COOL JAPAN: A Guide to Tokyo, Kyoto, Tohoku and Japanese Culture Past and Present

By Sumiko Kajiyama

Edited by Heather Corcoran / Museyon Guides

288 pages, November 2013

Explore the heart of Japanese culture with Cool Japan, a new three-part travel guide from Museyon Guides. First, visit Kyoto, where you will discover 1,000 years of history from the ancient love story the Tale of Genji to the traditional tea ceremony. Then head to Tokyo to experience Japan’s cutting-edge capital, where the 21st-century kawaii culture collides with landmarks like the Kabuki-za Theater and the Imperial Palace. For a different perspective, venture outside the city to the seaside towns of Tohoku, the region largely affected by the 2011 tsunami disaster.

Written by local expert Sumiko Kajiyama filled with photos, this book introduces readers to Japan’s national heroes and must-see places from a uniquely Japanese perspective. Informative, entertaining, and useful, Cool Japan is an ideal introduction for any traveler looking for a deeper understanding of Japanese culture, past and present.