I was born and raised in the country of many cultures—western, moderately eastern and post-Soviet (which in itself is a mixed bag). Only the westerner of me found this book somewhat interesting, while others were irritated by the arrogance. Tokyo Totem is a very curious book. It is very subjective, somewhat narrow, a bit melancholic and admittedly artistic view on the city. This is surprising, given the book is written by a group of people, not a single person. If you live in Tokyo, I'd still recommend it. Comparing your experience with people who wrote it is interesting. Book itself is typeset magnificently; it is a beautiful object.