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A Ride In The Neon Sun: A Gaijin in Japan [Kindle Edition]

Josie Dew
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Fast paced and humorous, Josie Dew's sometimes absurd experiences riding through Japan are delightfully recorded in A ride in the Neon Sun. Cycle enthusiast or not, anyone considering a trip to Japan would do well to prepare themselves with this book. A Ride in the Neon Sun is informative and coupled with the author's social observations, provides the reader with a true picture of a country and its people. Josie Dew embraces the culture of Japan in a whirlwind Tour de Nippon told from the saddle of her bicycle.

For the tested Far-Eastern traveller or the tourist ready to venture further afield, A Ride in the Neon Sun is an eye-opening account of a " 'Guijin', (foreigner) in Japan." Dew's social observations are honest and detailed. Her appreciation and acceptance of the bizarre epitomise the open mindedness one must explore different cultures with. Dew takes us on a wonderful yet wacky trip around Japan. She does not simply list the events as they happen, but instead explains the Whys?, Whens? and Hows?.

From Tokyo to Yokohama, armed with an ineffectual phrasebook including key conversation pieces such as: "Well, by gosh, I am from Missouri" and her trusty bicycle, the reader is introduced to all that is Japan. A Ride in the Neon Sun is set to follow in the successful slipstream of her previous books, The Wind in My Wheels, (Shortlisted for the 1992 British Books Travel Writer of the Year Award.) and Travels in a Strange State. --Jon Smith

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* "Her writing is witty, sharp and sparkles with vitality." -- THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE

* "It is her well developed sense of the ridiculous which makes her adventures so entertaining." -- TODAY

* `Josie Dew's efforts pay off, enabling you to freewheel effortlessly through this riveting country' -- TIME OUT

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 866 KB
  • Print Length: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere; New Ed edition (2 Aug 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008KS603U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #226,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Travel Book Ever 5 Oct 2005
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I don't like travel books. I found Bryson at school very, very dull, and that was my opinion of travel writing: dull.
So why did I read 'A Ride in the Neon Sun'? My grandmother happened upon this book and said it was very funny. Funny? Travel writing? Having an interest in Japan, I thought I'd get a copy.
This book is stunningly well written. It goes into just enough detail, and Dew make many witty observations about Japan. True, she occassionally uses the same jokes over and over again, but the books feels like a journey. It feels like you are exploring Japan with Ms Dew, and her very English sense of humour. She only reiterates what you would really notice over-and-over again.
Basically, whether or not you like travel, this book is a must-read. I sat giggling at this book on the bus, at the bus stop, at lunch, waiting in the street. Anywhere I could read it. And it's lasted well too.
Amazing. Possibly one of the best books I've read for several years now.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate, insightful and funny 29 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Unbeknownst to me, Josie and I cycled through Japan at the same time (my excuse was I was living there at the time and was a "weekend cyclist"). Reading of her travels has brought back many wonderful (and awful) memories. Josie uses a style that makes it quite easy for the reader to gain a "first person" perspective and is highly addictive. My only criticism (and this is aimed at fate rather than Josie) is that the tales end too quickly. "Pah! To all you of short attention span" say I, "not 100 pages less but 200 more......"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining joy-ride for the newby gaijin! 26 April 2006
Format:Hardcover
Having read some of the scathing reviews by some sour parties on here, I thought I'd add my say.

If you are interested in Japan and have no in-depth experience of the country, you will be enchanted with this book! It covers just enough about the main interests in Japan a foreigner might have, going into a fair amount of depth without boring you rigid. This is a saddle bag account of her magical mystery tour of this wonderful country, with the many amusing encounters and range of emotions go with spending so long in a foreign land.

The book is thoughtful and well written and for those new to Japan(ese), contains a list of Japanese words and expressions that proves a helpful resource.

However, if you (like me) have experience of Japan that goes past the rose-tinted view of the tourist, this will no-doubt cover old ground that you had heard about on many numerous occaisions - so if you were looking for something deeper, you may well be found wanting.

This book is a great intro for anyone interested in Japan, and comes well recommended as a light-hearted introduction to the fascinating country I'm lucky enough to call my second home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A heart-warming, amusing and informative book. 11 Sep 2000
Format:Paperback
A very amusing book about Ms Dew's haphazard approach to cycling round Japan. I found the generous nature of the Japanese as revieled by this book a complete surprise. One of the best travel books I've read and I've read all of Bill Bryson.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow start but fantastic by the end 3 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
Yes, this is unlike her earlier books and it is more about Japan than it is about cycling. However, she manages to describe a culture quite unlike her own with warm, enthusiasm and quite a lot of humour, often concluding that what is alien depends entirely on where you're standing. It is a fascinating insight into what is probably a misunderstood and under-rated culture in the West and I only wish I could go there tomorrow.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For anyone considering going to Japan 12 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
My daughter is currently teaching in Japan for two years and so I thought that this book would be helpful to me as an insight to the Japanese culture. I was not disappointed.
From what my daughter has told me and after reading the book, I am compelled to say that the book is an excellent guide to this strange culture. For anyone considering going to Japan and wondering what lies ahead, this is an accurate reflection of the Japanese people.
I found it informative, witty and a great read. This is my first Josie Dew book and I will be looking for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JUST GREAT. 15 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
BRILLIANT, BEYOND ALL EXPECTATIONS. GOOD DESCRIPTION OF PLACES VISITED. I WOULD READ THIS AGAIN.

YOU SHOULD READ THIS. IT WILL AMAZE YOU.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A 'light' view on Japan. 19 Oct 2011
Format:Paperback
Having just recently read the book I have taken a little time for it to settle. The first hundred or so pages had me laughing out loud but from that point on it became very repetitive and Josie Dews humour started to really grate.

My wife is Japanese and I have been learning the language for some years now so I would say that I know a fair bit about the culture. I found Josies views on the country and its people rather patronising. She comes across as very ignorant with the observations she makes.

Japan has a very rich and complex culture which Josie barely scratches the surface of, opting instead for the smart quips and fun making of the way the people speak English. As I mentioned, this is amusing at the beginning but grows very tiring after a while. There seems to be little to no attempt to actually understand the country or its people and pretty much a constant stream of how funny and strange these people are. Also, from reading this book the reader might be lead to believe that the country is a rather dirty and run down place which couldn't be further from the truth.

Having said all this, the book does deliver towards the end and in the final hundred and fifty pages she actually writes with real sincerity of the meetings she has with various characters. I'm glad that I persevered with it as I really did enjoy the final third of the book.

Aside from the irritating humour the main problem with the book is that it's too long. Im not sure why the editor didn't cut a lot out of the middle as the repetition is very irritating at times. The countless times (literally hundreds) that she uses the phrase "Ah so desu ka?" or the word gaijin is unbelievable and quite how the editor did not trim this down is beyond me.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Took a while to get going
It took me quite a while to endear to Josie, although I can't put my finger on why. In fact, I'd read almost a quarter of the book and was getting really bored of it, it just... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by McPunky
5.0 out of 5 stars New hope
I suffer from MS, but having crashed into the abyss, reading Josie's books, all of them, I am inspired to try to climb back out again (if thats possible). Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by Donald
5.0 out of 5 stars She makes me wish...
...I could ride a bike! I can't, but I've read most of Josie's books and fully intend to read the rest. Read more
Published on 2 April 2009 by Caribou
1.0 out of 5 stars badly-written and tedious
i had high hopes for this book, having picked it up in a bookshop recently. however, on getting home and settling in on the sofa, i quickly became exasperated at the style of... Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2004
1.0 out of 5 stars Japan: magnet for brainless, aspiring travel writers...
This book is shockingly poor. The Japan I have lived in for 5 years (as an English teacher) bears no resemblence to the Japan depicted by this trite slab of pulp unworthy of its... Read more
Published on 17 Nov 2003 by "s_bate"
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but repetitive
I bought the book because I saw a friend reading it, and enjoyed what I was reading at first. However, I'm now about 2/3 the way through and am now finding it highly repetitive. Read more
Published on 4 July 2002 by P. E. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Wacky and enthralling, both the author and the subject
Stumbling across this book by accident was a highlight in my reading year. Josie manages to combine an unusual sense of fun and wacky observational skills with an obvious... Read more
Published on 15 Dec 2001 by Roger Macdivitt (romac@euphony.net
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