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5.0 out of 5 stars an extraordinary trek recounted by an extraordinary writer
The late Alan Booth was one of a relatively small number of foreigners to adopt Japan as his home. He was a fluent speaker of the language and well versed in many aspects of Japanese culture and history. As such he was well qualified to write a book about Japan and he avoids the cliches of oriental inscrutability so common to critiques of Japanese culture. The structure...
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A not bad book although a bit boring and long winded at times, perhaps a bit dated as well but still worth a read if you're into Japan and Japanese culture.
Published 12 months ago by SF


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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a really excellent book. Alan Booth really understood Japan and his ..., 2 Nov 2014
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This is a really excellent book. Alan Booth really understood Japan and his place in Japanese society as a foreigner. Highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Cynical Journey, 29 April 2005
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The title of this book gives the reader a good idea of what to expect from the content, and true, the author portrays this journey in sometimes delightful detail. Sadly however, an undertone of cynicism towards the Japanese people marrs the effect throughout; What could have been seen as the enchanting quaintness of the Japanese people's fascination of 'The West' and all it entails is brushed aside by the author as mere irritations. It is perhaps unfortunate the the author had lived so long in the country before attempting the expedition, since a fresh outlook may have been better able to appreciate and impart the experience. The general feeling by the end of the book, when even a press photographer showing interest in the completion of what is a remarkable endeavour is treated by the author Booth with disdain, is one of fatigue with the country. If you are a lover of travel novels this is one for you, but if you are seeking a book with insight into the 'real' Japan you may be sadly disappointed.
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