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Posted April 14th, 2012 - 9:03 am by from Tokyo, Japan (Permalink)

Press Release: Japan on Foot by Mary King

Two Women Walk Japan

Japan on Foot by Mary King
Publisher: Fine Line Press www.finelinepress.co.nz
Enquiries: Allan Murphy: 090-9153-5917 / geeptbee@paradise.net.nz


Japan on Foot author Mary King in Japan for May book launch

Dates/Venues:

1. Sat. May 19, 2.30 – 4.30 (followed by early dinner/drinks nearby) at Venture Dream Office, 13F Office One Shijo-Karasuma, Kyoto (2 mins from Hankyu Karasuma Sta. and Subway Shijo Sta. 京都市下京区室町通綾小路上る鶏鉾町480番地
Map: http://venturedreamoffice.com/... See more

2. Fri. May 25, 6.00 – 9.00 p.m. at the Wesley Centre, 6-10-7 Minami Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo (SWET mbers ¥1,000; non-mbers ¥1,500) http://www.swet.jp/ ) Map: http://www.telljp.com/images/uploads/new.TELL.map.4.pdf ... See more

3. Sun. May 27, 12.30 p.m. Lunch and Meet the Writer, Mont St Michel, Mejiro, Tokyo

http://www.creperie-mont-st-michel.com/en/sas/welcome/top/ (¥3,200 Bookings: geeptbee@paradise.net.nz / ph. Allan Murphy: 090-9153-5917)



Mary King, walker and writer, will be in Kyoto and Tokyo to talk about her walk and book, Japan on Foot. She will be available for interviews from May 18th – May 28th. Contact her to arrange an interview at mklond43@hotmail.com Photos can be provided either from the author or from Fine Line Press.
In Brief: Japan on Foot
British journalist Mary King tells the story of how she and her Japanese partner Etsuko Shimabukuro walked 7,500 kilometres through Japan – from Hokkaido, way up north, to Yonagunijima, Okinawa, which is Japan’s westernmost island. Japan on Foot recounts the adventures during their odyssey and includes fascinating insights into Japanese life. The book reveals aspects of the country and culture rarely shown or discussed. Japan on Foot is great reading for the Japanophile and armchair adventurer.

Author's Profile
Mary King hails from the U.K. and has 30 years experience as a journalist. She has worked as a reporter, photographer and sub-editor for newspapers and magazines in Britain, the Middle East and Japan. Her work has appeared in a range of media worldwide. Specialising as a travel writer and photographer for a number of years, Mary also covered news and features stories in more than 60 countries – from Australia to Zimbabwe. During her time in Africa, she worked as a volunteer on a refugee camp in Sudan, and lived in a banana leaf hut with pygmies in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). Adventure and challenge are lifeblood to her. In Japan, Mary was travel editor and writer for the Asahi Shimbun’s English-language newspaper. In 2009, she moved from Tokyo to Beijing to join China Radio International as a multimedia journalist and radio host. In her spare time, Mary enjoys hiking, theatre, photography and dabbling with digital storytelling.
More Information:
Mary King and Etsuko Shimabukuro know what's involved in walking the length of Japan. They covered 7,500 kilometres on foot in 15 months. In her new book Japan on Foot (Fine Line Press, 2012), Mary King describes both the rigours and delights of “roving reporting” through the country that had long been her home. The women’s walk, which took place at what was a turning point in history for Japan and much of the world, covered the country’s main islands and some of its smaller ones too. A special spirit of Japan is captured in the women's adventures, as well as through the people they interview and meet en route.
Japan on Foot reveals a wide spectrum of Japanese people. Among them strippers, a shamaness, a yakuza Christian, an enlightened being, hunters, farmers, pilgrims, Hidden Christians, as well as a scientist who plans to resurrect the woolly mammoth and a marine geologist who maintains that the ruins of a lost civilisation lie off the shores of an Okinawan island. The book also includes interviews with members of the Ainu and buraku communities who talk about the discrimination they face in Japan. While there are plenty of interesting people and stirring adventures, Japan on Foot is also an inner journey – Mary shares her deepest thoughts and feelings about the people she loves and the country she made home.


Details: Japan on Foot by Mary King

Published 2012; Preface by Author; Foreword by Donald Richie; B/W photos (38); Paperback; 21 cms by 15 cms, 400 gms; ISBN: 978-0-473-19913-5; Online purchasing: ( www.finelinepress.co.nz ) $28.00 NZ; Genre: Japan, Travel, Adventure, Achievement; Ideal for anyone interested in walking or gaining a different view of Japan, its history, people and culture.


メアリー・キング著「ジャパン・オン・フット」Japan on Foot
英国・日本2人の女性による日本徒歩旅行記
出版社:ファイン・ライン・プレス www.finelinepress.co.nz
問い合わせ先:アラン・マーフィー Allan Murphy 090-9153-5917 geeptbee@paradise.net.nz
記者発表予定
1)5月19日(土)午後2:30-4:30 京都市下京区室町通綾小路上る鶏鉾町480、オフィス・ワン四条烏丸13階、ベンチャー・ドリーム・オフィス
http://venturedreamoffice.com/ 2)5月25日(金)午後6:00-9:00 東京都港区南青山6-10-7
ウェスリーセンター
3)5月27日(日)午後12:30 著者とのランチ会 東京 目白モンサンミシェル
著者であり、徒歩旅行を行ったメアリー・キング氏が京都と東京で著書について話します。 インタビューは5月18-28日の間なら可能。連絡先は mklond43@hotmail.com
「ジャパン・オン・フット」
英国人ジャーナリスト、メアリー・キング氏と島袋悦子氏の2人が、北海道から与那国島までの約7500キロを15カ月かけ徒歩で日本縦断した旅行記。道中出会った様々な人や起こった不思議な出来事を通して、キング氏が感じた日本を語る冒険談です。2人が遭遇したのは、ストリッパー、やくざのクリスチャン、隠れキリシタンの末裔など、興味深い日本人たち。また、アイヌや部落の人たちが、差別についてキング氏とのインタビューで語ります。
著者について
メアリー・キング氏は英国生まれ、ジャーナリスト歴30年。英国、中東、日本などで記者、カメラマン、編集者として活動。記者として訪れた国は60カ国に及ぶ。アフリカではスーダンの難民キャンプでボランティアとして活動したり、ザイール(現コンゴ)ではピグミー族とバナナの葉で作った家に暮らしたことも。日本では朝日新聞英字版で旅行記事の執筆、編集に関わる。2009年からは北京で中国国際ラジオの記者として勤務。

FineLine Press
www.finelinepress.co.nz