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Okay...but not to my personal taste.
on 23 March 2013
I have been lucky enough to visit Japan for vacations six times, so pride myself on having some knowledge of the country as a whole and of certain towns and cities in particular. I have never actually lived in the country, so cannot offer comment as to the degree that my experiences will differ from that of the author...but his experiences would seem vastly at odds with my own.
I felt that, as I read the book, it was fortunate that I hadn't been planning my first visit because I would probably never have bothered. It seemed to me that vast riches that Japan offers in culture and history have been addressed only in passing. It is not in my view a travelogue but a record of the experiences of a person living in Japan.
I will admit that the author is seeing Japan through the eyes of somebody who has lived a very different life and lifestyle to my own and I didn't really enjoy the book for that reason. What made other reviewers laugh out loud may have made me smile but I struggled to get through this book...and it was on a topic (Japan) which I normally enjoy.
It wasn't a bad book, but neither does it excel.