Johanus Parr reviewer

Helpful votes received on reviews: 66% (52 of 79)
Location: The Heart of England
Birthday: 5 Nov


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,222,461 - Total Helpful Votes: 52 of 79
A Bilingual Handbook on Japanese Culture
This has 2 purposes. The first, a short introduction to topics, may seem to be stolen by the inter-web , innit? BUT here it is concise and kept to a sane level, and it can be browsed in English.

All students of Japanese promise they will get round to expanding their vocabulary: here is a shortcut to a massive range of topics. This book has hundreds of short passages which are easy to unravel.

I suspect this is slightly easier to use for the Japanese learner of English or someone who wants to translate that way. THERE ARE NO FURIFGANA here. But if you have a nintendo DS dictionary etc, I think this would BE IDEAL
Isn't Anyone Alive? [DVD] <b>DVD</b> ~ Shota Somentani
Isn't Anyone Alive? [DVD] DVD ~ Shota Somentani
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I find it difficult to suggest that everyone watch a film that many will find exasperating and empty of many of the dramatic facets of what many see as a film. Even the settings fail to progress from the University and University Hospital on the rural edge of the city. If the place becomes almost a stage is not a mere play: indeed it plays with images and set-ups of other Japanese films: or is that my imagination? It gives a space to think and feel. about what you want at least. I am not sure this play tells you anything about how to take the unfolding events: in that it it may in fact shock. It seems almost as mundane as life at times, and gives us time to be in ourselves as well as… Read more
Samurai by John Man
Samurai by John Man
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
As someone who has visited most of the Kyushu sites mentioned, I must say this is a great book for feeling you missed a whole lot. The Last Samurai: The Life and Battles of Saigo Takamori by Mark Ravina (2005) is a superb read and he really gets into the Japanese documentation and history. Man does not rival him there. But where Man is excellent is that everyting is sourced and party of the tale. In order to visit and meet these people Man must already have been deep in Saigo studies. However he never reaches the stage where he makes an essay out of what Saigo did. He makes the process and the campaigns clear, and leaves the sources- many purely conversational- to argue it out… Read more

Wish List