3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gritty, rings true,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Speed Tribes: Days and Nights with Japan's Next Generation (Paperback)
As someone who has lived, studied, and worked in Tokyo, I have come in cursory contact with many of the types of people described in this book. So, please believe me when I say that Greenfeld is for real and his narrative rings true. While a bit overly melodramatic in spots, he has done a superb job of not only capturing and explaining his subjects but has also added a very necessary facet to the general public's image of modern Japan. Just as a Japanese person might want to understand our hippie, punk, gang, sex, and drug subcultures to get a fuller understanding of the US, so too would an non-Japanese be drawn to this book. The difference being that it is much harder to find anyone with an authoritative voice in Japan willing to tell about this stuff. Hats off to young Karl Greenfeld.