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Dull in places, some funny moments
on 8 October 2015
I don't think the book has dated too much though on numerous occasions Alan Booth does seem to have a pretty negative view of some things Japanese almost highlighting them when possible over maybe the charms of Japan, such as rude schoolboys, Ryokan owners, rubbish on the sides of the roads which in particular surprised me as I haven't seen such mess in Japan who are normally such a law abiding nation (but maybe as I haven't seen the whole country and different back in the 80s). People not having seen foreigners I can understand back then. The book though wasn't very gripping and the constant walking along highways and industrial areas a lot made for dull reading. Like someone else said I wished he off-roaded a bit more even if it added on the kilometers, as surely he wanted to see as much culture as possible also. It had its funny moments but not as many as I thought there would be and a lot of the recollections I thought were going to lead to something funny or interesting just fizzled out to nothing on occasions, such as a moment in the bar where someone was talking about him & he just left, and yes it happened but just meant there weren't that many great stories to recollect unlike some other travel books I read, partly the lack of off-roading led to this.