by thinkers such as Steven Pinker, Sam Harris and Jordan Peterson. If true, it would provide an intellectual foundation for so many of the attitudes that characterise the right wing, justifying inequality and discrimination. Gavin Evans tackles the nature vs nurture debate head-on, examining the latest studies on how intelligence develops and laying out new discoveries in genetics, palaeontology, archaeology and anthropology to unearth the truth about our shared past.

In doing so, Skin Deep demolishes the pernicious myth that our race is our destiny, and instead reveals what really makes us who we are.

Magical Jungle - An Inky Expedition & Colouring Book (Paperback): Johanna Basford Magical Jungle - An Inky Expedition & Colouring Book (Paperback)
Johanna Basford 5
R290 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R62 (21%) In stock

From the international bestselling creator of Lost Ocean comes a beautiful new colouring book that takes you on a wondrous expedition through the jungle.

Follow ink evangelist and queen of colouring, Johanna Basford down an inky trail through Magical Jungle and discover a forgotten world of flora and fauna just waiting to be coloured in. Through intricate pen and ink illustrations, colour-inners of all ages are invited to explore an exotic rainforest teeming with creatures large and small. Encounter speckled tree frogs and dainty hummingbirds, prowling tigers and playful monkeys. Let your imagination run wild in the leafy treetop canopy or find yourself drawn to the delicate world of sensational blossoms and tropical plants below. There are ancient relics to be found along the way, each one leading toward the mystical treasure hidden at the heart of the magical jungle. Only the bravest, most inquisitive colourers will discover what lies hidden at the end of this inky quest.

For Magical Jungle Johanna has picked a crisp ivory paper that accentuates and compliments your chosen colour palette. The smooth, untextured pages allows for beautiful blending or gradient techniques with coloured pencils, or are perfect for pens, allowing the nib to glide evenly over the surface without feathering.

Heroes - Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures (Paperback): Stephen Fry Heroes - Mortals and Monsters, Quests and Adventures (Paperback)
Stephen Fry 1
R195 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R41 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

Mortals and Monsters. Quests and Adventures . . . __________ There are Heroes - and then there are Greek Heroes. Few mere mortals have ever embarked on such bold and heart-stirring adventures, overcome myriad monstrous perils, or outwitted scheming vengeful gods, quite as stylishly and triumphantly as Greek heroes. In this companion to his bestselling Mythos, Stephen Fry brilliantly retells these dramatic, funny, tragic and timeless tales. Join Jason aboard the Argo as he quests for the Golden Fleece. See Atalanta - who was raised by bears - outrun any man before being tricked with golden apples. Witness wily Oedipus solve the riddle of the Sphinx and discover how Bellerophon captures the winged horse Pegasus to help him slay the monster Chimera. Filled with white-knuckle chases and battles, impossible puzzles and riddles, acts of base cowardice and real bravery, not to mention murders and selfless sacrifices, Heroes is the story of what we mortals are truly capable of - at our worst and our very best. ___________ 'Ebullient and funny' The Times 'Entertaining and edifying' Daily Telegraph 'A rollicking good read' Independent 'Fry exhibits enormous erudition and enthusiasm' Mail on Sunday 'The Greek gods of the past become relatable as pop culture, modern literature and music are woven throughout. Joyfully informal yet full of the literary legacy' Guardian

Here Lies Arthur (Ian McQue NE) (Paperback): Philip Reeve Here Lies Arthur (Ian McQue NE) (Paperback)
Philip Reeve 1
R166 R123 Discovery Miles 1 230 Save R43 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Gwyna is just a small girl, a mouse, when she is bound in service to Myrddin the bard - a traveller and spinner of tales. But Myrddin transfroms her - into a lady goddess, a boy warrior, and a spy. Without Gwyna, Myrddin will not be able to work the most glorious transformation of all - and turn the leader of a raggle-taggle war-band into King Arthur, the greatest hero of all time.

Head Shot - A memoir of glamour, adventure and resilience (Hardcover): Victoria Nixon Head Shot - A memoir of glamour, adventure and resilience (Hardcover)
Victoria Nixon 1
R406 R291 Discovery Miles 2 910 Save R115 (28%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

1967 was an extraordinary year for Victoria Nixon. Spotted in London's Bond Street by none other than Helmut Newton, who photographed her for Vogue, she was soon travelling the world with a paid-for smile, earning a fortune and hanging out with the era's legendary figures, from Andy Warhol and The Beach Boys to Salvador Dali and the Shah of Iran. But this glamorous dream came to a sudden end when Victoria's brother took his own life in her New York apartment, echoing their father's suicide ten years earlier, and her mother passed away shortly afterwards. When your family die before you're twenty-four it takes a particular kind of strength to keep going, especially when you've been catapulted from a Yorkshire mining town into a strange world of taut poses and blazing lights. Victoria was alone, struggling to fake those smiles in the face of bewildering grief. She had to make her own rules for survival. Head Shot is the story of a beautiful life ripped apart by circumstance, and built up again by hard work and the quiet solace found in hope. Packed with astonishing images by the photographers Victoria worked with, and the defiant fashions she wore throughout her career, it also bears witness to a time of unparalleled cultural energy and invention.

The Hare and the Moon - A Book of Paintings (Hardcover): Catherine Hyde The Hare and the Moon - A Book of Paintings (Hardcover)
Catherine Hyde 1
R365 R276 Discovery Miles 2 760 Save R89 (24%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

An exquisite, full colour country almanac by artist Catherine Hyde, following the phases of the moon and a hare's journey throughout the twelve months of the year in a lyrical tribute to the natural world.

Waking from the winter solstice a hare begins her journey. Through the landscape and its changing seasons, moving in harmony with the moon. Atmospheric and gorgeous paintings show the hare running in January, watching in February, leaping in March, until it comes full circle, sleeping in December.

Twelve double page paintings of the hare's journey are accompanied by full pages of art, showing a tree, a flower and a bird for each month of the year. This rich celebration of flora, fauna and country life includes hawthorn and cowslips, swallows, blackbirds, buzzards and owls, harebells, holly, olive, rowan, poppies and much more. Titbits of text folklore, fairytale, myth and legend complement the art complete this desirable gift book.

The Way Past Winter (Hardcover): Kiran Millwood Hargrave The Way Past Winter (Hardcover)
Kiran Millwood Hargrave 1
R295 R188 Discovery Miles 1 880 Save R107 (36%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

From the bestselling author of THE GIRL OF INK & STARS comes a gorgeous wintry folk tale for young and old alike - an exciting adventure to the frozen north, perfect for fans of Philip Pullman. 'This gorgeous story of bravery, sisterhood, goodbyes and beginnings is a must for everyone.' JESSIEBURTON 'The Way Past Winter is a masterclass in exquisite storytelling.' CATHERINE DOYLE 'Gorgeous, heartfelt and incredibly exciting. Her best yet, and that'ssaying something.' ROBIN STEVENS Mila and her sisters live with their brother Oskar in a small forest cabin in the snow. One night, a fur-clad stranger arrives seeking shelter for himself and his men. But by the next morning, they've gone - taking Oskar with them. Fearful for his safety, Mila and her sisters set out to bring Oskar back - even it means going north, crossing frozen wild-lands to find a way past an eternal winter.

Dance Ceremonies of the Northern Rio Grande Pueblos (Pamphlet): Kathryn Huelster, Dick Huelster Dance Ceremonies of the Northern Rio Grande Pueblos (Pamphlet)
Kathryn Huelster, Dick Huelster
R157 R129 Discovery Miles 1 290 Save R28 (18%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
What It Takes - How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds (Paperback): Raegan Moya-Jones What It Takes - How I Built a $100 Million Business Against the Odds (Paperback)
Raegan Moya-Jones 1
R320 R252 Discovery Miles 2 520 Save R68 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

'I didn't have a burning desire to make a product for mums. I didn't have a burning desire to make a product at all. My moti-vation was to be the master of my own destiny, to work for my-self rather than 'the man.' If someone told me before I started my business that my cofounder would bail, that I'd be on the brink of bankruptcy and that I'd get into a jumbled mess with my investors-all while raising four daughters-would I still have done it? Hell yeah. But that's because I'm a loud and feisty Aussie chick. If you're reading this, you probably have some guts too. Believe me, I was never supposed to be an entrepreneur. I was just another thirty-something full-time corporate cog, wife and mother who didn't know a damn thing about business. But I knew in my bones that aden + anais, a boutique swaddle company my friend and I thought up on the floor of my baby's nursery, would be successful. And, would you look at that, I was right. I'm here to tell you, that you do have what it takes to start a business, change careers, be successful-and maybe even tell your micromanaging boss to go shove it. I succeeded, despite all the odds and curveballs thrown my way, and you can too. You don't need an MBA, you just need an idea you believe in, the ability to work your arse off and a desire to learn more. So get ready to check your doubts at the door and jump in.

Myths & Legends - An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings (Hardcover): Philip Wilkinson Myths & Legends - An illustrated guide to their origins and meanings (Hardcover)
Philip Wilkinson 1
R666 R348 Discovery Miles 3 480 Save R318 (48%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Discover the world's greatest myths and legends - from Greek mythology to Norse mythology - in this comprehensive guide. What did Japanese mythology say about the beginning of the Universe? How did Oedipus become the classic tragic hero in Greek mythology? Who brought about the origin of death in Maori mythology? Combining vivid retellings of famous legends with over 1,000 illustrations of characters, famous artworks, and artefacts, Myths and Legends makes it easier than ever before to understand the stories that are central to every culture. Delve into the well-known tales of the ancient Greeks, which hold the key to such phrases as "Achilles' heel", as well as the lesser-known but richly colourful myths of Africa and the Americas. Explore global ideas such as fate and fortune, and the Underworld, and find out about the key characters - heroes, tricksters, and gods - that make up each myth system. Filled with the cultural and religious meanings behind each legend, and the influence they have had both in their own time and in today's world, this book is a must-have for all mythology enthusiasts.

Classic Korean Tales - With Commentaries (Paperback): Key-sook Choe Classic Korean Tales - With Commentaries (Paperback)
Key-sook Choe
R549 R330 Discovery Miles 3 300 Save R219 (40%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Featuring 11 classic Korean narratives, including myths, folktales, Sino-Korean novels and poetry, through Classic Korean Tales readers can come to know not only the pleasure of reading stories, but also delight in learning about Korea.

The Winter of the Witch (Paperback): Katherine Arden The Winter of the Witch (Paperback)
Katherine Arden 1
R195 R154 Discovery Miles 1 540 Save R41 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

A magical and captivating coming of age novel set in medieval Russia - perfect for fans of Erin Morgenstern's The Night Circus and Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. One girl can make a difference... Moscow is in flames, leaving its people searching for answers - and someone to blame. Vasilisa, a girl with extraordinary gifts, must flee for her life, pursued by those who blame their misfortune on her magic. Then a vengeful demon returns, stronger than ever. Determined to engulf the world in chaos, he finds allies among men and spirits. Mankind and magical creatures alike find their fates resting on Vasya's shoulders. But she may not be able to save them all. 'heart-stoppingly good...beautifully written, this adventure shimmers and shines with magic of all kinds. Unmissable.' Sunday Express 'If you're a lover of fairytales you are in for an absolute treat. It's truly magical' The Pool 'Katherine Arden's Winternight Trilogy isn't just good-it's hug-to-your-chest, straight-to-the-favourites-shelf, reread-immediately good, and each book just gets better. 'Laini Taylor

The Last Landlady - An English Memoir (Hardcover): Laura Thompson The Last Landlady - An English Memoir (Hardcover)
Laura Thompson 1
R399 R283 Discovery Miles 2 830 Save R116 (29%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Laura Thompson s grandmother Violet was one of the great landladies. Born in a London pub, she became the first woman to be given a publican s licence in her own name and, just as pubs defined her life, she seemed in many ways to embody their essence. Laura spent part of her childhood in Violet s Home Counties establishment, mesmerised by her gift for cultivating the mix of cosiness and glamour that defined the pub s atmosphere, making it a unique reflection of the national character. Her memories of this time are just as intoxicating: beer and ash on the carpets in the morning, the deepening rhythms of mirth at night, the magical brightness of glass behind the bar Through them Laura traces the story of the English pub, asking why it has occupied such a treasured position in our culture. But even Violet, as she grew older, recognised that places like hers were a dying breed, and Laura also considers the precarious future they face. Part memoir, part social history, part elegy, The Last Landlady pays tribute to an extraordinary woman and the world she epitomised.

Hollow Places - A Tree, a Stone, a Story, a Name (English, Middle (ca. 1100-1500), Hardcover): Christopher Hadley Hollow Places - A Tree, a Stone, a Story, a Name (English, Middle (ca. 1100-1500), Hardcover)
Christopher Hadley 1
R540 R334 Discovery Miles 3 340 Save R206 (38%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

IN THE MIDDLE AGES, a remarkable tomb was carved to cover the bones of an English hero. For centuries, tales spread about dragons, giants and devils. How and why this happened is the subject of this book. Do you wonder where dragons once lurked and where local fairies baked their loaves? Or where wolves were trapped, and suicides buried? Did people in the past really believe the marvellous stories they told, and can those beliefs and stories still teach us something about how to live today? These questions lie at the heart of Christopher Hadley's Hollow Places as it searches through the centuries for the truth behind the legend of Piers Shonks, a giant from a village in Hertfordshire, who slew a dragon that once had its lair under an ancient yew in a field called Great Pepsells. Hollow Places takes us to the margins of the Bayeux Tapestry where strange creatures gather, to ancient woodland where hollow trees hide secrets, to eighteenth-century manuscripts where antiquaries scribbled clues to the identity of folk heroes. Hadley leads us back shivering to a church in Georgian England, to sketch the dragon on a tomb, to stand atop its tower triangulating the Elizabethan countryside, and to confront the zealous Mr Dowsing and his thugs looting the brasses and smashing the masonry during the Civil War. This enchanting book asks why Churchwarden Morris could not sleep at night, and how long bones last in a crypt, and where a medieval stonemason found his inspiration. The story of Piers Shonks is the survivor of an 800-year battle between storytellers and those who would mock or silence them. It stands for all those thousands of seemingly forgotten tales that used to belong to every village. It is an adventure into the past by a talented and original new writer, and a meditation on memory and belief that underlines the importance and the power of the folk legends we used to tell and why they still matter.

A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (Hardcover): Varoius A Treasury of Irish Fairy and Folk Tales (Hardcover)
Varoius
R732 R462 Discovery Miles 4 620 Save R270 (37%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

These lrish tales all are reprinted from nineteenth-century sources, but they date back to a centuries-old oral tradition of storytelling that had yet to be committed to the printed page. They were passed down through the ages virtually unaltered and feature a wide variety of fantastic beings. This edition has an exquisitely designed bonded-leather binding, with distinctive gilt edging and a silk-ribbon bookmark.

Sneakers (Hardcover): Howie Kahn, Alex French, Rodrigo Corral Sneakers (Hardcover)
Howie Kahn, Alex French, Rodrigo Corral 1
R486 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R163 (34%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

An absolute necessity for design devotees and sneakerheads of all ages. Sneakers is a definitive exploration of the creative energy, innovation, collaboration, and visionary intelligence behind the cultural phenomenon of sneakers. This beautifully illustrated book features over 300 pages of photos and interviews with industry gurus, sports legends and celebrities in a stunning package created by celebrated designer Rodrigo Corral. The book's carefully curated list of participants takes readers to the centre of the action. Jim Riswold dishes on making commercials with Michael Jordan. Adidas's Rachel Muscat and Jon Wexler get philosophical about their star collaborator, Kanye West. Nike's legendary Tinker Hatfield takes a glimpse into the future. Professional tennis player Serena Williams shares an exclusive reveal. And much, much more. Sneakers is an absolute must-have for sneaker lovers and anyone who is interested in design, creative process, street culture, branding, entrepreneurship, art and fashion.

The Book of Tea (Paperback, 112 Ed): Kakuzo Okakura The Book of Tea (Paperback, 112 Ed)
Kakuzo Okakura
R50 R42 Discovery Miles 420 Save R8 (16%) Shipped within 7 - 11 working days

'Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle.' In this charming book from 1906, Okakura explores Zen, Taoism, Tea Masters and the significance of the Japanese tea ceremony. One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946. Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics' huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries - including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

The Best of The Chap - TWENTY YEARS AND ONE HUNDRED EDITIONS IN ONE VOLUME (Hardcover): Gustav Temple The Best of The Chap - TWENTY YEARS AND ONE HUNDRED EDITIONS IN ONE VOLUME (Hardcover)
Gustav Temple 1
R387 R320 Discovery Miles 3 200 Save R67 (17%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days
To Die For - Is Fashion Wearing out the World? (Paperback, Epub Edition): Lucy Siegle To Die For - Is Fashion Wearing out the World? (Paperback, Epub Edition)
Lucy Siegle 1
R302 R216 Discovery Miles 2 160 Save R86 (28%) In stock

An expose on the fashion industry written by the Observer's 'Ethical Living' columnist, examining the inhumane and environmentally devastating story behind the clothes we so casually buy and wear. Coming at a time when the global financial crisis and contracting of consumer spending is ushering in a new epoch for the fashion industry, To Die For offers a very plausible vision of how green could really be the new black. Taking particular issue with our current mania for both big-name labels and cheap fashion, To Die For sets an agenda for the urgent changes that can and need to be made by both the industry and the consumer. Far from outlining a future of drab, ethical clothing, Lucy Siegle believes that it is indeed possible to be an 'ethical fashionista', simply by being aware of how and where (and by whom) clothing is manufactured. The global banking crisis has put the consumer at a crossroads: when money is tight should we embrace cheap fast fashion to prop up an already engorged wardrobe, or should we reject this as the ultimate false economy and advocate a return to real fashion, bolstered by the principles of individualism and style pedigree? In this impassioned book, Siegle analyses the global epidemic of unsustainable fashion, taking stock of our economic health and moral accountabilities to expose the pitfalls of fast fashion. Refocusing the debate squarely back on the importance of basic consumer rights, Siegle reveals the truth behind cut price, bulk fashion and the importance of your purchasing decisions, advocating the case for a new sustainable design era where we are assured of value for money: ethically, morally and in real terms.

21st-Century Yokel (Paperback, 2 Ed): Tom Cox 21st-Century Yokel (Paperback, 2 Ed)
Tom Cox 1
R242 R178 Discovery Miles 1 780 Save R64 (26%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Longlisted for the Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize 21st-Century Yokel is not quite nature writing, not quite a family memoir, not quite a book about walking, not quite a collection of humorous essays, but a bit of all five. Thick with owls and badgers, oak trees and wood piles, scarecrows and ghosts, and Tom Cox's loud and excitable dad, this book is full of the folklore of several counties the ancient kind and the everyday variety as well as wild places, mystical spots and curious objects. Emerging from this focus on the detail are themes that are broader and bigger and more important than ever. Tom's writing treads a new path, one that has a lot in common with a rambling country walk; it's bewitched by fresh air and big skies, intrepid in minor ways, haunted by weather and old stories and the spooky edges of the outdoors, restless and prone to a few detours, but it always reaches its destination in the end.

Myth and meaning - San-Bushman folklore in global context (Paperback): J.D. Lewis-Williams Myth and meaning - San-Bushman folklore in global context (Paperback)
J.D. Lewis-Williams
R386 R321 Discovery Miles 3 210 Save R65 (17%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

J.D. Lewis-Williams, a leading South African archaeologist and ethnographer, examines the complex myths of the San-Bushmen to create a larger theory of how myth is used in cultures worldwide. Exploring ethnographic, archival and archaeological lines of research, he extracts the `nuggets', the far-reaching but often unspoken words and concepts of language and understanding that are opaque to outsiders, to establish a more nuanced theory of the role of these myths in the thought-world and social circumstances of the San. The book draws from the author's own work, the unique 19th-century Bleek & Lloyd archive, more recent ethnographic work, and San rock art and includes well-known San stories such as The broken string, Mantis dreams, and Creation of the eland.

Garments Against Women (Paperback): Anne Boyer Garments Against Women (Paperback)
Anne Boyer 1
R225 R156 Discovery Miles 1 560 Save R69 (31%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

The multi-award-winning meditation on survival, care and the place of literature in an unequal world 'Around that time my daughter and I had this exchange: Anne, imagine if the world had nothing in it. Do you mean nothing at all - just darkness - or a world without objects? I mean a world without things: no houses, chairs, or cars. A world with only people and trees and dirt. What do you think would happen? People would make things. We would make things with trees and dirt.' When the cold comes, when our needs announce themselves, it is with clothing, with possessions, in literature, through dreams - in all the forms and categories that shape, contain and constrain - that we keep ourselves alive. Yet, in a society in which some are rich and some are poor, who gets to dream, and who invents our forms? This is a book made of money and the lack of money; of writing and of not-writing; of illness and of care; of low-rent apartments, cake-baking mothers, Socratic daughters and bodies that refuse to become information.

Tonkawa Texts - A New Linguistic Edition (Hardcover): Harry Hoijer Tonkawa Texts - A New Linguistic Edition (Hardcover)
Harry Hoijer; Translated by Thomas R Wier
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Be More Japan - The Art of Japanese Living (Hardcover): Dk  Travel Be More Japan - The Art of Japanese Living (Hardcover)
Dk Travel 1
R460 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R181 (39%) Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Be More Japan is a 'bible' of all things Japanese - from the country's fascinating, ancient traditions to its unique and influential modern culture. Be More Japan is a celebration of all things Japanese - from the country's fascinating, ancient traditions to its unique and influential modern culture. Blending both travel information and cultural insights into a single book, Be More Japan helps you understand and experience the best of Japan, both at home and abroad. Beginning with an overview of the four seasons - a key theme in Japanese culture - you'll learn about the festivals, food, fashion and flowers that change throughout the year and make this country so full of fun and variety. Then dive into the captivating culture of Japan, with topics such as art, music, food, wellness and spirituality all split into separate sections to help you pinpoint the areas that interest you. Learn about the traditional skills of the tea ceremony and calligraphy, and where you can go to see and practise them yourself. Find out more about the country's most popular sports and where to catch a game of baseball or see a martial arts exposition. For pop culture fans, there are dedicated sections on J-Pop, anime, and video games, with plenty of information on the best places to enjoy them in Japan. And if you want to get a feel for modern Japanese lifestyle, you'll find enough details on topics such as transportation, karaoke, ikigai, shopping and hot springs to help you make the most of even a short trip to Japan. You can pick and choose what interests you to plan your perfect trip, or explore a bit of everything to get a sense of the essentials of Japanese life and culture. And for those who can't make the trip to Japan, or who want to carry on the experience when they return, there are tips and suggestions for how to bring Japanese culture to you, and places where you can see its influence around the world."

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