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"This excellent book combines academic rigour with lively descriptions and compelling prose."--"Times Higher Education"
"You'll find your eyes opened beyond the new and storied cafes you've heard of and into regional corners and paradoxical tastes."--"Serious Eats"
"Perhaps this isn't really a review, more a recommendation - all I can really say is that I enjoyed it, and . . . you'll probably enjoy this too."--"Jimseven"
"A fascinating 130-year illumination of Japan's deeply rooted sipping culture."--"La Weekly"
"Highly Recommended. . . . An engaging and often personal account of Japanese coffeehouses. . . . The volume is accessible and well written."--"Choice"
"Required reading for coffee's true believers and industry insiders."--Oliver Strand"T: The New York Times Style Magazine" (12/14/2012)
"Provides an engaging and often personal account of Japanese coffeehouses. . . . Highly recommended."--R. R. Wilk, Indiana University"Choice" (12/01/2012)
""Coffee Life in Japan" provides a novel and significant study on contemporary Japanese life."--Willa Zhen, Culinary Institute of America"Journal Of American-East Asian Relations" (04/09/2013)
Required reading for coffee s true believers and industry insiders. --Oliver Strand"T: The New York Times Style Magazine" (12/14/2012)"
Provides an engaging and often personal account of Japanese coffeehouses. . . . Highly recommended. --R. R. Wilk, Indiana University"Choice" (12/01/2012)"
"Coffee Life in Japan" provides a novel and significant study on contemporary Japanese life. --Willa Zhen, Culinary Institute of America"Journal Of American-East Asian Relations" (04/09/2013)"
Coffee Life in Japan provides a novel and significant study on contemporary Japanese life. --Willa Zhen, Culinary Institute of America"Journal Of American-East Asian Relations" (04/09/2013)"
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Cafes are where change happens and people feel most themselves. In this surprising book we see how Japan came of age in the cafewhere women became free, where people jazz and poetry could reign. And, of course, where coffee is at its perfectionist best. Always a congenial companion and teacher, Merry White shows us a whole society in a beautifully made cup. Corby Kummer, The Atlantic
Merry White's book is vital reading for anyone interested in culture and coffee, which has a surprising and surprisingly long history in Japan. Tracing the evolving role of the country's cafes, and taking us on armchair visits to some of the best, White makes us want to board a plane immediately to sample a cup brewed with kodawari, a passion bordering on obsession. Devra First, The Boston Globe
"Coffee Life in Japan features highly engaging history and ethnographic detail on coffee culture in Japan. Many readers will delight in reading this work. White provides an affectionate, deeply felt, well reasoned book on coffee, cafes, and urban spaces in Japan."Christine Yano, author of Airborne Dreams: "Nisei" Stewardesses and Pan American World Airways
"Combining unmistakable relish for the subject with decades of academic expertise, Merry White skillfully demonstrates that the cafe, not the teahouse, is a core space in urban Japanese life. Her portrait of their endurance, proliferation, and diversity aptly illustrates how coffee drinking establishments accommodate social and personal needs, catering to a range of tastes and functions. It is a lovely and important book not only about the history and meanings of Japan s liquid mojo, but also about the creation of new urban spaces for privacy and sociality." Laura Miller, author of Beauty Up: Exploring Contemporary Japanese Body Aesthetics"
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Written in an academic style but accessible to a tenacious reader, this book takes a look at the café society in Japan in the past 130 years and how coffee has helped to shape Japanese society in different ways. It might seem far-fetched yet coffee has played a much greater part in 'modern-day' Japan than you could imagine.
As befitting an academic book, the author has clearly done their homework and a multitude of reference sources and notations are provided for the reader's own reference. After a comprehensive introduction to this relatively 'obscure' subject and an interesting overview about Japan's cafés, the next chapter is the curiously-titled 'Modernity and the Passion Factory.' where jazz, modernity, empowerment of women and cultural clashes all enter the mix.
Japan embraced coffee, made its own coffee emperors and started to make a contemporary Japanese coffee and, of course, an entire coffee culture and counter culture at the same time. Rituals were formed, rules developed, traditions strengthened and no doubt Unchangeable things slowly changed. All due to the humble coffee bean and its brew.
Certainly if you have the patience and the interest, this book will certainly give you a lot of food for thought, a lot of new knowledge and maybe a whole new perceptive to Japanese culture as a whole. The book is low on fripperies like colour photographs and infographics but high on information. A book you might need to focus on - which is no bad thing - rather than casually flip through. A book you might want to sit down in a comfy chair with, a cup of tea, oops, coffee at your side and a bit of time...
An interesting book, not everyone's cup of tea (oops, you don't tend to refer to everyone's cup of coffee) perhaps but worthy of a read if you are interested in society changes, history, philosophy, gastronomy or just piling in bits of knowledge to the old grey matter for good measure.
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