Atomic Sushi

Atomic Sushi

by Simon May
     
 

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As the first British professor of philosophy since 1882 to be invited to teach at the prestigious and enigmatic University of Tokyo, Simon May enjoyed a degree of access denied to other commentators. Each chapter of the book focuses on some everyday human matter, such as love, death, bureaucracy, hygiene, food, commuting, education, marriage, and memory. Japanese… See more details below

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As the first British professor of philosophy since 1882 to be invited to teach at the prestigious and enigmatic University of Tokyo, Simon May enjoyed a degree of access denied to other commentators. Each chapter of the book focuses on some everyday human matter, such as love, death, bureaucracy, hygiene, food, commuting, education, marriage, and memory. Japanese attitudes to such issues are explored through a mixture of light-hearted anecdote and trenchant analysis, and through his vivid accounts of flying goldfish, gangsters at funerals, businessmen paying good money to be whipped, doctors faking death certificates, and cover-ups at all levels of society, Simon May provides a unique first-hand account of immersion into a fascinating culture.

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"A sympathetic portrait, prescient about Japan's recovery as a major economic power."  —A.C. Grayling, author, Toward the Light of Liberty

"The anecdotes are often hilarious, sharply drawn and told in a droll tone that contrasts with the eccentricities being conjured up. The interpretations are sometimes amusing and sometimes astute . . . May has a delicious, if sometimes cruel, take on things."  —The Financial Times

"May goes to weddings, funerals, meetings with high-powered businessmen and New Year's Eve celebrations with Zen Buddhists, providing a series of brief but well-observed and often funny snapshots of life in Japan."  —Times Literary Supplement

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846882821
Publisher:
Alma Books
Publication date:
11/01/2007
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
218
File size:
0 MB

Meet the Author

Simon May is the author of From Behind the Akamon Gate: Snapshots of the Fall and Rise of Japan, The Little Book of Big Thoughts: A Handbook of Aphorisms, Nietzsche's Ethics and His War on Morality, and The Pocket Philosopher: A Handbook of Aphorisms.

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