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Avoiding the usual clichés--Japan's polite society, its unusual fashion trends, its crowded subways--Williamson focuses on some lesser-known aspects of the country and culture. In stunning watercolors and piquant texts, she explains the terms used to order various amounts of tofu, the electric rugs found in many Japanese homes, and how to distinguish a maiko from a geisha. She observes sumo wrestlers in traditional garb as they use ATMs, the wonders of "Santaful World" at a Kyoto department store, and the temple carpenters who spend each Sunday dancing to rockabilly. A Year in Japan is a colorful journey to the beauty, poetry, and quirkiness of modern Japana book not just to look at but to experience.
Posted May 23, 2009
Posted May 3, 2006
brilliant book and very nice to read. Japan remains a myth to us all, but solid analysis would show that Japan remains a closed society at large. Two very nice books explore the myth: (1) China's Global Reach: Markets, Multinationals, and Globalization (2) Japan: Who Governs? First book pinpoints Japan's internal problems, while the 2nd gives a broad view. Both are very insightful.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.