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Christel Takigawa launches new book on why she loves Paris

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French-Japanese newscaster Christel Takigawa, 33, held a talk show to launch her new book this week at the Marunouchi branch of Maruzen bookstore. The book is titled "Reasons to Love: The Lifestyles of My Favorite Parisiennes."

The book describes Takigawa's favorite aspects of life in Paris, where both she and her father were born. Takigawa told the audience how she gleaned so much information from simply visiting the city's markets and restaurants, and from interviewing its female politicians. The book also attempts to convey a sense of Parisian approaches to work, elegance and decision-making.

Takigawa said she recently visited several of the areas worst hit by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, including the town of Minamisanriku. Having seen the devastation with her own eyes, she said she has decided to donate part of the proceeds from her book to earthquake charities.

The book costs 1,600 yen.

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I wanted to write a book on why I love half Japanese half French girls, but nobody would agree to an interview.

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When I see her I forget my address.

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Her father was born in France,,,they should say her father is French and Cristel was born in France, her french name is Cristel Lardux, her Japanese name is Masami Takigawa, (well all mixed together) anyways,,,she is very pretty,,,I just wonder if she loves Paris so much, why she doesnt live there

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Now who would want to live in Paris? last year there was a report of Japanese tourists having to return from Paris after being traumatised over the reception they recieved and after the shock of such (dare I say) a dirty city. Japanese tourist were so shocked in fact that they had to recieve councilling and some even sued their travel agents for compensation....are you realy going to rush out and buy this book?

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the reception they recieved and after the shock of such (dare I say) a dirty city.

actually I'd agree, though i won't say this about all people in paris, from my experience when I was there(so yes, I've been there) just because the city gets cleaned up everyday, does not mean leave rubbish anywhere you please and not saying sorry or excuse me when pushing past people. Only enjoyed the landmarks. If I was to make a book, it'd be on why I love Japan since I actually feel more at home there then here in Australia -.-

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Nice trend of thought pumpkin. Who actually are responsible for Paris being dirty? Long time ago, it was a clean city too.No finger pointing, but I am saying what I observed. It is beautiful to see the great mix of cultures there. But some people have happily adopted the many things of the original inhabitants but NOT THE CLEANLINESS PART of the culture. It is sad how people abuse the public utilities, transport systems etc. in Paris.Mind you they are very old systems that have stood the tests of time. Hats off to the Jpeople for their sense of cleanliness.

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Oh snap! She must have the Nobel Prize for Literature already in the bag with this fascinating read.

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i love cristel, but i dont give a rat's as s what she thinks about paris

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Takigawa told the audience how she gleaned so much information from simply visiting the city’s markets and restaurants

Yeah, unfortunately any diary-keeping 13 year old girl who has ever visited Paris has probably written the exact same things.

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Book for the local market - will pander to Japanese tastes for things touristy etc. How couls anyone not love Paris????

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The book costs 1,600 yen.

More Japanese readers likely buy her book. Paris is a famous tourist destination in the world.

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I agree that the restaurants and the markets are not bad (nothing compared to Turkish markets though) but that's about all. It is a dirty city, loads of dog crap everywhere make you look at the street more than at the sights. Strikes are happening all the time, traffic jams, rude and arrogant people. No thank you.

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yap, perfect book for japanese posh wannabes.

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Takigawa said she recently visited several of the areas worst hit by the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, including the town of Minamisanriku. Having seen the devastation with her own eyes, she said . . .

She said, I've already started on my next book "My Love-Hate Relationship with Earthquakes & Tsunami"

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Great city (and im English), its not Japanlike but then why would you go if it was! I see traffic jams everyday in Japan, I meet rude and arrogant people in Japan. However there are far more good things than bad in Japan, ditto for Paris.

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I've been to paris, it was dirty, long lines at the museums, expensive as hell. Yeah, I would go to Bretagne any day.

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Never really liked Paris, 2nd worst city in Europe after Venice in my Opinion.

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There are 2 markets I like in Paris: Rue Daguerre for food and Porte de Clignancourt for antics and clothes. I guess I could write a whole book about them too.

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why she single?

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Paris is one of the greatest cities in the world - one of those places where you could spend weeks and not get bored. If I had her on my arm touring the city, it would be like heaven on earth.

Although, I'm not sure about this whole "part of the proceeds" thing. How about ALL of the proceeds?

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I liked Paris. People did not have a clue when I would speak Japanese to them. Then they would end up speaking English. Good trick. I wish her luck.

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why she single?

She is still waiting for me to contact her.

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Interesting that the thumb-nail was centered on her chest.

Anyway, this is just a gimmick, and she likely knows it's an instant cash-cow. Many Japanese will lap it up and sadly assume that this is what Paris life is really like instead of it being one person's romanticized opinions. Ah well. I suppose there are far worse books out there.

Good that she's donating some of the proceeds to relief.

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She's a master of good timing; lots of people are trying to get out of Japan now. Buy my book about Paris which I really don't know much about, go to Paris, and I'll donate .00? percent to Japan.

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I wonder if "it's a safe distance from Fukushima Daiichi" was in the list of reasons she loves Paris.

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Ah, Paris. I love the smell of urine, stale sweat and unjustified self-satisfaction. Le Bois de Boulogne, Les Champs Elysees, and for you, UberLeutnant, the finest table in the house.

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Useless book for me, hopefully someone will find it useful.

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Not that it is important but I always thought she was Iranian and we shared some common DNA with her.

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Wow, another good book. My sister lives in Cannes, but I have not visited France. For other public accesses and facilities, most of European countries have a large portion of their cities built for hundreds of years ... that means old buildings and old architectures attract tourists, but tourists also find some uncomfortable about public restrooms in Paris, others cities in Europe. But Paris has more things to discover such as .... sightseeing, museums, art galleries, Romantic rivers and narrow streets and fashion houses !!! new cities can have modern buildings with more convenient facilities than ancient architectures. For the fact, a number of tourists visit Paris a year more than New York and other cities in the world. France has received revenues by tourism. She can also talk about her father country, that is good sides.

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Wow, she is stunning! Always a pleasure to look at her on TV...

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I love Paris. Paris is actually quite clean these days. There was a problem of dog poop on the sidewalks but an anti-poo campaign apparently worked. The food is great if you know where to go. The wine at its best is super. Paris is also a wonderful place to walk. The women are always a pleasure to behold. There is always something interesting going on somewhere. If you want peace and quiet, there are the parks and cemeteries. You can visit your favorite dead famous people. Besides all this, Paris is simply the most beautiful city in Europe.

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her nose does not look normal

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each person can do so, she reflects her personal viewpoints and expresses her love to her father-homeland.

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Wow, she is stunning! Always a pleasure to look at her on TV.

I think she looks emaciated and tired. Maybe she is tired of writing the book about Paris.

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LoveUSA said: Not that it is important but I always thought she was Iranian and we shared some common DNA with her.

I believe you are talking about Sahel Rose. There was a story about her in Metropolis magazine a few years ago (about coming to Japan as a refugee).

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I believe you are talking about Sahel Rose. There was a story about her in Metropolis magazine a few years ago (about coming to Japan as a refugee).

yes, that is the reason for confusion. They look similar I think.

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