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Publisher's Summary

Motions and Moments is the third book by Michael Pronko on the fluid feel and vibrant confusions of Tokyo life. These 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. This collection captures the ceaseless flow and passing flashes of life in the biggest city in the world with gentle humor and rich detail.
Awards for Motions and Moments:


Gold Award Readers’ Favorite Non-Fiction Cultural
Gold Award Global E-Book Awards Travel Writing
Gold Award Non-Fiction Author’s Association
Gold Honoree Independent Book Publishers Association
Winner Best Indie Book Award Non-Fiction
Silver Medal 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Best Adult Non-Fiction
Indie Groundbreaking Book by Independent Publisher Book Review
Finalist National Indie Excellence Awards
Finalist Foreword's Indiefab Book of the Year Awards
Finalist Travel: Guides & Essays 2016 International Book Awards
Finalist Travel Independent Author Network
Semi-Finalist Kindle Book Review Awards
©2015 Michael Pronko (P)2016 Michael Pronko
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Critic Reviews

"It captures the nuances Westerners find puzzling about Japan and translates them into digestible, vivid insights." ( Midwest Book Review)
"Pronko is an insightful author capable of seeing a deeper beauty in everything he writes." (Self-Publishing Review)
" Motions and Moments is a terrific series of essays that captures the essence and allure of Tokyo with a lot of heart.” (Feathered Quill Book Reviews)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Misty on 12-13-16

Entertainingly Informative

I very rarely listen to this type of book, preferring fiction but this was given to me so I turned it on and was transported to Japan. I loved hearing all of these short stories and really felt entertained as well as gaining some knowledge. It was excellent.

The narrator was great as well. The tone and inflection in his voice kept my attention and kept me involved in the stories.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lenore Pemberton on 12-09-16

Great essays!

I live in a rural area and have no knowledge of Japan other than general knowledge. I found this book to be very informative and enjoyable. I love the way the author expressed himself, making it feel as though I were there.

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