Walking underground: two francophone flaneurs in 21st-century Tokyo

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Kawakami, Akane (2016)

This article explores ‘Tokyo underground’ as described by Régine Robin and Michaël Ferrier. In the strange spaces beneath the surface of the city, these writer-flâneurs discover forms of universality which they identify as Tokyo’s ‘syntax’; specific configurations of the common language spoken in and by metropolises all over the world.
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    1. Since the publication of Tester's classic volume, The Flâneur, there have been a number of excellent studies of flânerie of various kinds, for instance Catherine Nesci's Le flâneur et les flâneuses: Les femmes et la ville à l'époque romantique (Grenoble, ELLUG: 2007), and a collection of essays on flânerie and the senses in Dix-Neuf, 16:2 (2012), a special issue edited by Aimée Boutin.

    2. H. Hazel Hahn provides a helpful discussion of the figure of the “discerning” flâneur abroad in “The Flâneur, the Tourist, the Global Flâneur, and Magazine Reading as Flânerie,” in Boutin, ed., 193-210.

    3. Rob Shields, “Fancy Footwork: Walter Benjamin's Notes on Flânerie,” in Tester, The Flâneur (77-78).

    4. See Hahn for a nineteenth-century take on the “colonial flâneur” (204).

    5. Michaux satirizes the “three-day China expert” in Ecuador (Paris: Gallimard, 1928), 82.

    6. See Chris Jenks and Tiago Neves, “A Walk on the Wild Side: Urban Ethnography Meets the Flâneur,” Cultural Values, 4:1 (2000): 1-17.

    7. For an account of two twenty-first-century travelers who succeed, and one who over-compensates for the sins of his predecessors, see Akane Kawakami, “Flâneurs cosmopolites: Écrire/voyager entre Paris et Tokyo,” Fabien Arribert-Narce, ed., Détours par le Japon: Réceptions de la culture japonaise en France depuis 1945 (Paris: Honoré Champion, 2016).

    8. See Jacques Roubaud, Tokyo infra-ordinaire (Paris: Inventaire/Invention, 2003).

    9. Livio Sacchi, Tokyo, architecture et urbanisme (Paris: Flammarion, 2005), 90.

    10. Régine Robin, Mégapolis (Paris: Éditions Stock, 2009), 223.

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