Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo

No other editions listed for your country

First Published on


37 reviews*

Price**: $4.99
Book cover image for Motions and Moments: More Essays on Tokyo






Bad Language
Sexual Content
Drug Use


Motions and Moments is the third book by Michael Pronko on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These 42 new essays burrow into the unique intensities that suffuse the city and ponder what they mean to its millions of inhabitants.

Based on Pronko's 18 years living, teaching and writing in Tokyo, these essays on how Tokyoites work, dress, commute, eat and sleep are steeped in insights into the city's odd structures, intricate pleasures and engaging undertow.

Included are essays on living to size and loving the crowd, on Tokyo's dizzying uncertainties and daily satisfactions, and on the 2011 earthquake. As in his first two books, this collection captures the ceaseless flow and passing flashes of life in biggest city in the world with gentle humor and rich detail.
Awards for Motions and Moments
Gold Award Readers' Favorite Non-Fiction Cultural (September 2016)
Gold Award Global E-Book Awards Travel Writing (August 2016)
Gold Award Non-Fiction Author's Association (2016)
Gold Honoree Benjamin Franklin Digital Awards Independent Book Publishers Association (May 2016)
Winner Best Indie Book Award Non-Fiction (November 2016)
Silver Medal 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Best Adult Non-fiction Personal E-book (2016)
Indie Groundbreaking Book by Independent Publisher Book Review (April 2016)
Finalist National Indie Excellence Awards (2016)
Finalist Foreword's Indiefab Book of the Year Awards (2016)
Finalist Travel: Guides & Essays 2016 International Book Awards (May 2016)
Finalist Travel Independent Author Network (2016)
Semi-Finalist Kindle Book Review Awards (2016)
"This book sparkles and succeeds as a love letter of sorts to Tokyo. The author's writing is a joy to read, with wonderful phrasing and vivid descriptions. As someone who appreciates good writing, I loved this book." OnlineBookClub
"This is a memoir to be savored like a fine red wine, crafted with supreme care by a man who clearly has fallen in love with his adopted city, making us want to visit and absorb the rich megalopolis of Tokyo for ourselves." Publishers Daily Reviews 
"Each essay is like a self-contained explanation of one facet of life in the context of a grander conversation, and each one is a complete work in its own right...almost like a fictional novel of short stories and vignettes rather than a collection of essays." Reader's Favorite
"More so than almost any other treatment, it captures the nuances Westerners find puzzling about Japan and translates them into digestible, vivid insights no visitor should be without." D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
"Pronko's style of writing is charmingly conversational and hard not to find yourself drawn into. Pronko is an insightful author capable of seeing a deeper beauty in everything he writes, and this collection is something to behold." Self-Publishing Review, 5 Stars
"Motions and Moments is a terrific series of essays that captures the essence and allure of Tokyo with a lot of heart infused in the work." Feathered Quill Book Reviews

Other titles by the same author:

* The number of reviews given represents the total number of all Amazon customer reviews summed across all english-speaking markets. For more information click here.

**While we try to ensure all prices are correct and up to date, this is ultimately the responsibility of the publisher. 'Readers in the Know' assumes no liability should the price you find on Amazon differ from that displayed here.

Accept Cookies?
Provided by OpenGlobal E-commerce