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Join us for lively book discussion in Central Tokyo.
Fiction and non-fiction books and great chat with a friendly crowd!

We ususally meet in a pub in Ebisu but occassionally we meet in Osaki.
We will have read the book, or at least most of it, before we come along and most people contribute their opinions and thoughts on the book.
We have a list of questions to act as a prompt if we run out of topics.... but this is rare as we all generally have lots to say.
If the group is large, we split in to smaller groups and we discuss the book and related topics as they come up.

The pub kindly lets us book without taking a course menu or asking for a booking fee, but we do need to order drinks and there is a food menu available.

We hope you enjoy being a member.

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Tokyo Ebisu Book Club - The Geography of Thought by Richard Nisbett.

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This month is a non-fiction book, recommended many times by our members so here goes. The Geography of Thought: How Asians and Westerners Think Differently...and Why by Richard Nisbett. (The Kindle version is cheap and used copies on Amazon Marketplace are reasonably priced. Brand new from Amazon is a little expensive though.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ When Richard Nisbett showed an animated underwater scene to his American students, they zeroed in on a big fish swimming among smaller fish. Japanese subjects, on the other hand, made observations about the background environment...and the different "seeings" are a clue to profound underlying cognitive differences between Westerners and East Asians. As Professor Nisbett shows in The Geography of Thought people actually think - and even see - the world differently, because of differing ecologies, social structures, philosophies, and educational systems that date back to ancient Greece and China, and that have survived into the modern world. As a result, East Asian thought is "holistic" - drawn to the perceptual field as a whole, and to relations among objects and events within that field. By comparison to Western modes of reasoning, East Asian thought relies far less on categories, or on formal logic; it is fundamentally dialectic, seeking a "middle way" between opposing thoughts. By contrast, Westerners focus on salient objects or people, use attributes to assign them to categories, and apply rules of formal logic to understand their behaviour. -------------------------------------------- THE FooTNiK EBISU JR EBISU, East Exit. From ticket gate walk straight ahead, down escalator, turn right and down steps to street level (Pronto Coffee is ahead and on right). Straight to junction, right at Doutor Coffee. The FooTNiK is next door. 3 Mins EBISU (Hibiya Line) Take Exit 1 to street level. Enter West Exit of JR Ebisu, walk straight through station and out other side. Turn right and walk straight.The road curves left, Pronto Coffee is ahead and on right. Follow road to Junction, turn right at Doutor Coffee Shop. THE FooTNiK is next door. 4 mins.

Tokyo Ebisu Book Club - Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

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Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami Shortlisted for the 2014 Independent Foreign Fiction Prize. (Quite a few used and new copies on Amazon Marketplace, as well as new and Kindle versions.) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, 'Sensei', in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally to share food and drink sake, and as the seasons pass - from spring cherry blossom to autumnal mushrooms - Tsukiko and Sensei come to develop a hesitant intimacy which tilts awkwardly and poignantly into love. Perfectly constructed, funny, and moving, Strange Weather in Tokyo is a tale of modern Japan and old-fashioned romance. -------------------------------------------- THE FooTNiK EBISU JR EBISU, East Exit. From ticket gate walk straight ahead, down escalator, turn right and down steps to street level (Pronto Coffee is ahead and on right). Straight to junction, right at Doutor Coffee. The FooTNiK is next door. 3 Mins EBISU (Hibiya Line) Take Exit 1 to street level. Enter West Exit of JR Ebisu, walk straight through station and out other side. Turn right and walk straight.The road curves left, Pronto Coffee is ahead and on right. Follow road to Junction, turn right at Doutor Coffee Shop. THE FooTNiK is next door. 4 mins.

Tokyo Ebisu Book Club - Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat

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Suggested by a member and a national bestseller, our non-fiction book in June is... Solve for Happy. Engineer your path to joy by Mo Gawdat. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This is a startlingly original book about creating and maintaining happiness, written by a top Google executive with an engineer's training and fondness for thoroughly analyzing a problem. In 2001, Mo Gawdat, a remarkable thinker whose gifts had landed him top positions in half a dozen companies and who - in his spare time - had created significant wealth, realized that he was desperately unhappy. A lifelong learner, he attacked the problem as an engineer would, examining all the provable facts and scrupulously following logic. When he was finished, he had discovered the equation for enduring happiness. Ten years later, that research saved him from despair when his college-aged son, Ali - also intellectually gifted - died during routine surgery. In dealing with the loss, Mo found his mission: he would pull off the type of 'moonshot' that he and his Google [X] colleagues were always aiming for: he would help ten million people become happier by pouring his happiness principles into a book and spreading its message around the world. One of Solve for Happy's key premises is that happiness is a default state. If we shape expectations to acknowledge the full range of possible events, unhappiness is on its way to being defeated. To steer clear of unhappiness traps, we must dispel the six illusions that cloud our thinking (e.g., the illusion of time, of control, and of fear); overcome the brain's seven deadly defects (e.g., the tendency to exaggerate, label, and filter), and embrace five ultimate truths (e.g., change is real, now is real, unconditional love is real). By means of several highly original thought experiments, Mo helps readers find enduring contentment by questioning some of the most fundamental aspects of their existence. -------------------------------------------- THE FooTNiK EBISU JR EBISU, East Exit. From ticket gate walk straight ahead, down escalator, turn right and down steps to street level (Pronto Coffee is ahead and on right). Straight to junction, right at Doutor Coffee. The FooTNiK is next door. 3 Mins EBISU (Hibiya Line) Take Exit 1 to street level. Enter West Exit of JR Ebisu, walk straight through station and out other side. Turn right and walk straight.The road curves left, Pronto Coffee is ahead and on right. Follow road to Junction, turn right at Doutor Coffee Shop. THE FooTNiK is next door. 4 mins.

Tokyo Ebisu Book Club - Book to be decided

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The book is not yet selected. -------------------------------------------- THE FooTNiK EBISU JR EBISU, East Exit. From ticket gate walk straight ahead, down escalator, turn right and down steps to street level (Pronto Coffee is ahead and on right). Straight to junction, right at Doutor Coffee. The FooTNiK is next door. 3 Mins EBISU (Hibiya Line) Take Exit 1 to street level. Enter West Exit of JR Ebisu, walk straight through station and out other side. Turn right and walk straight. The road curves left, Pronto Coffee is ahead and on right. Follow road to Junction, turn right at Doutor Coffee Shop. THE FooTNiK is next door. 4 mins.

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Tokyo Ebisu Book Club - Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

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