Category Archives: Asia

A Little Roadside Poetry

From Maine to New Mexico and from Alabama to Minnesota a series of roadside poetry signs have been popping up across the United States. The often philosophical works are all based on Japanese Senryū  style a sister poem to the … Continue reading

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Book Off Japan

Secondhand and used bookstores around the world have been struggling during the Pandemic just like most other retail businesses. But they have the added burden of replenishing their book stocks. Many used booksellers rely on customers bringing in books to … Continue reading

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Bookstore Movements, or the Mariko Aoki Phenomenon

The first time that I stumbled upon the so-called Mariko Aoki Phenomenon (青木まりこ現象, Aoki Mariko genshō)I laughed it off as a poor attempt at bathroom humor. But the second time that I read about this Japanese bookstore issue I thought that it … Continue reading

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Take a Coffee Trip

If you have been keeping up with Travel Between The Pages, you know that along with books and travel coffee is one of my main obsessions. Here at TBTP World Head Quarters we are big fans of our friends at … Continue reading

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The Narrow Road to the Deep North

As some readers know, much of my time is generally occupied finding and selling antiquarian travel books. Although I focus mostly on 19th and early 20th century travel guidebooks, I am interested in other travel literature and unrelated genres, as … Continue reading

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Vacation in a Box

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, most of us have been forced to postpone our summer vacation plans, but IKEA in Dubai has come up with a clever idea to offer “vacations in a box” to help send customers to far-flung … Continue reading

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Fantastic Fonts

  As an antiquarian book collector, I’ve always been fascinated by the astonishing variations in fonts and typefaces. These days we are so overwhelmed by the variety of fonts that we see both in print and online that we often … Continue reading

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Why not wear a smart mask

The Japanese tech start-up Donut Robotics has upped the game for the face mask by creating a “smart” version capable of translating and transmitting messages from Japanese into eight other languages. The “c-mask” (made from plastic and worn over a … Continue reading

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When The Libraries Closed

 

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Look Through Any Window

I’ve been a bit obsessive about visiting the website Window Swap this week. The brilliantly simple concept has folks around the world post short video clips out of their home windows. I dare you to try it without falling down … Continue reading

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